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A gunfight on every streetcorner?

A gunfight on every streetcorner?
by Vin Suprynowicz

In response to my July 11 column, pointing out there were no serial killings in Santa Clara, California over the Fourth of July weekend thanks to an armed gun-store employee who was able to put a stop to a would-be mass murderer's rampage before it got started, one B.R. wrote in, asserting:

"So, if'n we arm everyone, we can have real Viet Cong type snipers and fire fights every Time we get a hankerin. ..."

I replied:

Greetings, B.R. --

In Switzerland, every head of household -- being a member of the militia -- is expected to keep a machine gun in his home. No one pretends this right and duty has anything to do with fending off bears or Wild Indians ... or even "legitimate sporting use" (a phrase coined by Joseph Goebbels.) Yet firefights are notably rare in that extremely peaceful, modern industrial nation.

Before 1912, when there was no "gun control" in this nation and machine guns could be purchased through the mail, foreign visitors found America one of the most peaceful and polite nations on earth -- a condition which six decades of "gun control" and the accompanying Cult of the Omnipotent State are now, finally, beginning to destroy.

In Germany and elsewhere in Eastern Europe in the 1920s, most citizens -- notably including the Jews -- tried to prove they were "law-abiding" by turning in their firearms as required by law. Many of them found cause to regret that decision in the years immediately after 1939. In desperation and at incalculable expense, the Jews of the Warsaw ghetto did finally fight a two-month rebellion against their armed oppressors. (Why is it those who say they "want to get rid of all the guns" can only laugh at our silliness when we propose that they start by disarming their own government police? Can it be they don't really mean everyone would give up their guns, at all -- that they instead mean to duplicate here the government monopoly on arms which prevailed in Nazi-occupied Europe from 1939 to 1945?)

Starting on April 19, 1943 (a date which Janet Reno and Bill Clinton decided to commemorate quite remarkably in 1993), those residents of the Warsaw ghetto launched a hopeless rebellion with only 14 rifles and fewer than 50 pistols. (You can still read all about in Leon Uris' great novel, "Mila 18.") That rebellion nonetheless proved to the world that -- pushed to the limit -- Jews could fight to defend their children and their culture from utter extinction, and fight with nearly superhuman zeal. It was, in great measure, that demonstration which made thinkable the birth of the sovereign modern nation of Israel, in 1948.

(And here we find another nation, by the way -- like peaceful Switzerland -- where no one has to worry any longer about children being shot up by terrorists or madmen in the schools. And why not? Because the Israelis finally wised up and issued their teachers semi-automatic pistols, at which point terrorism in Israeli schools stopped overnight. Oh, sorry, was I not supposed to bother you with any inconvenient facts?)

Are you saying you believe the Jews of the Warsaw ghetto had no right to revolt against those who had imposed "gun control" upon them -- and who were starving their children, raping their women, shipping off hundreds of thousands of their neighbors and family members to the extermination camps, and otherwise casually shooting them down in the streets like dogs? That if you had it in your power, you would see to it that they started their revolt with fewer than 14 rifles and a few dozen pistols?

If I had it in my power to go back to that time and place and carry along one thing, I would take them a .30-caliber Browning machine gun, and as many loaded ammo belts as I could carry.

Instead, I can only strive to prevent it all from happening again ... here.

For what are you willing to dedicate your life? To see this becomes a nation of disarmed slaves, subject to the whim of an armed, para-military police force? If so, then I am glad to discover I have finally found the person for whom I was long ago entrusted with a message. It was you, it turns out, whom Samuel Adams was addressing when he said, at the Philadelphia State House on August 1, 1776:

"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen."

You -- the smug, fascist toadie.

Vin Suprynowicz is one of the most articulate spokesmen serving on the front lines of the Freedom Movement we have. Vin's timely and well written articles are syndicated in newspapers all around the country, and they circulate around the world freely on the Internet and in Libertarian publications. He is the author of Send in the Waco Killers, the book that tells the details the media failed to tell in plain English. The best way to get Vin is to subscribe directly to the e-mail distribution list for his column. Send a request to with "subscribe" in the subject line.

It is an honor to host this man's work, and we encourage you to visit his site and read his book. To read other articles by Vin on this site, click here. You can also see his full archives at these two sites:

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