The Unconstitutional National Firearms Act Of 1934Submitted by Bob-45 on Sun, 11/17/2013 - 10:00
Posted on November 14, 2013 by MAC
An article published by John Lott this week touched upon a subject I’ve been meaning to address for some time here on TBS.
The National Firearms Act (NFA) was established in 1934 presumably to combat gangland crime of the era. It came on the heels of the repeal of Prohibition, a law that was so poorly conceived that it gave rise to modern organized crime and nearly crippled our nation. Gangs that previously focused on prostitution, gambling and theft quickly moved into “bootlegging” and as a result massive criminal enterprises sprung up across the nation.
With crime, comes violence.
A typical knee-jerk reaction to crime has always been to ban firearms, as if they’re responsible for the violence brought about by ill-conceived laws such as Prohibition or the current “war on drugs”.
Gangs of the era took a shine to new firearms technology, namely the Thompson sub-machine gun. Infamous characters such as Al Capone or John Dillinger were fans of the handy .45 ACP caliber long arm that sold for $200 at local hardware stores or even through the mail. While violence carried out with Thompson wasn’t nearly as common as Hollywood would have us believe, the general public loved to read stories and watch movies featuring the “Chicago Typewriter” being misused by thugs which contributed to the mystique of the firearm. The truth is, 79 years after the passage of the NFA, Chicago is a far deadlier city than it was in 1929 when Al Capone was on the loose and Tommy Guns were sold through the mail.
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