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Gun Control in the Third Reich

“Stephan Halbrook’s Gun Control in the Third Reich provides a stark example of why defenders of liberty must oppose any attempts to limit our ability to defend ourselves from private and public criminals. Halbrook’s work is especially timely since so many in Washington are once again trying to convince the people they have nothing to fear from gun registration and other infringements on our Second Amendment rights.”

— Ron Paul, former U.S. Congressman and candidate for President of the United States


A year before Adolf Hitler took power in 1933, the German Interior Minister directed that gun registration records be made secure to keep them from falling “into the hands of radical elements.” His efforts proved futile: the records fell into the hands of the Nazi government, which used them to disarm its political enemies and the Jews. By 1938, the Nazis had deprived Jews of the rights of citizenship and were ratcheting up measures to strip them of their assets—including the means to defend themselves. The horrific consequences have names etched in our consciousness: “The Night of Broken Glass” (Kristallnacht) and the Holocaust.

Countless books have been written about Hitler’s dictatorship yet have failed to mention the disarming of Jews and other “enemies of the state.” Independent Institute Research Fellow and author Stephen P. Halbrook now fills this gaping void with his pioneering and eye-opening book, Gun Control in the Third Reich: Disarming the Jews and “Enemies of the State.”

Based on newly discovered documents from German archives, diaries, and newspapers of the time, Halbrook presents the hidden history
—in a readable but well documented, scholarly manner—of how the Third Reich made use of gun control to disarm and repress its enemies and consolidate its power.

The book covers the historical periods of the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich leading up to World War II. The book then presents a panorama of pertinent events during World War II regarding the effects of the disarming policies. As Americans’ right to bear arms becomes increasingly challenged, it is a caution to all who debate these issues.

Book Information Link: http://www.independent.org/guncontrol/

Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Gun-Control-Third-Reich-Disarming/dp/1...

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