Many people are unaware of the history of gun control and therefore do not understand the potential consequences.
The atrocities of World War II did not happen so long ago. You probably know people who remember what happened while Hitler was in office. However, as the saying goes, history repeats itself. Here is a list of more recent extermination events. This is my slightly edited version of what appears to an original article by Dean Speir.
Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, without the means to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979 under General Idi Amin Dada, 300,000 Christians and political rivals of Amin, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. Human rights groups say actually up to 500,000 people were killed during Idi Amin’s 8-year rule. Bodies were dumped into the Nile River because graves couldn’t be dug fast enough. At one point, so many bodies were fed to crocodiles that the remains occasionally clogged intake ducts at Uganda’s main hydroelectric plant at Jinja.
Cambodia established gun control in 1956. Between 1975 and 1979, 2,035,000 “educated” people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
In a March 1976 coup in Argentina, a military junta seized power and went on a campaign to wipe out left-wing terrorism with terror far worse than the one they were combating. For seven years thousands of people, most of them dissidents and innocent civilians unconnected with terrorism, were arrested and then vanished without a trace…[In 1983] a report revealed the systematic abductions of men women and children and the methodic use of torture and murder. Human rights groups say up to 30,000 people were killed or “disappeared” as the military waged its campaign against a disarmed citizenry.
The United Nations imposed gun control after civil war broke out in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1992. Although the town of Srebrenica was a UN-designated “safe area,” in July of 1995 more than 7,000 unarmed Muslim men and boys were murdered by Serb forces as the UN forces in the town proved unable or unwilling to help its Muslim population.
In April 2000, toward the end of Sierra Leone‘s 11-year civil war in which the United Nations convinced civilians to surrender their private weapon, those citizens ended up defenseless when 500 UNAMSIL peacekeepers in the east, unable to protect even themselves, were taken hostage by rebels moving on the capital of Freetown.
And back in Uganda, extreme brutality and death continue today due to the government’s continued attempts at “forceful disarmament” of the civilian populace, primarily Karamojong tribespeople.
Additionally, in 2006 the genocide of unarmed victims in Darfur is unfathomably bad, more than two million people, yet no one has acted to stop it. The United Nations has failed to issue any meaningful sanctions against the openly racist Islamist dictatorship in Khartoum perpetrating it, or to even call it a genocide.
And some more facts about gun control:
A gun permit applicant in Darfur must be over 30 years old, have specified social and economic status, and be physically examined by a doctor. A handgun owner can legally purchase only 15 rounds of ammunition a year, hardly enough to gain any level of proficiency. Violation of the gun control laws include severe penalties, ranging up to execution by the government. David B. Kopel, Paul Gallant and Joanne D. Eisen, writing in the Notre Dame Law Review (Volume 81, Number 4), note that that national gun-control statutes for the Darfur victims effectively prevent self defense.
According to Robert J. Cottrol in “A Liberal Democrat’s Lament” (The American Enterprise, September/October 1999), University of Hawaii political scientist Rudolph J. Rummel, one of the leading students of democide (mass murder of civilian populations by governments), has estimated that nearly 180 million people were murdered by their own governments in the 20th century, the largest single cause of untimely death in the world.
It’s clear that Adolf Hitler (1889-1945) deemed gun control a critical element of his National Socialist policy. After having occupied Russian territory he wrote in Tischegesprache Im Fuhrerhauptquartier 1941-1942:
“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.”
Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control: at least 56 million… that we know about. The places are all too familiar: Stalin’s Russia, Nazi Germany, Communist China, Uganda, Rwanda, Guatemala, Cambodia, Armenia, The Sudan, Bosnia and many more.
The author of this piece states, “So the next time someone talks in favor of gun control, ask them ‘Who do you want to round up and exterminate?'”
I ask you to please pray for this nation. We are fooling ourselves if we think such evil cannot happen here.