Wednesday, December 19, 2007

A Lesson in Gun Control

The following series of statements has been circulating through the e-mails for a year or so. If you've already read it, I'm sorry for taking up your time, but it is a subject I regard as very important--as many of you already know. My brother, the Texan sent it to me most recently, and I thank him for having done so.

In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control.
From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.


In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.


Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.


China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.


Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.


Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.


Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million educated people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.


Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control: 56 million.


It has now been 12 months since gun owners in Australia were forced by new law to surrender 640,381 personal firearms to be destroyed by their own government, a program costing Australian taxpayers more than $500 million dollars. The first year results are now in:

Australia-wide, homicides are up 3.2 percent.
Australia-wide, assaults are up 8.6 percent.
Australia-wide, armed robberies are up 44 percent (yes, 44 percent)!
In the state of Victoria alone, homicides with firearms are now up 300 percent.

Note that while the law-abiding citizens turned them in, the criminals did not, and criminals still possess their guns!

While figures over the previous 25 years showed a steady decrease in armed robbery with firearms, this has changed drastically upward in the past 12 months, since criminals now are guaranteed that their prey is unarmed.

There has also been a dramatic increase in break-ins and assaults of the ELDERLY.

Australian politicians are at a loss to explain how public safety has decreased, after such monumental effort and expense was expended in successfully ridding Australian society of guns.

The Australian experience and the other historical facts above prove it.

You won't see this data on the US evening news, or hear politicians disseminating this information.

Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws adversely affect only the law-abiding citizens.

Take note my fellow Americans, before it's too late!

The next time someone talks in favor of gun control, please remind them of this history lesson.

With guns, we are 'citizens'.

Without them, we are 'subjects'.

During World War II the Japanese decided not to invade because they knew most Americans were ARMED!
Australians will know that those first-year crime statistics are old by now, but the more recent stats have continued the trend. Also, the final comment about the Imperial Japanese refers to a ground invasion, since they obviously did attack Pearl Harbor by air. Had the Japanese mounted a ground attack 'pon the American mainland, it would've been very embarrassing for them.

Shoot 'em if ya got 'em!

Warm regards,

Col. Hogan
Stalag California


T. F. Stern said...

Here is where I get annoyed with the so called “sport hunting” crowd who go about spreading their manure soaked tale of how we need rifles and shotguns to go hunting to put meals on the table or in the deep freeze for later. These idiots leave out the need to defend your home, your family and friends from the bad guys; but more importantly the need to be armed for that day when your one time friendly government enacts a law directed toward eliminating you from your home, your family and friends. I’ll write on this later when I have time to collect my thoughts. Thanks for getting my blood to a boil just before breakfast and just before going to church.

Col. Hogan said...

I'll be looking forward to your further comments. Careful, TF: us old fotts shouldn't get too excited first thing in the morning!

HannahJ said...

Good post and quotes. Found you via The Midnight Sun. Ironically, I live in one of the two US states with this idiotic kind of gun control. Cheers.

Col. Hogan said...

Thanks, Hannah.

The gun control in Stalag California is very irrational and fully standing in opposition to one's ability to defend oneself. Yet, one can own firearms (with many restrictions).

Additionally, juries usually find for the honest citizen who successfully defends himself. Sometimes I think about moving to a more enlightened state, but every state government has its irrational quirks.

MK said...

Yep, we here are paying the price for the fear of guns, parents out here not have an irrational fear of guns, children are taught that guns are bad, there are hysterical campaigns against having gun shops in neighborhoods. It's almost as if people think the guns walk out around killing people or something.

The crime rate might be rising in Australia but i doubt the people will see the only answer.

Col. Hogan said...

There's a tv ad by a home alarm firm here in the Stalag. It shows a thuggy looking guy breaking into a house, with a woman and a child cowering in a nearby room. The alarm goes off. The thug flees at the sound.

At that moment, the phone rings; it's a dispatcher from the alarm company. "Are you all right?" says the dispatcher.

"Somebody just broke in," she answers, looking like a rabbit under the gaze of a coyote.

"We'll be right there." he answers. She, of course, looks relieved.

I always ask, aloud, of whoever I happen to be with, "Lady, where's your gun? Don't you think enough of your child to want to protect him? In real life, the thug might not flee."

I always bring that up, and similar comments whenever I see something in the news in which I think having a gun might've saved a life.

I hope it makes people think.

RightWingRocker said...

I wonder if the Australians were even reimbursed for their guns ...

All this and we STILL have an active gun control lobby. It's as if these people think that things will be different here ... Oh yeah, that's right. They think they can implement every two-bit flawed bull$h!+ system better than those who failed.



RightWingRocker said...

BTW, Herr Colonel ...

That last comment of yours deserves a post of its own, if you haven't already put it up.


steveintx said...

I see the same commercial here bro. Everytime it comes on I tell Kelley "there they go, showing the idiots that don't already know how & when to break in."

Every house on my block that has an alarm has a sign out front, duh! I hadn't thought about it from your perspective.

Col. Hogan said...


Thanks for the perceptive words. I read my comment over again and decided to take your advice. Look for a slightly embellished version of it tomorrow or Sunday.

Col. Hogan said...


I don't have one of those alarms, but I have my own. If ever somebody breaks into my house, it'll give a loud bang and a flash of light. Maybe more than once.