THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 705, January 14, 2013
It's so easy to forget why exactly it is that we
need to become a police state for our own safety.
Who are the ideological forebears of the modern Gun Control Crowd?
Attribute to L. Neil Smith's The Libertarian Enterprise
Recently, a friend of mine sent me a video of a tattoo'd man ranting against the Gun Control crowd, and told me that THIS is what my support of the 2nd Amendment would lead me to. The video's final words were "If it goes one inch further I'm gonna start killin' people!" He was not eloquent, but he summed up a lot of the frustration many of us feel. But I admit that to many, he would be a reason to ridicule support of the 2nd Amendment. So I thought that all people should read the words of the most famous people who support their desire to strip American citizens of their Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Some supporters claim only to want to restrict a "few extra dangerous types of weapons, and high capacity magazines. Others are opposed to carry, open or concealed, of handguns. And some admit to wanting ALL guns removed from private ownership. But ALL of them have one thing in common. Not one single historical figure who espoused the same ideas was a supporter of individual rights or personal freedoms. They were all dictators.
Josef Stalin said "If the opposition disarms, well and good. If it refuses to disarm, we shall disarm it ourselves." He is responsible for the extermination of approximately 20 million dissidents who had no way to defend themselves. By the time of the fall of the Soviet Union, that number had risen to over 61.9 million.
Adolf Hitler, dinner talk on April 11, 1942:
Benito Mussolini, address to the Italian Senate, 1931:
Mao Tze Tung, Nov 6, 1938:
China established gun control in 1935. From 1949 (when Mao assumed control) to 1952, approximately 10 million dissidents were rounded up and exterminated. By 1987, another 35 millions are believed exterminated by the Communist government.
And last but not least, Diane Feinstein, Statement on TV program 60
Minutes, Feb 5 1995:
I don't think George Washington would have approved of Ms Feinstein's views:
"A free people ought to be armed."
On the correct side, Constitutionally speaking are the following people. Including the people who wrote the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. The strongest
reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is,
as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in
"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone
who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it
but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are
ruined...The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who
is able might have a gun."
"Arms in the hands of citizens may be used at individual discretion
in private self defense."
"To disarm the people is the most effectual way to enslave them."
"Americans have the right and advantage of being armed, unlike the
people of other countries, whose leaders are afraid to trust them
"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It
is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves."
"The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the
sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and
constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops."
"To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the
people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when
young, how to use them."
And now for a few more contemporary supporters. Even a pacifist or two!
"That rifle on the wall of the labourer's cottage or working class
flat is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays
"If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be
reasonable to shoot back with your own gun."
"Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will
look upon the Act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest.
If we want the Arms Act to be repealed, if we want to learn the use
of arms, here is a golden opportunity. If the middle classes render
voluntary help to Government in the hour of its trial, distrust will
disappear, and the ban on possessing arms will be withdrawn."
Even a committed pair of pacifists think the right to keep and bear arms has a legitimate place in society. I wonder how the gun-control crowd will respond to this?
Was that worth reading?