Here's an interesting and sobering e-mail from an old friend and reader of my blog:
After the tragedy in Colorado, gun control advocates will again gain the national spotlight. The truth is that one gun carried by a responsible person might have saved lives in that theater. The next time someone mentions gun control, remind them of this history lesson:
|In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were exterminated.
|In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were exterminated.
|Germany established gun control in 1932. *From 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and dissidents who were unable to defend themselves were exterminated.
|China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, about 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were exterminated.
|Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million educated people, unable to defend themselves, were exterminated.
|Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were exterminated.
|Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were exterminated.
More than 56 million defenseless people were rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century as a result of gun control. Criminals and despots don't obey laws. Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and gun laws adversely affect only law abiding citizens. With guns, we're citizens. Without guns, we're subjects.
Frank R. Spencer, USMC (Ret.)
*The irony is that the Weimar Republic passed gun control laws because of Hitler's Brownshirts. It didn't work and his thugs took over the country anyway. Ten years later He had this to say, "The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to permit the conquered Eastern peoples to have arms. History teaches that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by doing so."
Adolf Hitler, April 11, 1942, in Tischegesprache Im Fuhrerhauptquartier.
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