Defeating the NRA is Like 'Defeating the Nazis'

Bob Schieffer compared Obama’s gun control speech to “passing civil rights legislation, as Lyndon Johnson was able to do; and before that, surely, defeating the Nazis, was a much more formidable task than taking on the gun lobby.”

When young people study the history of what the Nazis did to the Jews, one of the first questions they ask is, “Why didn’t the Jews fight back?” With what? The guns had been taken from them by law. The only people who could legally own guns were non-Jews who were loyal to the State.

Alex Seitz-Wald at SALON doesn’t like comparing what Obama and Co. are doing with new gun regulations to Nazi Germany. Who would? He says the NRA and others have their history wrong.

“[P]eople were shocked when the Drudge Report posted a giant picture of Hitler over a headline speculating that the White House will proceed with executive orders to limit access to firearms. The proposed orders are exceedingly tame, but Drudge’s reaction is actually a common conservative response to any invocation of gun control.”

Incremental tyranny is still tyranny. Tyranny by the inch leads to tyranny by the mile. Universal gun registration was part of Hitler’s strategy to put the German people under his thumb.

Gun ownership in Germany has an interesting history. It’s true that prior to Hitler, gun laws were very strict, but not because Germany had anything to do with them. To comply with the Treaty of Versailles, the German Weimar government was required to restrict gun ownership:

“In 1919, the German government passed the Regulations on Weapons Ownership, which declared that ‘all firearms, as well as all kinds of firearms ammunition, are to be surrendered immediately.’ Under the regulations, anyone found in possession of a firearm or ammunition was subject to five years’ imprisonment and a fine of 100,000 marks.”

Some historians contend that the draconian economic and military conditions of the Treaty of Versailles, which the Weimar government accepted and the German people hated, were a factor in elevating Hitler to power and creating German aggression that led to World War II.

Hitler was gearing up for war. He wanted Germans armed except for enemies of the State. Who were the biggest enemy of the German Master Race? Jews.

The 1938 law, Provision 1, stated:

“Jews . . . are prohibited from acquiring, possessing, and carrying firearms and ammunition, as well as truncheons or stabbing weapons. Those now possessing weapons and ammunition are at once to turn them over to the local police authority.”

What made it easy for Hitler and his Brown Shirts to take over and intimidate the masses? The people had been generally disarmed! Dr. Gary North writes: “As everyone with any knowledge of German history in the 1920s knows, the Nazis ignored the [gun prohibition law that had been implemented by the Weimar government]. In 1933, they took over. They suppressed all dissent. How? Because they were armed, while the rest of the population wasn’t. Is there cause and effect here?”

There are a number of historical “what ifs.” Armchair historians often speculate what would have happened if Fidel Castro had been a better baseball player or if the bubble top had been in place on JFK’s car when he went to Dallas on that fateful November day in 1963.

The same is true about Germans, Jews, and guns. Would Hitler have been able to use strong-arm tactics to bully his way into power if the Weimar government hadn’t implemented strict gun control laws? Would the Jews have been in a better position to resist if they had been able to arm themselves? We’ll never know. What we do know is that an unarmed population is a defenseless population :

“If the slogan ‘Never Again!’ is to be taken seriously, then no single aspect of the Holocaust can be relegated to the Orwellian Memory Hole for denial—including Nazism’s brutal repression of the right of the people to keep and bear arms in order to dominate the populace at large and to eradicate disfavored members and groups.”[1]








Notes:
  1. Stephen P. Halbrook, “Nazism, the Second Amendment, and the NRA: A Reply to Professor [Bernard] Harcourt,” Texas Review of Law & Politics, vol. 11 (2006), 116–117. []

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Gary is a graduate of Western Michigan University (1973) and earned his M.Div. at Reformed Theological Seminary in 1979. He is the author of countless essays, news articles, and more than 27 book titles.

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  • Allen goldberg

    Note to BobS: you sir are as fracking dumb as a bag of hammers!!

  • Jed54

    Bob Schieffer is just another candidate for the Trembling Hills Retirement Home. He’s Nobody of importance…. I believe I heard his name mentioned one time last year..

  • gbandy

    Bob: You truly are an idiot! The Nazi’s took away the guns from the law abiding. So it is Obama, Biden, Feinstein Cuomo and YOU are the Nazis.

  • REID

    Those morons have it ass backwards, Obama is the Nazi.. No self respecting Nazi would allow the freedom afforded to an armed populous

  • dave

    Shiefer, your an idiot. The NRA is fighting for WE THE PEOPLE unlike Hitler. Put obama in Hitlers crowd.

  • rick

    funny stuff, when a nazi propagandist, like schieffer and goebbels before him, call out publically, that their kettle is black, eh.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Abinico-Warez/100002657822528 Abinico Warez

    Another liberal wet pantie speaks. Demar, the perfect place for you is prison – they don’t allow guns there.

  • conservative

    The country will be a better place when this old SOB passes.

  • 1Responce

    Since when did defending the rights of legal citizens become something that should be defeated? Mr. Schieffer again exposes himself as an adversary of Americans.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Whittington/100001496682673 John Whittington

    Schieffer! Your Ancesters would rollover in the grave to know that you are falling for the same crap that some of your ancesters did!

  • Buck

    Bob Schieffer should know ALL about NAZI , Germanys National socialist party , the worthless communist SOB.

  • Pat

    You can blame our dear media for lots of this junk.

  • Don39

    The professional liberal propagandist is 180 degrees out of phase. It is he and the socialist progressive (regressive) left that are Nazi like in many regards, they are already talking about killing their opposition to have their way, and they have been killing and defending the killing of the innocent, to include black genocide, for years!

  • http://www.facebook.com/william.benton.50 William Benton

    Gun control is not about guns it is about control of the people

  • Lloydl333

    Typical Leftist media assh _ _ e. Bob Schieffer and Morgan need to inhabit the UK where they will feel at home.

    Funjy thing if I don’t like something I don’t own it. Leftist don’t like something they want to outlaw it.

    Just who is the liberal here?

  • Samuel Clemens

    It’s the NAZI’s that want to take our guns. At some point we must ask, Why does Der Furher Obama want to take our guns? He & Bloomberg have delusions of being the next New Order World Leaders, which is exactly why we need “assault rifles.” It was the British that was trying to take the guns of the militia at Concord, Mass that created this nation. The self same guns will save it from the fascists. The blood of the children is on the hands of the anti-gun lobby that created the “Gun Free Zones” killing fields. Patriots, the war has begun, again.

  • rmwayne

    And defeating these Obama communists who want to disarm the population of this country would be like defeating Stalin, Mao and the rest of the communist scum who want nothing more than to destroy this country and turn it into a one world govt. colony.

  • Ken

    Would someone tell that idiot that there is probably some of those N R A “tyrants ” that helped to defeat Hither so he could mouth off when he wants to.I have always heard not to let your mouth over load your hind end. Seems he needs to take that advice.

  • crustyone

    Bob must have his head planted firmly in a posterior region.