Letter: Our nazi-like gun control laws

POSTED: 10/17/11 11:56 AM

Dear Editor,

Our gun control laws were copied directly from Hitler’s Nazi Weapons Act of 1938 (Translated to English). Read it, and you will see they are the same gun control laws we have on our books today.
“Classified guns for “sporting purposes”. All citizens who wished to purchase firearms had to register with the Nazi officials and have a background check. Presumed German citizens were hostile and thereby exempted Nazis from the gun control law. It gave Nazis unrestricted power to decide what kinds of firearms could, or could not be owned by private persons. The types of ammunition that were legal were subject to control by bureaucrats. Juveniles under 18 years could not buy firearms and ammunition”.
“Regulations Against Jews’ Possession of Weapons November 11, 1938 With a basis in #31 of the Weapons Law of 18 March 1938 (Reichsgesetzblatt I, p.265), Article III of the Law on the Reunification of Austria with Germany of March 13, 1938 (Reichsgesetzblatt I, p. 237), and #9 of the Führer and Chancellor’s decree on the administration of the Sudeten-German districts of October 1, 1938 (Reichsgesetzblatt I, p 1331) are the following ordered:
#1 Jews (#5 of the First Regulations of the German Citizenship Law of 14 November 1935, Reichsgesetzblatt I, p. 1333) are prohibited from acquiring, possessing, and carrying firearms and ammunition, as well as truncheons or stabbing weapons. Those now possessing weapons and ammunition are at once to turn them over to the local police authority.
#2 Firearms and ammunition found in a Jew’s possession will be forfeited to the government without compensation.
#3 The Minister of the Interior may make exceptions to the prohibition in §1 for Jews who are foreign nationals. He can entrust other authorities with this power.
#4 Whoever willfully or negligently violates the provisions of §1 will be punished with imprisonment and a fine. In especially severe cases of deliberate violations, the punishment is imprisonment in a penitentiary for up to five years.
#5 For the implementation of this regulation, the Minister of the Interior waives the necessary legal and administrative provisions.
#6 This regulation is valid in the state of Austria and in the Sudeten-German districts.
Berlin, November 11, 1938. Minister of the Interior Frick.”

Countries with the highest crime rates in the world all have similar gun control laws Jamaica, Trinidad, Guyana, Venezuela, Mexico, Iran, Libya, Cuba and Zimbabwe. St. Maarten also has similar gun control laws.
Our gun control laws have only served to limit freedom, victimize and criminalize the good people and empower the criminal. We are urging parliament to do their research and review these laws. We are also urging parliament to carefully review the new gun license regulation bill that will be brought to parliament shortly by the justice department for ratification. We must all be careful not to make additional laws that will further empower the criminal, criminalize the good person and make it useless or impossible for good citizens to own a gun legally for self-defense purposes.

Peter Gunn

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Comments (2)

 

  1. lizette peterson says:

    i surprised them dumdums on the island even know what nazi’s were….it’s a shame the ignorance existing on that island. yeah let people own guns..so that when the time comes and the ish hit the fan, there can be more people fallin down dead and more criminals on the road. how about creating something called CONSEQUENCE for the bastards who killin, rapin and thiefin in people house. police all them in on it so nothin will ever come of that. sxm needs one big hurricane to wipe them ALL OUT! start with the youth, the government and the police department.

  2. irie says:

    Dear Peter,

    Leave the comparisons of statistics, correlations and policy contents up to academics and lawmakers. You definitely have shortcomings when it comes to reasoning and are too quick to put one and one together.

    Just because your homeland (The U.S.) is a special case when it comes to gun policy that is; amazingly high gun ownership and relatively medium levels of gun homicides (5 – 6 per 100,000) does not mean that this policy setting will work in other countries. You can not generalize your findings on such simplistic policy attributes and apply the same type of gun policy in St. Maarten.

    It is a shame that you have a total disregard of vital factors such as demographics, culture and economics which play a huge role in murder rates. Let me just give you a small example that correlations between gun count and gun murders does not always say much when taking a global comparison.

    So let me show you and the readers what I mean:

    Have a look at this graph, the Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population: http://www.gunpolicy.org/firearms/compare/112/rate_of_civilian_firearm_possession/16,232,90,178,183,192,194,206

    and,

    Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People:
    http://www.gunpolicy.org/firearms/compare/112/rate_of_gun_homicide/16,232,178,183,192,194,206,90

    As you can see, Jamaica, Barbados and United Kingdom have the same level of gun ownership (6.5 to 8), but their murder rates widely vary. With in Jamaica you are 600 times more likely being killed by a gun than in the United Kingdom. Similarly, Malta and Thailand have a higher range of gun ownership (12 to 16), but it is far more likely to get killed in Thailand and almost impossible to do so in Malta.

    Now let’s look at the United States and Switzerland. In the U.S. you can find twice as much guns than in Switzerland (88 % vs 45.7 %) but you are more likely to get killed in the States by a factor of 5.5 times. If I take this correlation seriously, it disproves your theory.

    If you compare the United States with Zimbabwe (3rd world country) you can see that the U.S. have 26 times more guns than Zimbabwe, which have very few civilian guns in circulation. Here you can indeed see that it’s more likely to get killed in Zimbabwe, 1.6 times more likely than the U.S. Here it seems that your high gun ownership / low murder rate correlation hold true, but if this is the case, what do the previous “correlations” that I just mentioned above mean?

    I can’t explicitly make it anymore clear that comparing numbers without putting the country context into place does not hold ground. The above comparison does not mean anything. Gun ownership does not say anything about gun crime/murders when generalizing the findings.

    As I previously said, you are better off when you take the country demographics, culture, and economics into account. A simple look at the graphs simply indicates that Western countries can afford to buy guns. In Third World countries, gun crimes are more often committed probably due to state failure. Heck, even some European countries have a better track record when it comes to low murder rates, both with high gun ownership and low gun ownership levels.

    Peter, as you have probably noticed I did not even comment your comparisons of the Nazi gun policies. It is just such a low blow that I won’t take you seriously. Hopefully the other readers made the same judgement.

    Irie