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January 20, 2014

'Gun Control in the Third Reich'

In 1919, after repressing a communist uprising,
the government instructed citizens to surrender “any and all firearms and ammunition,” under penalty of five years in prison and a fine. Then, after an attack on a police station, Berlin officers began shooting citizens who were caught with firearms on the spot. The next year saw the Law on the Disarmament of the People, followed by house-to-house searches and confiscations. - - BOOK REVIEW: - Washington Times

Posted by gerardvanderleun at January 20, 2014 12:16 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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In the interests of historical accuracy I have to point out that the Third Reich did not yet exist in 1919.

The First Reich was The Holy Roman Empire.
The Second Reich was 1876-1918 after the Franco-Prussian War to the end of World War 1
The Third Reich was Nazi Germany, 1933 - 1945.
The interlude between the second & Third Reich was called the Wiemar Republic.

"Following World War I, the republic emerged from the German Revolution in November 1918. In 1919, a national assembly was convened in Weimar, where a new constitution for the German Reich was written, then adopted on 11 August of that same year."

That being said. I have to agree with what the reviewer said. It looks like a very good read.

Posted by: Tim P at January 20, 2014 7:55 PM

When talk of gun registration or confiscation heats up, it seems a lot of gun owners get overly excited and decide to move their collection across some deep lake in a canoe. It's shocking how many times their canoe overturns.

Posted by: Scott M at January 21, 2014 12:06 AM

I am beginning to think we should keep re-electing the gun grabbing jerks in congress. They encourage more and more people to go out and buy more guns and more ammo. If I was working for a federal law enforcement agency, I sure wouldn't want to be assigned to the gun confiscation team, no matter what my personal preferences were regarding guns.

Posted by: drdave at January 21, 2014 8:59 AM

The title and the quote might mislead some. Third Reich didn't start until 1933 with the appointment of Hitler as Chancellor. This gun confiscation was the work of the Wiemar Republic. I assume that the book the quote came from focused on the Nazi regime but I didn't want to let someone who gets their history from the web to get confused.

Posted by: John the River at January 21, 2014 9:55 AM

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