Old Blue Collar Joe
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- Posted: Wed, 06 Feb 2013 14:46:40 +0000
Actually, literally every single person who has ever told you that Hitler banned all firearms in Germany as part of his bid to seize power is completely full of s**t.
To begin with, the Nazis did not take power in Germany through military force, but rather through the Enabling Act of 1933, which allowed the Chancellor to declare whatever laws he wished unilaterally. One of his first acts after claiming emergency powers was to dissolve the legislature, which instantly had the force of law.
But more importantly, the Nazis did not add new restrictions to gun ownership for the average German. In point of fact, the Weimar Republic, which was the regime replaced by the Nazis, had completely banned firearms out of worries of an armed revolution. In 1919. It then relaxed those restrictions, requiring only registration. The Nazis relaxed gun laws even further, for most people. (For the Jewish minority matters were different, but they had effectively no other rights under the Nazis, either, including, for example, the right to own a newspaper publisher.) The law you've got a picture of there, from some fringe right wing propaganda rag? That law makes it easier to buy guns.
No one is saying that. They say he disarmed the Jews, not the Germans. Big damn difference.