The Right To Keep And Bear Arms

The Relationship Between Gun Control And Genocides

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                                 Excerpts from
                                       
THE WAR ON GUN OWNERSHIP STILL GOES ON

   as appearing in March 1994's Guns & Ammo magazine.
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LETHAL LAWS

   Military rifles are society's "life preservers." Without them gun
   control can ultimately lead to mass murder.
   
   By Jay Simkin
   
The Down-Side of Gun Control

   Advocates cannot see any harm in gun control, but it has a nasty
   downside. Its victims number in the tens of millions. Its downside is
   genocide: the mass-murder of civilians on account of religion,
   language, or political views. Since 1900, at least seven major
   genocides have occurred worldwide involving 50-60 million victims (see
   table).
   
   MAJOR 20th CENTURY GENOCIDES -- THE COST OF GUN-CONTROL
                                                Date of
Perpetrator                       # Murdered    Gun-Ctrl  Source
Gov.        Date     Target       (Estimated)   Law     Document
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Ottoman     1915-17  Armenians    1-1.5 Mil.    1866    Art. 166,
Turky                                                   Penal Code

Soviet      1929-53  Anti-Comm.   20 Million    1929    Art. 128,
Union                Anti-Stal.                         Penal Code

Nazi        1933-45  Jews,        13 Million    1928    Law on Fire-
Germany              Anti-Nazis,                        arms & Ammun.
& occupied           Gypsies                            April 12,
Europe                                                  Weapons Law,
                                                        March 18

China       1948-52  Anti-        20 Million    1935    Arts. 186 & 7
                     Communists                         Penal Code.
                                                1966-   Pro-Reform
                                                1976    Group

Guatemala   1960-81  Mayan        100,000       1871    Decree #36
                     Indians                    1964    Decree #283

Uganda      1971-79  Christians,  300,000       1955    Firearms Ord.
                     Pol. Rivals                1970    Firearms Act

Cambodia    1975-79  Educated     1 Million     1956    Arts. 322-328,
                     Persons                            Penal Code

TOTAL VICTIMS: 55.9 MILLION
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   (English translations of the original gun control laws responsible for
   all this genocide are in the book, Lethal Laws, available from:

JPFO, Inc.,
2872 South Wentworth Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53207
$24.95 pp.

   They also have many other items available, including side-by-side
   comparisons of Nazi and U.S. gun control laws.)
   
   The rest of this article deals with the relationship between gun
   control and genocide in some detail. It's very enlightening. The
   author cites many sources, and also shows:
   
     * Government officials are the world's largest mass murderers.
     * How we can prevent genocide in America -- and how it almost
       happened HERE to 125,000 Americans in 1941-42.
     * The government is NOT all-powerful: All law enforcement (including
       military) in the US is only 1.1% of the population.
     * Several cases where armed citizens have prevented genocide
       (Afghanistan is one example).
     * The Chicago Police Department report: from 1965 to 1992, there
       were 21,204 gun murders -- Nine (9) were from bullets that might
       have come from a military-type weapon!
       
   Read the rest of this article in the March 1994 issue of Guns & Ammo.
   The author has been researching this and writing about it for many
   years.



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