For all of you who own guns, read this, because this is what the NRA (National Rifle Association) has been saying for a long time but people don't seem to listen.
A Little Gun History Lesson
[Dr. Thomas C. Donahue]
In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.------------ --------- ---------
In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.------------ --------- ---------
Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated------------ --------- ---------
China established gun control in 1935. From 1948
1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend
themselves, were rounded up and
Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.------------ --------- ---------
Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.------------ --------- ---------
Cambodia established gun control in 1956. >From 1975 to 1977, one
million 'educated' people, unable to defend themselves, were
rounded up and
Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control: 56 million.------------ --------- ---------
In the year of 1996, gun owners in Australia were forced by
new laws to surrender 640,381 personal firearms, to be destroyed by
their own government, a program costing Australia taxpayers more than
$500 million dollars. The
first year crime statistics have shown:
Australia-wide, homicides are up 3.2 percent
Australia-wide, assaults are up 8.6 percent
Australia-wide, armed robberies are up 44 percent (yes, 44 percent)!
In the state of Victoria alone, homicides with firearms are now up 300 percent. Note that while the law-abiding citizens turned them in, the criminals did not, and criminals still possess their guns! It will never happen here? I bet the Aussies said that too! While figures over the previous 25 years showed a steady decrease in armed robbery with firearms, this has changed drastically upward in 1997, since criminals now are guaranteed that their prey is unarmed.
There has also been a dramatic increase in break-ins and assaults of the ELDERLY. Australian politicians are at a loss to explain how public safety has decreased, after such monumental effort and expense was expended in successfully ridding Australian society of guns. The Australian experience and the other historical facts above prove it.------------ --------- ---------
You won't see this data on the US evening news, or hear politicians disseminating this information.
Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws adversely affect only the law-abiding citizens.
The next time someone talks in favor of gun control, please remind him of this history lesson.
Guns.............We Are 'Citizens'.
Without Them........We Are 'Subjects'.
who turn their guns into plowshares,
will plow for those who did not.
During W.W.II the Japanese decided not to invade America because they knew most Americans were ARMED!
Note: Admiral Yamamoto who crafted the attack on Pearl Harbor had attended Harvard U 1919-1921 & was Naval Attaché to the U. S. 1925-28. Most of our Navy was destroyed at Pearl Harbor & our Army had been deprived of funding & was ill prepared to defend the country.
It was reported that when asked why Japan did not follow up the Pearl Harbor attack with an invasion of the U. S. Mainland, his reply was that he had lived in the U. S. & knew that almost all households had guns.
This page last updated 12/06/2008.