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Old January 18, 2013, 03:25 PM   #1
scrubcedar
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RKBA facts thread, feel free to add to it!

There is a misquote from Hitler running around on the internet.
"In order to conquer a country, you must first disarm its citizens."
This does indeed appear to be a misquote, the reality is much, much, worse.
Here is a scholarly reference, with footnotes, research etc.
http://www.stephenhalbrook.com/article-nazilaw.pdf
Notice the authors qualifications. "The author
holds a Ph.D. from Florida State University and a J.D. from Georgetown University.
Located in Fairfax, Virginia, he litigates constitutional law issues in the federal courts,
including the Supreme Court."
The real quote is somewhat different.
"The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow
the subject races to possess arms. History shows that all
conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms
have prepared their own downfall by so doing.

Adolph Hitler"
This is the reference it came from.2. HITLER'S SECRET CONVERSATIONS 403 (Norman Cameron and R. H. Stevens
trans., 1961).
While it was true that Hitler made it easier for Nazi Party members to have guns, disarming his political opponents was a high priority.
Imagine trying to round up the Jews while they were heavily armed.
Disarming political opponents while increasing your access to arms or arming the guards who protect you, sound familiar Mr. President, Ms Feinstein?

Here is a particularly on target and disturbing quote from the article.
To set the scene, this is after the Nazi's had started violently suppressing the opposition which they conveniently described as communists.

"The Gesetz über die Entwaffnung der Bevölkerung (Law on the
Disarmament of the People), passed on August 7, 1920, provided for a
Reichskommissar for Disarmament of the Civil Population.
He was empowered to
define which weapons were “military weapons” and thus subject to seizure.
The
bolt action Mauser rifles Models 1888/98, which had 5-shot magazines, were put in the
same class as hand grenades.
Persons with knowledge of unlawful arms caches
were required to inform the Disarmament Commission.
"

Or how about this quote,"By 1928, the Weimar republic was ready to enact a comprehensive firearms
law. The Gesetz über Schußwaffen und Munition (Law on Firearms and
Ammunition)
required a license to manufacture, assemble, or repair firearms and ammunition, or even to reload cartridges.
A license was also required to sell firearms
as a trade.
Trade in firearms was prohibited at annual fairs, shooting competitions,
and other events.
Acquisition of a firearm or ammunition required a Waffen oder
Munitionserwerbscheins (license to obtain a weapon or ammunition) from the police.
The requirement applied to both commercial sales and private transfers
"

If this information is not already starting to cause the hair on the back of your neck to stand up, feel free to read the whole article.
The reality is worse than the misquote.
I've written about the recent historical precedents at length on other threads as well.
If you have any facts you can back up with research that can be thrown into RKBA discussions share them here on this thread, we should all be better informed than our adversaries
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