I would not support repeal of all parts of the Gun Control Act of 1968.
The restrictions on individuals convicted of crimes of violence are reasonable.
posted on 02/02/2003 7:35:15 PM PST
Have the restrictions prevented felons from getting guns? Remember your orginal post.
posted on 02/02/2003 7:50:18 PM PST
I know a man who had a felony conviction from 1940. He left the scene of an accident. The accident was not his fault. He was forgiven by everyone, BUT because he left the scene he was given 3 years in the pen.
Upon completion of his time he joined the military, was sent to Patton's 3rd army, given an M1 and shot his way across Europe.
He got an honourable discharge, married and raised 3 children. He later bought his children their first rifle, a Springfield .22.
Then in 1968 LBJ decided the old man was no longer to be trusted with firearms because of his 1940 felony.
Was it fair? When they needed for him to shoot his way across Europe no one complained-until 1968.
There are many others who have been denied their rights due to fistfights and other minor brawls back in the dark ages but have not been a problem since.
All the below happened because the general population had no firearms. Gun registration was used to track down the owners of firearms so they would be no opposition to the bloody plans of these tyrants.
The Fruits of Gun Control
The Totalitarian Body Count
The syndicated columnist, Walter Williams, who happens to be a college professor, has recently finished a study of governmental murder and has concluded that in the twentieth century far more people were killed by their own governments than died in war. Statistics are always questionable, but Williams' come out as follows:
Killed in Warfare: 39,000,000
Killed by Lenin and Stalin: 62,000,000
Killed by Mao Tse-tung: 35,000,000
Killed by Hitler: 21,000,000
These are the leaders, and the figures are beyond comprehension, but coming down to more comprehensible numbers we find that 2 million were killed in Turkey, 2 million in Cambodia, 1.5 million in Mexico, and 1 million by Tito in the Balkans. It should be noted that the time over which these atrocities were perpetrated has a bearing on the magnitude of their atrocity. Combined executions committed by Lenin and Stalin, for example, were spread over 70 years between 1917 and 1987. Mao's murders took place over about 37 years between 1949 and 1987, so his intensity could have been greater. Hitler's 21 million were murdered over a much shorter period, and so the intensity factor pretty well evens out, but the fact remains that vastly more homicide was perpetrated in this century of slaughter by governments against their own people than by armies against enemies. Man's inhumanity to man seems more virulent when it is domestic.
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