History tells us that when governments take away the individuals rights to own firearms tyranny follows. When the government is the only group with guns then the people are defenseless and cannot resist what follows. At times government has allies in it’s effort to disarm the citizenry.
Stephen P. Halbrook, in his column How the Nazis Used Gun Control, writes:
The perennial gun-control debate in America did not begin here. The same arguments for and against were made in the 1920s in the chaos of Germany’s Weimar Republic, which opted for gun registration. Law-abiding persons complied with the law, but the Communists and Nazis committing acts of political violence did not.
In 1931, Weimar authorities discovered plans for a Nazi takeover in which Jews would be denied food and persons refusing to surrender their guns within 24 hours would be executed. They were written by Werner Best, a future Gestapo official. In reaction to such threats, the government authorized the registration of all firearms and the confiscation thereof, if required for “public safety.”
The interior minister warned that the records must not fall into the hands of any extremist group. In 1933, the ultimate extremist group, led by Adolf Hitler, seized power and used the records to identify, disarm, and attack political opponents and Jews. Constitutional rights were suspended, and mass searches for and seizures of guns and dissident publications ensued. Police revoked gun licenses of Social Democrats and others who were not “politically reliable.”
The National Shooting Sports Foundation reports:
Anti-hunting groups are working to ban the use of traditional ammunition with lead components. California has banned hunting with traditional ammunition and other states are under pressure to join the anti-hunting movement.
The economic impact of a ban on traditional ammo? Price increases will drive hunters away. In California, 36% of hunters said they will hunt less or stop hunting all together due to the ban. States will lose as a key contributor to the economy, bringing with it jobs and tax revenue.
This leads inevitably to an environmental impact. Fewer hunters mean fewer conservation dollars. Sportsmen and women pay taxes on every firearm or ammunition purchase – contributing to the largest source of conservation funding. Banning traditional ammunition will lead to funds drying up. These funds support the habitat and wildlife conservation projects that have helped populations soar in recent decades.
Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice-President of the National Rifle Association, in Your Ammo Is Next On Obama’s List writes:
President Barack Obama is setting the table to ban your ammunition—all of it.
Don’t be fooled by the administration’s recent decision to back off from its proposed ban on common rifle ammunition. Even their own words—“at this time”—leave no doubt that their scheme to ban even more ammunition will be back.
Already, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) Director Todd Jones has suggested that “any 5.56 round”—not just the M855 version—should be banned.
Even now, congressional Democrats are urging the president to move “swiftly” on the ban.
We know they’re coming back and we must, and will, be ready.
The Second Amendment was not written to protect the government against the people, it was written to protect the people from the government.