At the risk of fulfilling Godwin’s Law, those who oppose gun rights are like Nazis: They want it us to be unarmed in order to make it easier for the State to eventually control every aspect of our lives.
The Jews were not allowed to own businesses. They were not allowed to earn wages. They were not allowed to leave the ghetto. If they were not deemed essential to help the Nazi war effort (such as teachers and rabbis), they were bundled off to the concentration camps. They had no rights.
And then finally, the Nazis ‘liquidated’ the entire Jewish population there. Those fit for hard labour were taken to work as slaves. Those who were not were executed on the spot.
This was portrayed in Schindler’s List. As I watched six grown Jewish men lined up in a row, then four of them shot and killed by a single bullet fired by a Nazi soldier, I wondered:
Why couldn’t all 15,000 Jews rise up and overthrow the handful of Nazi soldiers?
The answer, of course, is because the Nazis had guns. Automatic rifles. And the Jews had none.
Now imagine if the Jews had been avid gun nuts. If every one of the 15,000 had even a revolver, that would be intimidating odds for a few hundred Nazi soldiers.
Or let’s be more realistic, and apply modern American gun ownership rates to the Kraków Jews. 39% of American households own at least one gun. That translates to 5850 angry Jews with ranged weapons in their hands.
The Nazis would think twice if that were the case. Especially in hindsight of the ability of well-armed Jews to massively kick butt.
“If a few hundred Jewish fighters in the Warsaw Ghetto could hold off the Wehrmacht for almost a month with only a handful of weapons, six million Jews armed with rifles could not so easily have been herded into cattle cars.” – Judge Kozinski
And via Allergic to Bull:
This article addresses German firearms laws and Nazi policies and practices to disarm German citizens, particularly political opponents and Jews. It begins with an account of post-World War I chaos, which led to the enactment in 1928 by the liberal Weimar republic of Germany’s first comprehensive gun control law. Next, the Nazi seizure of power in 1933 was consolidated by massive searches and seizures of firearms from political opponents, who were invariably described as “communists.” After five years of repression and eradication of dissidents, Hitler signed a new gun control law in 1938, which benefitted Nazi party members and entities, but denied firearm ownership to enemies of the state. Later that year, in Kristallnacht (the Night of the Broken Glass), in one fell swoop, the Nazi regime disarmed Germany’s Jews. Without any ability to defend themselves, the Jewish population could easily be sent to concentration camps for the Final Solution. After World War II began, Nazi authorities continued to register and mistrust civilian firearm owners, and German resistence to the Nazi regime was unsuccessful.
And thus it is with Americans who cling to their guns and the Second Amendment.
They don’t cling to their guns because they’re bitter, Mr. Snob-bama. They cling to them because history has taught them not to entrust their freedom, their protection and their lives to Socialist Big Brother Control Freaks like you.