Several years ago I began a series on the Second Amendment, small arms in America, and the evils of gun control. It started with my commentary on the Second Amendment itself though I drifted on through history both ancient and recent. It’s no secret this is one of my pet issues; I have several books in various forms of readiness lying about which concern the topic. Two things I hope: 1) I finish this work someday and 2) that you approve with sales aplenty.
In 2013 I slowed down a bit and ceased my history of gun control; I think I had made it into the 19th Century. Today L. Neil Smith has carried on for me a bit, chronicling a few of the abuses of the 20th century. Please read his recent History of Infringement.
In 1968, possibly leaning on his experience during the War Crimes Tribunals, Dodd wrote to the Library of Congress, asking for a translation of the Nazi gun laws that had, among other things, disarmed Jews in Germany (I have seen a photo of Dodd’s letter). He turned the translation, with surprisingly few changes, into the 1968 Gun Control Act, under which we all still suffer.
Dodd eventually left the Senate under a cloud of corruption (for which transparent partisans at Wikipedia try to blame the firearms industry), as did his son, Christopher Dodd. We still live with the evil and idiotic 1968 Gun Control Act today, an enormous infringement on the right to keep and bear arms—and a disincentive to women who must enter an often hostile Man Country to purchase a weapon—that must be repealed.
Daniel Patrick Moynihan a Kennedy-era Senator and amiable drunk from Oklahoma, by way of New York City, believed he was being particularly clever when, unable to get rid of the small, concealable weapons that were virtually a fetish with him and other liberals in the Senate (leftists and their media symbiotes called them “Saturday Night Specials”, short for an extremely racist expression which was popular at the time) but which have since reduced the violent crime rate in America by double digits), so he began a campaign to ban the ammunition they required.
He would have outlawed .25 ACP, .32 ACP, and .380 Auto; I’m not sure about small revolver cartridges. His proposals were a laboratory specimen for “progressive” ignorance, shortsightedness, and unintended consequences. As far as I know, the laws he desired would have done nothing about .22 Long Rifle, of which Americans shoot two billion rounds a year. This means that new designs would soon have emerged with 20- or 30-round magazine capacities, to make up for losses in stopping power. And who knows, they may yet.
That’s right. America’s signature gun control law is based (verbatim in some cases[if translated]) on Nazi laws. Congress stripped away language which banned Jews from owning guns though much of their intent was aimed at eliminating ownership among minorities and the poor. One should never be surprised at how low the criminals of D.C. will sink in their attempts to deprive the people of freedom, possessions, and even life.
The rats of Washington are not nearly as stupid as they might appear on television. They learn from their mistakes, hone in on our weaknesses, and adopt the very best (worst) of what works from history. In warfare, thought control and freedom suppression they have borrowed heavily from the leading tyrants of history. Thus, the incredibly successful and damningly popular modern police state.
Every once in a while someone will stand up against these evil men and expose their actions. Edward Snowden did so in 2o13. He, a hated and highly sought after fugitive from justice [SIC], now lives as a refugee in Russia. Today, too, a story came out on how Snowden initially escaped persecution. This is definitely worth a read:
Once the Aeroflot flight to Moscow had exited Chinese airspace, the Hong Kong government announced Snowden had left the country. The U.S. government was livid. Predictably, Snowden’s departure kicked off a global pursuit and his passport was finally revoked.
However, when Snowden landed in Moscow, he was grounded in the transit zone of the airport because his cancelled passport meant he was prohibited from boarding any further commercial flights.
“I never intended to end up in Russia, much less choose it,” he said. “When my government learned I had departed Hong Kong en route to Latin America, they cancelled my passport trapping me in a Russian airport. Unable to travel and unable to leave, I filed applications for asylum in 21 countries around the world, places like France, and Germany, Austria and Finland. But those countries neither accepted my respective requests nor permitted safe travel onwards.”
Edward Snowden and Sarah Harrison at Sheremetyevo Airport
Edward Snowden attends a news conference at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport with Sarah Harrison, a British Wikileaks staffer, on July 12, 2013. In the end, Snowden and Harrison were marooned at the Sheremetyevo airport for a month before the Russian government granted him temporary asylum, which was recently extended for another three years.
So much for the lies that Snowden was working with Putin to undermine American imperial security. Always blame the Russians.
It’s amazing Snowden was willing to sacrifice as he did for the people. It’s even more amazing that the people haven’t used what they learned (or were presented with) in the slightest. The tons of documents gifted by Snowden amount to a massive indictment of the U.S. government. So far, the grand jury has been asleep. They say silence is acceptance.
Snowden has offered to return to the U.S. in exchange for a fair trial. It speaks volumes about the systemic corrupt of the government that they have steadfastly refused this simple offer. A fair trial in America is an impossibility, especially for one such as Snowden. Acquittals are mere flukes these days and there is a mechanism in place to preclude a “not guilty” verdict in cases like this or , at least, to render one moot.
Snowden’s only chance at returning to “normal” American life rests with the possibility of a Pardon. I hope he gets one eventually. Obama is probably out. I don’t think Snowden plays golf. Hillary would do it if there was $omething in it for her and old Billy. Trump could give us a surprise though he is surrounded by people who benefit from the dishonest narrative that Snowden is a criminal and a traitor.
Russia is an increasingly free nation. Perhaps Mr. Snowden will eventually settle there permanently. The old abuses of the Soviet Union are gone. Gone from Russia, come to America.