Nazi Gun Control Laws: a Familiar Road to Citizen Disarmament?

By:  Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
Nazi Gun Control Laws: a Familiar Road to Citizen Disarmament?

Despite being called "paranoid fantasies" of the far-right, there are some substantial similarities between Nazi gun control laws and those being considered by Congress and the president.

In an article earlier this month, the online Huffington Post mocked the Drudge Report for posting pictures of Adolf Hitler (shown on right, with Benito Mussolini) and Josef Stalin above the headline: “White House Threatens ‘Executive Orders’ on Guns.”

A Google search using the search term “Obama Hitler Gun Control” delivers nearly six million results.

While such evidence is certainly not scientific, it does reveal an increase in the interest of the role of the disarmament of a citizenry in the development of a fascist regime. If one can identify these milestones on the road to the Third Reich, for example, perhaps similar steps can be avoided in the United States of America.

There are those, of course, who hold to the belief that a reduction in arms is progress. President Obama said as much after his recent meeting with police chiefs regarding local enforcement of forthcoming gun control measures.

Not surprisingly, some of those advocates of an unarmed society have sat on the bench of the nation’s highest court.

In 1972, in the case of Adams v. Williams, Justice William O. Douglas wrote a dissenting opinion stating, “There is no reason why pistols should not be barred to everyone except the police.”

There is one glaring reason that should be obvious to a trained jurist. The Second Amendment to the United States declares, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” This right historically has been the right that protects all others. An armed populace is recognized as the most significant ally of liberty in its conflict with tyranny.

As Adolf Hitler himself explained, “The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing.”

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