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Fri Feb 1, 2013, 06:54 AM

4. Myth of Nazi Gun Control

There were only about 400,000 jewish living in germany in jan 1939 so as to be affected by hitler's 'nazi gun laws' (waffengesetzen). And they were free to leave the country, indeed were encouraged to.
Of those 400,000, about half were males; adult fathers or mature sons would not have tried to shoot against nazis so as to put their families at risk from reprisals - they would've gladly given up their guns to, in their forced situation, protect their families, even upon the cruel ruse of a train ride to a better place.

A pro gun website - Guncite - has for many years had this posted:
----- The Myth of Nazi Gun Control
The Third Reich did not need gun control (in 1938 or at any time thereafter) to maintain their power... supposing the existance of an armed resistance also requires the acceptance that the German people would have rallied to the rebellion. This argument requires a total suspension of disbelief given everything we know about 1930s Germany.

A more farfetched question is the hypothetical proposition of armed Jewish resistance. First, they were not commonly armed even prior to the {earlier} 1928 Law.
Second, Jews had seen pogroms before and had survived them, though not without suffering. They would expect that this one would, as had the past ones, eventually subside and permit a return to normalcy. Many considered themselves "patriotic Germans" for their service in the first World War. These simply were not people prepared to stage violent resistance.
Third, it hardly seems conceivable that armed resistance by Jews would have led to any weakening of Nazi rule, let alone a full scale popular rebellion; on the contrary, it seems more likely it would have strengthened the support the Nazis already had. Their foul lies about Jewish perfidy would have been given a grain of substance. To project backward and speculate thus is to fail to learn the lesson history has so painfully provided.

The simple conclusion is that there are no lessons about the efficacy of gun control to be learned from the Germany of the first half of this century.. What must be remembered is that the Nazis were master manipulators of popular emotion and sentiment, and were disdainful of people thinking for themselves. There is the danger to which we should pay great heed. Not fanciful stories about Nazi's seizing guns.

http://www.guncite.com/gun_control_gcnazimyth.html

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