Excerpt from essay by Madelyn Lyon, Naples FL Chapter, 10th grade World History Honors class, Seacrest Country Day School:
It should be taken into account that those who would like to possess weapons for unsavory reasons can always find a way to get what they want.
There are numerous times in history that gun control has not worked out. It should not be forgotten that Stalin, Adoff Hitler, and Fidel Castro all abolished the right to bear arms in their home countries, leaving the citizens unable to defend themselves from their leader’s followers. Hitler used the registration of fire arms to find the people that had the guns; he then confiscated the guns and executed the gun owners. “The reason is plain. Registration makes it easy for a tyrannical government to confiscate firearms and make prey of its subjects. Denying this historical fact is no more justified than denying that the Holocaust occurred or that the Nazis murdered millions of unarmed people.” (Stephen P. Halbrook, Ph.D.,J.D.)
In 1911, Turkey started a gun control program. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million of Turkey Armenians that were unable to defend themselves against their government were then arrested and then exterminated. In 1929 the Soviet Union started a gun control program as well; the reason was for controlling the “more difficult” of their citizens. From that year on to the death of Joseph Stalin, in 1953, 40 million Soviets were arrested and then killed by various governmental agencies. The citizens were unable to defend themselves from the people that took their guns away. As Hitler rose and Nazi’s Germany became more powerful the country created their own gun control policies. From 1929 to 1945; 13 million gypsies, homosexuals, Jews, mentally ill, and others were also unable to defend themselves from the Nazi party. They too were arrested and either exterminated or sent to concentration camps, but still usually died.
In 1935, communist China created gun control, an estimated 5 million people that had disagreed with the government were unable to defend themselves against the harsh dictatorship. They were arrested then killed. 300,000 Christians were unable to defend themselves from their dictatorship government, were arrested and then killed in Uganda after they had made a gun control policy in 1970. These Christians were killed from 1971 to 1979. Cambodia also created gun control in 1956, and then from 1975 to 1977; one million of the educated people were unable to defend themselves against the government and were killed. Last in the year of 1994, in Rwanda; the Rwanda disarmed the Tutsi people. The Tutsi people unable to defend themselves from their government were then immediately executed.
These blatant displays of what could happen if the right to bear arms is taken away from the people are shocking and terrifying. Hopefully, the talk of getting rid of the right to bear arms will lead into something beneficial to the common American and will not head down the path of the devastating pain and suffering that gun control so far has lead up too. Some wait and pray that we have learn from history and will hopefully not repeat its mistakes.