A Brief History of Gun Control
From its inception, the attempt to regulate the possession of firearms for the purpose of self-defense by the general public—commonly known as gun control dates back for centuries when those in power who had the latest weapons of the day, attempted to keep the masses defenseless for the purposes of staying in power. Let’s take a look at just the 20th Century where gun control has lead to first gun registration, then later gun confiscation, which has ultimately lead to more tyranny by that government.
“If the opposition disarms, well and good. If it refuses to disarm, we shall disarm it ourselves.” — Joseph Stalin
Dictator of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics: 1929 to 1953
Date of Gun Control Law: 1929
Source: Article 182 Penal Code
Stalin earned his place in history as one of the most bloodthirsty socialist tyrants of the 20th Century. Stalin instituted gun control during his very first year in power. Then he simply took Lenin’s playbook and exterminated not only those who opposed him, but also those thought capable of opposition. Between mass executions, artificially created famines, slave labor in death camps, and ethnic cleansing, Stalin’s regime is estimated to have murdered over 20 million of its citizens.
“The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to posses arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subjected peoples to carry arms have prepared their own fall.” — Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany: 1933 to 1945
Date of Gun Control Law: 1928 & 1938
Source: Laws on Firearms & Ammunition and Weapons Law
Hitler was the National Socialist Leader and Reich Chancellor of Nazi Germany. During his horrific 12 year rule, he was not only responsible for starting the bloodiest war known to mankind but also exterminating over 6 million Jews. Like all good socialists, Hitler consolidated power by killing anyone who opposed him. The death toll of his actions who targeted Jews, Gypsies, Russian POWs, Jehovah’s Witnesses, so-called ‘terrorists,’ ‘criminals,’ ‘partisans,” Christians, Slavs, and others is estimated to be 13 million people. This is in addition to the 50 million who were killed as a result of World War II.
“All political power comes from the barrel of a gun. The communist party must command all the guns, that way, no guns can ever be used to command the party.” — Mao Tse Tung
Communist China: 1949 to 1976
Date of Gun Control Law: 1935 & 1957
Source: Articles 186-7, Penal Code Article 9, and Security Law
The Communist Party Chairman and founder of People’s Republic of China has the distinction of being listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the greatest mass murderer in human history. Because Red China was and for the foremost still is a closed society, the number of Chinese murdered by the State range is difficulty to determine; estimates range from 40 million and 80 million. While mass killings of ‘enemies of the state’ were not as widespread as the eelier purges, it is believed that the “Cultural Revolution” may have carried out as many as 500,000 deaths of ‘counter-revolutionaries.’
“I did not join the resistance movement to kill people, to kill the nation. Look at me now. Am I a savage person? My conscience is clear.” —Pol Pot
Cambodia: 1975 to 1979
Date of Gun Control Law: 1956
Source: Article 322-8, Penal Code
Following America’s withdraw from the Vietnam War, a wave of socialism swept across Cambodia in 1993. Pol Pot quickly distinguished himself and his Khmer Rouge among the tyrannical regimes ever by murdering an estimated 2 million people, one-quarter of Cambodia’s population, in just 3 years. That’s a rate of 4,109 murders per day, every day, for three years.