Known officially as the Volstead Act, Prohibition was one of the worst laws ever passed in this country. To make matters worse, this law came out of a false and shrunken pietism which surfaced in the 19th century and spread to the Christian Church.

I will grant that most people who supported Prohibition did it out of concern for their fellow man. Once prohibition was enacted, the divorce rate and child abuse cases declined.

gun-controlHowever, the unintended consequence of Volstead turned formally law abiding citizens into criminals simply because they choose to exercise their God-given right to have a beer. (Contrary to popular belief, consumption of alcohol is not a sin, ie. a transgression of God's law).

Further, the proliferation of organized crime during this era only went to prove that when the selling and buying of alcohol became illegal, only the outlaws sold and bought the hooch. Chicago, New York and countless other areas of the country became war zones as powerful gangs rose up and battle in the streets to protect their turf. Thousands were killed and hundreds of innocent bystanders were caught in the crossfire.

One would be hard stretched to find those who want to return to the days of prohibition, with the exception of the aforementioned gangs. Just about everyone who has studied the period and loves freedom would agree the Volstead Act was a colossal failure.

However, it would appear the lesson was lost on some because now the leftist elite want to do it again. This time, the target is guns. Multitudes have deluded themselves into believing they can succeed where others have failed.

It begs the question, why? Why are the American people unable to comprehend that every time a law is passed good folks lose freedom? When the people lose freedom, the Government becomes larger, more powerful and intrusive; and the criminals simply move into an underworld.

Is there really a rational person out there who really believes that gun prohibition will keep weapons out of the hands of criminals? Does anyone really believe that if the United States Government made owning a gun illegal or put tighter restrictions on gun ownership that murderers, gangs, and those who basically have a disregard for human life will throw them away or willingly turn them in?

Isn't it possible that all these laws would do is disarm law-biding citizens, who would never take a human life except when defending their wife, children or home, leaving them defenseless?

As previously stated, alcohol prohibition did not work in Chicago, New York and countless other areas of the country in the 1920's. Yet, the arrogance of certain lawmakers seems to cause them to believe they are wiser than those of the past, and they can make gun prohibition work in the 21st century.

As George Santayana famously observed, "Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it." When, if ever, will we learn?

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