Time, Obama, Hitler & Gun Bans – Is History About To Repeat Itself?
Time Magazine has just introduced it’s Person of the Year for 2012 and it comes as no surprise that they have chosen Barack Hussein Obama. The December 2012/ January 2013 edition is out and with the approach of a new gun ban on the horizon, something seems strangely similar to another event that took place nearly 75 years ago, when Germany’s Adolph Hitler was also named Man of the Year.
For Obama this is the second time he has been named Time’s Person of the Year. The first was in the December 2008/ January 2009 edition after his first election and following his second election he has once again received the title from Time Magazine.
As Hitler also received the title in 1938, he was about to embark on a serious new piece of legislation; one that would change how weapons were dealt with in Germany during the Nazi’s Third Reich.
Time records how Hitler became Man of the Year for 1938:
Greatest single news event of 1938 took place on September 29, when four statesmen met at the Führerhaus, in Munich, to redraw the map of Europe. The three visiting statesmen at that historic conference were Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain of Great Britain, Premier Edouard Daladier of France, and Dictator Benito Mussolini of Italy. But by all odds the dominating figure at Munich was the German host, Adolf Hitler.
Führer of the German people, Commander-in-Chief of the German Army, Navy & Air Force, Chancellor of the Third Reich, Herr Hitler reaped on that day at Munich the harvest of an audacious, defiant, ruthless foreign policy he had pursued for five and a half years. He had torn the Treaty of Versailles to shreds. He had rearmed Germany to the teeth— or as close to the teeth as he was able. He had stolen Austria before the eyes of a horrified and apparently impotent world.
All these events were shocking to nations which had defeated Germany on the battlefield only 20 years before, but nothing so terrified the world as the ruthless, methodical, Nazi-directed events which during late summer and early autumn threatened a world war over Czechoslovakia. When without loss of blood he reduced Czechoslovakia to a German puppet state, forced a drastic revision of Europe’s defensive alliances, and won a free hand for himself in Eastern Europe by getting a “hands-off” promise from powerful Britain (and later France), Adolf Hitler without doubt became 1938′s Man of the Year.
Without a doubt? Does anyone grasp the severity of what was laid out here? And yet this man was dubbed Man of the Year! I guess we shouldn’t be shocked. Time has had some whoppers in the past for it’s Person of the Year cover.
But what I found most interesting was how things would play out under Hitler in Germany. As Time has already mentioned, Hitler had armed Germany to the teeth and the nations of the world were terrified at how he began to attack his enemies.
Hitler’s idea of control did not come from the pages of the Bible, though he is often identified as a “Christian.” He was baptized as a Roman Catholic, and worked closely with Pope Pius, along with Archbishop Cesare Orsenigo. Neither the Roman pontiff nor the assembly of the Roman Catholic Church ever disciplined him or excommunicated him, though he was clearly violating the most basic principles of Christianity and thus proving himself to not be a Christian and it could be argued that the RCC was demonstrating it was not obeying the Lord Jesus Christ (See Matt 18). But I digress.
Instead, Hitler’s ideas came from evolutionary thought which taught him that certain “races” are superior to others.
“The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing. Indeed, I would go so far as to say that the supply of arms to the underdogs is a sine qua non for the overthrow of any sovereignty. So let’s not have any native militia or native police. German troops alone will bear the sole responsibility for the maintenance of law and order throughout the occupied Russian territories, and a system of military strong-points must be evolved to cover the entire occupied country.”
–Adolf Hitler, dinner talk on April 11, 1942, quoted in Hitler’s Table Talk 1941-44: His Private Conversations, Second Edition (1973), Pg. 425-426. Translated by Norman Cameron and R. H. Stevens. Introduced and with a new preface by H. R. Trevor-Roper. The original German papers were known as Bormann-Vermerke.
In March of 1938 The Nazi Weapons Law was issued. These were it’s main points:
- Classified guns for “sporting purposes”.
- All citizens who wished to purchase firearms had to register with the Nazi officials and have a background check. This applied only to handguns, not to long guns or ammunition.
- Presumed German citizens were hostile and thereby exempted Nazis from the gun control law.
- Gave Nazis unrestricted power to decide what kinds of firearms could, or could not be owned by private persons.
- The types of ammunition that were legal were subject to control by bureaucrats.
- Juveniles under 18 years could not buy firearms and ammunition.
You’ll notice this was not a full ban on weapons, but rather were restrictions placed on the people.
Once this had been accomplished, Hitler set his sights on disarming the Jews. In November of the same year, the Minister of the Interior, Wilhelm Frick, passed Regulations Against Jews’ Possession of Weapons following Kristallnacht (in English Crystal Night), which was “a pogrom (a series of coordinated attacks) against Jews throughout Nazi Germany and parts of Austria on 9–10 November 1938, carried out by SA paramilitary and civilians. German authorities looked on without intervening. The attacks left the streets covered with broken glass from the windows of Jewish-owned stores, buildings, and synagogues.”
At least 91 Jews were killed in the attacks, and a further 30,000 arrested and incarcerated in concentration camps. Jewish homes, hospitals, and schools were ransacked, as the attackers demolished buildings with sledgehammers. Over 1,000 synagogues were burned (95 in Vienna alone), and over 7,000 Jewish businesses destroyed or damaged.
The new law effectively stripped Jews of the right to possess any weapons, including firearms, truncheons or stabbing weapons. They also were not allowed to possess ammunition.
The following is the law translated into English:
Regulations Against Jews’ Possession of Weapons
11 November 1938
With a basis in §31 of the Weapons Law of 18 March 1938 (Reichsgesetzblatt I, p.265), Article III of the Law on the Reunification of Austria with Germany of 13 March 1938 (Reichsgesetzblatt I, p. 237), and §9 of the Führer and Chancellor’s decree on the administration of the Sudeten-German districts of 1 October 1938 (Reichsgesetzblatt I, p 1331) are the following ordered:
Jews (§5 of the First Regulations of the German Citizenship Law of 14 November 1935, Reichsgesetzblatt I, p. 1333) 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.
Firearms and ammunition found in a Jew’s possession will be forfeited to the government without compensation.
The Minister of the Interior may make exceptions to the Prohibition in §1 for Jews who are foreign nationals. He can entrust other authorities with this power.
Whoever willfully or negligently violates the provisions of §1 will be punished with imprisonment and a fine. In especially severe cases of deliberate violations, the punishment is imprisonment in a penitentiary for up to five years.
For the implementation of this regulation, the Minister of the Interior waives the necessary legal and administrative provisions.
This regulation is valid in the state of Austria and in the Sudeten-German districts.
Berlin, 11 November 1938
Minister of the Interior
We all know from history what followed this. Indeed Hitler had disarmed the people he wished to oppress because he thought they were inferior to himself and the deaths were in the millions.
Both laws superseded the 1928 German Law on Firearms and Ammunition. Interestingly enough, the 1938 law was, at least in part, used nearly word-for-word to create GCA 68, also known as the Gun Control Act of 1968, which was a U.S. “federal statute that regulates firearms industry and firearms owners in the U.S.. The Act primarily regulates interstate commerce in firearms. The Act prohibits interstate firearms transfer except among licensed manufacturers, dealers and importers.”
Now we stand eerily at a time in history in which a man holds the office of the presidency and is known to have a mixture of Socialist, Communist, Fascist and Marxist ideologies. He has recently declared that even responsible gun owners believe that “weapons of war,” which to liberals like Obama and those in the House and Senate, are nothing more than “scary looking guns,” should be banned. He believes that responsible gun owners back keeping law breakers from obtaining guns and that we do, but it does not then follow that we also support removing our own access to the types of weapons he is in favor of banning. That is clearly a huge stretch that many of us do not agree with and we are very vocal about it.
He has vowed to “use whatever power this office holds” to prevent mass shootings from occurring in the future and it seems that Congress has been all too willing to go along with him in the past. He has demanded that legislation be forthcoming and Senator Feinstein has obliged to push a weapons ban on the first day of the new Congress.
Obama has even begun a task force, headed by Vice President Joe Biden, that will be looking into options on how they can restrict the options people have with regards to the Second Amendment. Additionally he has many lawmakers backing him.
What will all of this bring about? Time, not the magazine, will tell. My hope is that the law would prevail over the emotional outcries of liberals wanting to dink around the Second Amendment and impose their tyranny on the rest of us.
I suggest you take a look at the history of gun control and see what happened in the 20th Century by those who sought to control the people by limiting and banning their weapons in this documentary.