I got this fwd in my inbox the other day from my friend in Texas.  It makes perfect sense that a Texan would forward this email en masse.  And the facts, assuming they are true, are truly outrageous and urge me, against all sense, to go and buy myself a gun.  That’s what makes the least sense of all.  In fact, I just can’t make sense of it…

Here it is:

  • 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 %.
  • Australia-wide, assaults are up 8.6 %.
  • Australia-wide, armed robberies are up 44 %!  Yes, 44 %.
  • In the state of Victoria alone, homicides with firearms are now up 300 percent.
  • There has also been a dramatic increase in break-ins and assaults of the elderly.

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

  • With guns, we are ‘citizens’.
  • Without them, we are ‘subjects’.

5 Responses to MASS MURD… I MEAN, EMAIL

  1. Darren says:

    Hurray for uncited forwarded emails, a source of uninformed opinion everywhere. You’re right question their veracity. Even if every other fact is true, this statement is utterly ludicrous:

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

    Right, all because of gun control. To pick just one example, most of the Jews killed during the Holocaust were not German–they were Polish, Ukrainian or Romanian. Germany’s policy of gun control had no impact on the annihilation of these 4 million Jews.

    And here the claims regarding Australia are totally debunked:

    I’d send that back your Texan friend.

  2. Fay says:

    I guess the point is that without gun control laws these people individually or en mass would not only have a way to protect themselves but perhaps even a sense of empowerment that gun control laws remove. Don’t we all consider “disenfranchised” and “unempowered” individuals or masses to be at risk?

    Not that I think we should all tote guns…but I do know a certain octogenarian in Newfoundland who has a gun and “is not afraid to use it! No one messes with her!

  3. Kudos to Darren for referencing Snopes, a good website with which to bludgeon the uninformed.

    Anyone who feels the need to mass forward e-mails regarding their far right/left-wing conspiracy theories should cease to be taken seriously.

    And yet, here I am, responding, taking it seriously…sigh.

    The person (can Texans be considered as such? hee hee, just kidding…kinda…) who wrote and/or forwarded this e-mail does not understand the difference between causes and correlations. Just because X happens at the same time as Y (or immediately precedes Y) does not mean that X caused Y. Also, to ascribe one cause to the tragedies listed above trivializes them and their historical complexity.

    I heap mountains of intellectual shame on your Texan friend. For shame! Tsk, tsk, tsk.

  4. fritch says:

    Well, the debunking of the Australia stats is merely icing on the cake. Because taken at face value, the stats about gun control leading to genocide leave out something: that all of those governments were engaged in genocide and totalitarian domination of their citizens for reasons completely apart from opportunism [afforded by gun control]. (Admittedly, I’m not very familiar with the Guatamala or Uganda events).

    On top of that, the leap of logic then requires me to believe two other facts. First, that if gun control is enacted in the US, we as a people will be powerless against our gov’t to oppress us. Second, that in our current state we are not powerless. Well, I hate to break it to the Michigan Militia, but if the US Gov’t decided it wanted to exterminate millions of Americans, it would not have a hard time doing it given the massive superiority of their firepower (not to mention planes, helicopters, etc) over that of the average NRA member.

    Oh and in most of those situations where genocide took place, (Germany for example) the gov’t enacted a massive policy of propaganda and manipulation of the thought of its people. People were not defenseless so much because of their lack of weapons, but because of the general complacency of the proletariat as the result of much more subversive intellectual weapons.

    As an aside I find it amusing the Right wing and Left wing apparently share a very similar fear of the US gov’t devolving in a totalitarian, fascist state any day now.

    But here’s why I think gun control just might be a little overblown as an issue. I’m pretty sure that most people who do horrible things with guns don’t mind breaking the law, seeing as they do. Ergo, why is a law against the possession of a gun going to really keep them out of the hands of such people? Drugs are illegal in our country, as most of us agree they should be from a moral standpoint, but that doesn’t stop ppl who want them from getting them. I don’t foresee a black market in guns being any different. So, maybe we should enact gun control because it’s morally right (if indeed it is), but I think we deceive ourselves if we believe it is going to eradicate violent crime by doing so. I’m not sure it will ultimately make that much difference.

  5. Fay says:

    I agree with Fritch’s last comments. I, too doubt it would make much difference in the violent crime stats, because people who intend to use guns to perpetrate violent crimes will probably be able to find them, and won’t care that they are illegal.

    In reference to his statement that “People were defenseless not so much because of lack of weapons but because of the general compacency of the proletariat as the reslut of much more subversive intellectual weapons” I submit that forced gun control, which probably does little to reduce violent crime but leaves the honest proletariat citizenry bereft of feelings of empowerment, may be part of that subversive intellectual assault.

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