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The Swiss Militia – A Model for America

Swiss influence was partly responsible for the adoption of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which provides: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

Most Americans only understand the phrase; “…the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed,” while ignoring the preceding phrase, “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state…”

The Founders didn’t say a militia would be nice to have. Rather they said, to paraphrase, if Americans want to maintain a system of freedom and liberty, a well regulated militia is necessary.

In Switzerland, there is no central governing authority. Political power is diffused through its Cantons. Cantons are geographical divisions similar to our states. The central government is weak while power remains in the hands of the people. Our Founders, for the most part, also envisioned a weak central government with power residing in the states and with the people.

The Swiss militia system was unlike anything in Europe and possibly the world.. Instead of relying on a standing army, Switzerland was (and still is) defended by a national militia. Every man was trained in war, had his rifle at home, was encouraged to practice frequently, and could be mobilized almost instantly. And here’s a little tidbit that will make Sara Brady and her gun-grabbing nest of snakes see red. Swiss militia members are not only allowed to purchase and use full-automatic machine guns, they can also (if they can afford it) buy armored vehicles, anti-tank weapons and artillery pieces. They are truly the homeland security of their tiny nation.

The Swiss-style militia is exactly the vision our Founders had for the defense and preservation of the nation they founded. Almost to a man the they feared and loathed a standing army and considered it an army of mercenaries – not necessarily loyal to the people from whence it sprang but rather to the power that paid them.

“What, Sir, is the use of a militia? It is to prevent the establishment of a standing army, the bane of liberty. …Whenever Governments mean to invade the rights and liberties of the people, they always attempt to destroy the militia, in order to raise an army upon their ruins.”
Elbridge Gerry – founding father and signer of the Declaration of Independence

The Founders preferred a militia for other important reasons as well. They considered the militia the best type of military because:
1. It protects the nation very well;
2. It is cheap;
3. It cannot be used for the wrong reasons;
4. It cannot be manipulated by power-seekers and
5. it cannot infringe on freedoms.

These criteria are the conditions that a good military must satisfy. A militia satisfies these better than the present standing army does.

A militia is also a purely defensive force. It cannot be used as an aggressor.

The Founders, despite their other views, almost to a man supported the usage of a militia over a standing army. A notable exception was Alexander Hamilton, a Federalist who not only encouraged a standing army, but also advocated a national banking system.

A militia after the Swiss model could never challenge, let alone overthrow, the federal government. Yet our current federal establishment frequently takes the position that militias are only formed to challenge or overthrow the government and indeed some groups of outlaws call themselves militia and have the overthrow of the government as their goal.

What then is a constitutionally correct militia as envisioned by the Founders? Again, they turned to the Swiss model.

When the first U.S. Congress met and turned to defense measures in 1791, Representative Jackson argued: “The inhabitants of Switzerland emancipated themselves by the establishment of a militia, which finally delivered them from the tyranny of their lords.” A law was passed requiring every able-bodied citizen to provide himself with a firearm and enroll in the militia, and it stayed on the books for over a century.

The “Swiss Confederation” developed only a weak central government, leaving most authority in the hands of the cantons or lower levels of government. The tradition of local autonomy helped keep Switzerland from experiencing the bitter civil wars between Catholics and Protestants that devastated Germany, France and England.

As one historian summarizes: “Switzerland was created in battle, reached its present dimensions by conquest and defended its existence by armed neutrality thereafter.” The experience of Swiss history has made national independence and power virtually synonymous with an armed citizenry.

America’s Founders admired Switzerland as a “Sister Republic” amidst the despotisms of Europe. The American Founders—like the Swiss—understood the moral implications of a universal militia system: a people who are trained to self-reliance and responsibility will defend their freedom to the utmost. But a people who rely on a professional standing army may not have the nerve to resist tyranny.

 As Switzerland proved in World War II, well-regulated militia really was necessary to the security of a free state.Swiss neutrality during WWII was not a gift bestowed by other nations or a declaration of neutrality but a status, earned through armed deterrence.

Further reading on the Swiss militia and gun control.

Click HERE to see where the Founders stood on the question of a standing army versus a militia and
additional reading about the Founders, the militia and gun control.

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TWO STATES DEBATING NULLIFICATION OF OVERREACHING FEDERAL LAWS AND MANDATES – 28 other states are waiting in the wings

Two states say they will exercise their constitutional rights to ignore or refuse costly and invasive federal mandates, statues and executive orders.

Montana and Arizona this week introduced plans to set up standing commissions tasked with reviewing these federal orders “to determine their constitutionality.” The commissions then will recommend state lawmakers nullify any federal law or regulation outside the scope of powers constitutionally delegated to the federal government.

EDITORIAL COMMENT BY OLDTIMER:

The entire article (linked to below) is vitally important NOW and shows how states are standing up to the federal government and pushing back against Obama’s attempts to socialize the nation.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, nullification is a mild form of secession. We must never forget the federal government is the child of the states and people. We had a country before we had a federal government. We had a union before we had a federal government. We created the federal government to handle things the individual states were ill-prepared to do, such as enacting uniform maritime shipping laws and conducting foreign affairs with a unified front.

We neither gave the federal government permission nor authority to twist the simple wording of the so-called “Commerce Clause” of the Constitution into the justification for federal intrusion into nearly every aspect of our lives.

It was always in the minds and hearts of the founders of our Republic that any state that felt a federal law exceeded the limited authority given the federal government, that state or states could nullify, or simply ignore the law. NEVER was the federal government given authority to dictate laws to the states and force compliance.

Abraham Lincoln, one of the worst presidents in our history, changed that when he declared war on southern and western states for rebelling against what they felt were onerous and illegal tariffs that protected northern interests and hurt the Rebels.

States today face a similar challenge as the federal government passes illegal and unconstitutional laws. This may be our best chance, short of secession, to un-do Lincoln’s damage to state’s rights and tame our runaway federal government. We sure can’t count on Congress to stand up for the people.

Please – read the entire report HERE. It’s a real eye-opener.

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45 GOALS OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY – 1963

See how many of these goals have become true.

Source: The Information Corner Communist Goals (1963)

Congressional Record–Appendix, pp. A34-A35

January 10, 1963

Current Communist Goals

EXTENSION OF REMARKS OF HON. A. S. HERLONG, JR. OF FLORIDA
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Thursday, January 10, 1963

Mr. HERLONG. Mr. Speaker, Mrs. Patricia Nordman of De Land, Fla., is an ardent and articulate opponent of communism, and until recently published the De Land Courier, which she dedicated to the purpose of alerting the public to the dangers of communism in America.

At Mrs. Nordman’s request, I include in the RECORD, under unanimous consent, the following “Current Communist Goals,” which she identifies as an excerpt from “The Naked Communist,” by Cleon Skousen:

[From The Naked Communist by Cleon Skousen]

CURRENT COMMUNIST GOALS

1. U.S. acceptance of coexistence as the only alternative to atomic war.

2. U.S. willingness to capitulate in preference to engaging in atomic war.

3. Develop the illusion that total disarmament [by] the United States would be a demonstration of moral strength.

4. Permit free trade between all nations regardless of Communist affiliation and regardless of whether or not items could be used for war.

5. Extension of long-term loans to Russia and Soviet satellites.

6. Provide American aid to all nations regardless of Communist domination.

7. Grant recognition of Red China. Admission of Red China to the U.N.

8. Set up East and West Germany as separate states in spite of Khrushchev’s promise in 1955 to settle the German question by free elections under supervision of the U.N.

9. Prolong the conferences to ban atomic tests because the United States has agreed to suspend tests as long as negotiations are in progress.

10. Allow all Soviet satellites individual representation in the U.N.

11. Promote the U.N. as the only hope for mankind. If its charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one-world government with its own independent armed forces. (Some Communist leaders believe the world can be taken over as easily by the U.N. as by Moscow. Sometimes these two centers compete with each other as they are now doing in the Congo.)

12. Resist any attempt to outlaw the Communist Party.

13. Do away with all loyalty oaths.

14. Continue giving Russia access to the U.S. Patent Office.

15. Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States.

16. Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions by claiming their activities violate civil rights.

17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers’ associations. Put the party line in textbooks.

18. Gain control of all student newspapers.

19. Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations which are under Communist attack.

20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing, policy making positions.

21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.

22. Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to “eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms.”

23. Control art critics and directors of art museums. “Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art.”

24. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them “censorship” and a violation of free speech and free press.

25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.

26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy.”

27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a “religious crutch.”

28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of “separation of church and state.”

29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.

30. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the “common man.”

31. Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of the “big picture.” Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over.

32. Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture–education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.
33. Eliminate all laws or procedures which interfere with the operation of the Communist apparatus.

34. Eliminate the House Committee on Un-American Activities.

35. Discredit and eventually dismantle the FBI.

36. Infiltrate and gain control of more unions.

37. Infiltrate and gain control of big business.

38. Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can understand [or treat].

39. Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose Communist goals.

40. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.

41. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.

42. Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; that students and special-interest groups should rise up and use [“]united force[“] to solve economic, political or social problems.

43. Overthrow all colonial governments before native populations are ready for self-government.

44. Internationalize the Panama Canal.

45. Repeal the Connally reservation so the United States cannot prevent the World Court from seizing jurisdiction [over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction] over nations and individuals alike.

Microfilm:
California State University at San Jose Clark Library, Government Floor Phone (408)924-2770 Microfilm Call Number: J 11 .R5 Congressional Record, Vol. 109
88th Congress, 1st Session Appendix Pages A1-A2842 Jan. 9-May 7, 1963 Reel 12

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THE SWISS MILITIA KEPT THEM NEUTRAL DURING WWII

Hitler hated the Swiss. In 1943 Hitler said that “all the rubbish of small nations existing in Europe must be liquidated,” even though that would earn him the title of ‘the butcher of the Swiss.’

But threatening liquidation and butchering is a far cry from delivering – especially since the Swiss since 1291 have been known as masters of the battlefield. In latter days they became renowned as expert riflemen and snipers. That, combined with the formidable barrier of the Swiss Alps and the incomparable Swiss Militia system, caused even Hitler to pause.




Swiss boys are inducted into the Militia and issued arms
and ammunition similar to that shown above when they
reach their 18th birthday. Their arms and ammunition
are kept in the home for near instant mobilization.
 They serve until they are 50 years old but retain
their arms for a lifetime.



In the days before World War II broke out, the Swiss government regarded a German invasion a realistic possibility. In view of the situation many Swiss were at a loss regarding what course to take. General Henri Guisan, Swiss commander-in-chief, rallied his country to support a policy of heavily “Armed Neutrality.”

Switzerland mobilized 850,000 men (out of a population of 4 million), prepared the Reduit (Alpine fortress), as a stronghold to defend even if the lowland cities fell. In the case of an invasion, streets, bridges and tunnels were to be destroyed and the occupation might have cost the Germans dearly.

German maps and documents seized after WWII showed that Hitler referred to a possible invasion as “Case Switzerland,” and on more than one occasion massed troops on the border to invade. But the invasion order never came.

Other European nations fell like dominoes under the onslaught of the German “blitzkreig.” Even the mighty French Army, which many believed was the strongest in Europe, and possibly the world, fell in a mere six weeks. Nazi troops marched proudly into Paris, yet Switzerland stood, like a tiny island in a sea of her enemies, unbowed.

Another reason Hitler didn’t invade Switzerland had little to do with Switzerland itself. Hitler’s primary military objective was the conquest of Russia. According to Andrew Nagorski (2007; The Greatest Battle) Adolf Hitler had declared his intention to hit the USSR on 11 August 1939 to Carl Jacob Burckhardt, League of Nations Commissioner by saying: “Everything I undertake is directed against the Russians. If the West is too stupid and blind to grasp this, then I shall be compelled to come to an agreement with the Russians, beat the West and then after their defeat turn against the Soviet Union with all my forces. I need the Ukraine so that they can’t starve us out, as happened in the last war.”
http://www.zum.de/whkmla/region/italy/ch19391945.html

Most of the Nazi’s 18 million man army was massed on the Eastern Front (as the German war against Russia was called). At least 1 million men would be required to invade Switzerland since the Germans themselves estimated they would suffer 200,000 casualties. Plus, the Germans suffered grievous losses on the Eastern Front and were having enormous problems with underground resistance movements in previously occupied territories that siphoned enormous resources from Hitler’s primary goal.

Since France’s surrender in June 1940, Switzerland was surrounded by German-held or Italian territory. The Swiss government, aware of it’s delicate position and it’s dependency on imports, considered repeated German surrender demands and rejected them.

The Swiss held true to their core beliefs and maintained their position of heavily armed neutrality. The tiny Swiss nation thus avoided the horrors of war that befell other European nations. In addition to retaining their freedom, the Swiss provided safe haven for approximately 3 million Jews who would otherwise have been murdered by the Nazis.


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The Warsaw (Poland) Ghetto Uprising – a truly heroic epic

WARNING – There are graphic photos in this article

“War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse.”

“The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.”
–John Stuart Mill, (1806–1873) was a British philosopher and civil servant. He was an influential contributor to social theory, political theory and political economy. His concept of liberty justified the freedom of the individual in opposition to unlimited state control.

Hitler’s final solution, the extermination of all Jews, was progressing smoothly until the time came to eliminate the Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto. Even that went smoothly at first.

Between July and September 1942, Nazi authorities deported or murdered about 300,000 Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto. SS and German police agencies deported 265,000 to the Treblinka killing center and 11,580 more to forced-labor camps. Another 10,000 Jews were killed in the ghetto itself during deportation proceedings.

Germans granted 35,000 Jews permission to remain in the Ghetto and another 20,000 stayed behind in hiding. Only 55,000 to 60,000 Jews were left alive.

Two Jewish self-defense organizations formed in 1942 in an effort to halt the deportations and genocide – the Jewish Combat Organization, (Zydowska Organizacja Bojowa or ZOB and the Jewish Military Union, Zydowski Zwiazek Wojskowy or ZZW.) Their goal seemed unattainable with a mere 750 fighters opposing the entire German war machine. Nevertheless, during the summer of 1942, the ZOB established contact with the Polish military underground movement known as the Home Army. There they obtained a small number of weapons, mostly pistols and explosives, from Home Army contacts.

German SS and police units tried to resume mass deportations of Jews from Warsaw on January 18, 1943. A group of Jewish fighters, armed with pistols, infiltrated a column of Jews being forced to the Umschlagplatz (transfer point) and, at a prearranged signal, broke ranks and fought their German escorts.

Most of these Jewish fighters died in the battle, but the attack sufficiently disoriented the Germans to allow the Jews arranged in columns at the Umschlagplatz a chance to disperse. After seizing 5,000-6,500 ghetto residents to be deported, the Germans suspended further deportations on January 21. Encouraged by the apparent success of the resistance, which they believed may have halted deportations, members of the ghetto population began to construct subterranean bunkers and shelters in preparation for an uprising should the Germans attempt a final deportation of all remaining Jews in the ghetto.



A few victims of Hitler’s genocide.


The Germans wanted to begin liquidation of the ghetto on April 19, 1943, the eve of Passover. But when SS and police units entered the ghetto, the streets were deserted. Nearly all of the residents had gone into hiding places or bunkers. The renewal of deportations was the signal for the armed uprising within the ghetto.

Armed with pistols, grenades (many of them homemade), and a few automatic weapons and rifles, the ZOB fighters emerged from their bunkers and stunned the Germans and their auxiliaries on the first day of fighting, forcing the German forces to retreat outside the ghetto wall. German commander SS General Jürgen Stroop reported losing 12 men, killed and wounded, during the first assault on the ghetto. On the third day of the uprising, Stroop’s SS and police forces began razing the ghetto to the ground, building by building, to force the remaining Jews out of hiding. Jewish resistance fighters made sporadic raids from their bunkers, but the Germans systematically reduced the ghetto to rubble.

Though German forces broke the organized military resistance within days of the beginning of the uprising, individuals and small groups hid or fought the Germans for almost a month.

Eventually, the Germans won the battle over the Warsaw Ghetto and 42,000 Jews were deported to such notorious killing centers as Tteblinka, where 7,000 Jews were gassed to death almost immediately on their arrival. Most of the remaining 35,000 Jewish survivors of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising were sent to Lublin/Majdanek, Poniatowa, Trawniki, Budzyn and Krasnik forced labor camps. All were eventually murdered.

Instead of the three days the Germans estimated it would take to ship all the ghetto residents to killing centers, the stiff resistance held out for more than 30 days and even after that individual Jews hiding in the ruins of the ghetto continued to attack German patrols.
Most of the statistics in the above came from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
 http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005188

The United States has fielded one of the most formidable armies in world history. An army many feel it would be useless to resist should they ever be turned against our own citizens. What good would a pistol or hunting rifle be against heavy armor, artillery, tanks and jet fighters, they ask rhetorically? Perhaps the answer can be found in the sheer courage and heroism of the Warsaw Ghetto resistance movement and in the website,
What good is a handgun against an Army?

Remember, the German Army in WWII was also formidable with tanks (panzers), a state-of-the-art air force, artillery and an extremely well trained force of foot soldiers. Yet a force of only 750 Jews, armed mainly with handguns, held that army at bay for more than 30 days. Imagine if there had been 100 such groups…

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GUN CONTROLS and Hitler’s near conquest of Europe

Would-be tyrants all seemingly have one goal before the total subjugation of a race or nation. That goal is the disarmament of common citizens. One such notable tyrant was Adolph Hitler. But tyrants even closer to home have also tried.

King George tried to disarm the colonists right here on our continent. Some Americans think the Boston Massacre was the beginning of the American Revolution. Others think the Boston Tea Party triggered the event. Those acts served only to agitate unrest among the colonists but the action that drove them to arms was the edict from the king for the British Army to seize all the guns, powder and shot in colonial possession. The Revolutionary War started over gun control.

READ ABOUT THE FAMOUS RIDE OF PAUL REVERE and THE SHOT HEARD AROUND THE WORLD HERE

Hitler, Stalin, Mao Tse-tung, Chiang Kai-shek, Lenin, Tojo Hideki, Pol Pot and other tyrants probably learned from the British experience because they all took steps to make sure the countries to be occupied had strict gun/weapons controls to make their conquest easier and the subjugation of the people possible.

The essence of Nazism, communism and socialism has always been based upon coercion, not persuasion. It is always imposed by a few elitists who think they have a right to rule over all of civilization because of what they arrogantly perceive to be their superior intellect or vast wealth or investment prowess.

Progressivism, like its collectivist cousins socialism, Marxism, Nazism and communism, is based upon brute force. And they don’t recognize individual freedom or personal rights, either. To progressives, only the “collective” has rights! But ultimately, someone has to decide what those rights are, don’t they? So of course, the elitists appoint themselves to dictate what those rights are!

They naturally resent it when we remind them that our rights are inalienable – they come directly from God – not some tin-horn dictator.

Here then is how Hitler disarmed most of Europe before WWII began.

First came the Nazi Weapons Act of 1938 which included: Classification of guns for sporting and possible military uses; registration and background check; types of ammunition that were legal and subject to control by bureaucrats and age restrictions.

Then came a gun-control law aimed specifically at Jews.

“Jews…..(in the Austrian and Sudeten-German districts) 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.”

Penalties for violation were relatively light – forfeiture of firearms and ammunition and possible fines and jail time. That edict was signed by Minister of the Interior Frick.

The day before, Nov. 10, 1938, a much more restrictive law concerning guns was signed by SS Reichsführer Himmler, and the destruction of the Jews in Nazi Germany and all the subjugated countries of Europe was finalized. Even the New York Times on Nov. 8 warned the gun seizures were coming.

On the day the order was signed, all hell broke loose. Without warning and without giving people time to prepare, the raids began. Thousands of Jewish men were hauled off to the death camps and Hitler’s infamous “final solution” had begun. The “final solution” was the genocidal extermination of all Jews in German occupied territory.

Himmler, head of the Nazi terror police, would become an architect of the Holocaust, which slaughtered six million Jews. It was self evident that the Jews must be disarmed before the extermination could begin.

Finding out which Jews had firearms was not too difficult. The liberal Weimar Republic passed a Firearm Law in 1928 requiring extensive police records on gun owners. Hitler signed a further gun control law in early 1938.

Other European countries also had laws requiring police records to be kept on persons who possessed firearms. When the Nazis took over Czechoslovakia and Poland in 1939, it was a simple matter to identify gun owners. Many of them disappeared in the middle of the night along with political opponents.

France soon fell, and posters threatening the death penalty for possession of a firearm went up everywhere. You can see one today in Paris at the Museum of the Order of the Liberation (Musée de l’Ordre de la Libération).

The Nazi invaders also set similar deadlines in: Czechoslovakia, Poland, Norway, Romania, Yugoslavia and Greece.

The New York Times, speaking of the French said: “Military orders now forbid the French to do things which the German people have not been allowed to do since Hitler came to power. To own radio senders or to listen to foreign broadcasts, to organize public meetings and distribute pamphlets, to disseminate anti-German news in any form, to retain possession of firearms–all these things are prohibited for the subjugated people of France…”

Today our own government is trying desperately to turn off the Internet and pass draconian gun control laws – both in DIRECT opposition to the Constitution which they have sworn to uphold and defend. Hmm, wonder why?

While the Nazis made good on the threat to execute persons in possession of firearms, the gun-control decree was not entirely successful. Underground resistance movements launched armed attacks. But resistance was hampered by the lack of civilian arms possession.

As far back as 1941, then U.S. Attorney General Robert Jackson brazenly called on Congress to enact national registration of all firearms. Given events in Europe, Congress recoiled, and legislation was introduced to actually protect the Second Amendment.

Rep. Edwin Arthur Hall explained: “Before the advent of Hitler or Stalin, who took power from the German and Russian people, measures were thrust upon the free legislatures of those countries to deprive the people of the possession and use of firearms, so that they could not resist the encroachments of such diabolical and vitriolic state police organizations as the Gestapo, the OGPU, and the Cheka.”

Rep. John W. Patman added: “The people have a right to keep arms; therefore, if we should have some Executive who attempted to set himself up as dictator or king, the people can organize themselves together and, with the arms and ammunition they have, they can properly protect themselves. . . .”

Not all the European Jews turned in their guns which eventually led to THE WARSAW GHETTO UPRISING

Armed citizens were hurting the Nazis, so they took the sternest retaliatory measures to quell any further resistance. The Nazis imposed the death penalty on a Pole or Jew: “If he is in unlawful possession of firearms, . . . or if he has credible information that a Pole or a Jew is in unlawful possession of such objects, and fails to notify the authorities forthwith.

Even British citizens had been disarmed by their government prior to the war. With no way to defend the general population, the British issued a call to the U.S. National Rifle Association and The American Rifleman magazine to “send a gun to defend a British home.”

British civilians, faced with the threat of invasion and after two decades of gun control, now desperately needed rifles and pistols in their homes. America responded and soon Brits were organized into the Home Guard. Armed citizens were now ready to resist the expected Nazi onslaught.

During the past century individual criminals wreaked their carnage on individuals or relatively small numbers of people. For example: On April 16, 2007, a gunman killed 32 people and himself at Virginia Tech University; Dec. 5, 2007, a gunman killed eight people before shooting himself at a shopping mall in Omaha, Neb.; Dec. 9, 2007, four people were killed then killed himself at a church in Colorado; Feb. 2, 2008, 5 women were killed during a botched robbery in Chicago; Feb 7, 2008, two policemen and three city officials were killed at a city council meeting in a St. Louis suburb. (The gunman was killed by police); Feb. 8, 2008, a nursing student fatally shot two women and herself at a Louisiana Technical College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Feb. 14, 2008, a gunman killed five and wounded 18 before killing himself and on June 25, 2008, a worker at a plastics plant in Kentucky killed five people at the factory and wounded a sixth before killing himself.
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These approximately 75 murders were and are a national tragedy. As were the tragic deaths of dozens of school children by crazed gunmen. But they pale in comparison to the horror unleashed on people by dictators and tyrants – by government if you will.

Hilter unleashed killing squads called the Einsatzgruppen in Eastern Europe and Russia. As Raul Hilberg observes, “The killers were well armed . . . . The victims were unarmed.” The Einsatzgruppen, in less than three years, executed two million people between fall 1939 and summer 1942.
As this century has shown, terrorist governments have the capacity to commit genocide against millions of people, provided that the people are unarmed. Schemes to confiscate firearms kept by peaceable citizens have historically been associated with some of the world’s most insidious tyrannies. Given this reality, it is not surprising that law-abiding gun owners oppose being objects of registration.

Yet somehow, as you will see later, during all the bloodshed of WWII, the Swiss managed to avoid invasion and provided safe haven for Jews and others fleeing Hitler’s hordes.

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The Shot Heard Around the World

THE FAMOUS RIDE of Paul Revere

British troops were planning a march to Lexington to arrest John Hancock and Sam Adams, then on to Concord to seize colonial arms and ammunitions. At nightfall on April 18, Paul Revere hung a two-lantern signal in the steeple of Old North Church, alerting his comrades that the Redcoats were crossing the harbor. Revere then galloped to Lexington and pressed on to Concord, where he was captured by a British patrol. Questioned at gunpoint, Revere was released after divulging nothing but misinformation.

THE SHOT HEARD AROUND THE WORLD

More than 700 Redcoats (British regular army) marched through the night of April 18, 1775, reaching Lexington near dawn. Awaiting them were 77 Minutemen – farmers and laborers trained to be “ready in a minute.” Then one musket went off. Historians still debate which side fired the first shot, but within seconds, eight colonists lay dead on Lexington Green.

At Concord, 400 Minutemen exchanged gunfire with 120 Redcoats at the North Bridge. Pealing church bells spread the alarm and colonial numbers grew to 5,000. The British would have been massacred, but reinforcements arrived as they fled back to Boston. April 19, 1775 … the war had begun!

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