the elimination of a despised group by a government.
I'm taking Matt Bracken at his word:
Western Rifle Shooters Association
Democide: Socialism, Tyranny, Guns and Freedom
Democide is the elimination of a despised group by a government. It
includes genocide, politicide, and other forms of state-sponsored mass
murder. The hated minority headed for extermination may be defined by
religious, racial, political, class, cultural or other attributes.
Between 200 and 260 million people were the victims of democide in the
20th century, several times more than were killed in international wars
during that period.
The first widely studied modern democide occurred in Turkey between
1915 and 1923, when the Turkish government decided to eliminate the
country’s Christian minority, primarily ethnic Armenians and Greeks who
had Turkish roots extending back to before the Islamic conquest. Two
million Christians were murdered on forced marches into deserts without
water or food. This democide occurred in view of Western reporters, who
took photographs and posted contemporary wire reports. The fact that the
democide was known outside Turkey did not deter the Turkish leaders.
The Armenian Genocide, as it has become known, was also widely known inside
Turkey, where the majority Muslim population either supported or at
least passively tolerated the democide. It was impossible to miss the
sight of thousands of Christians at a time being rounded up and
force-marched through towns and into the burning deserts on one-way
Stalin and Hitler both noticed the lack of world reaction to the
democide of Turkish Christians and planned accordingly. In the Soviet
Union, Stalin’s henchmen purged millions of “kulaks” (farmers deemed to
have too much wealth), intellectuals, businessmen, and anyone who had
ever traveled outside the USSR or even had had contact with foreigners.
In Germany and Nazi-occupied Europe, Hitler proceeded with his own
“final solution to the Jewish problem.” Where the German national socialists
simply eliminated Jews as quickly as possible in mass graves and gas
chambers, Stalin’s international socialists deported their “class
enemies” to Siberia, where they were put to work in Gulag slave-labor
camps, with years of torture through cold, malnutrition and brutal
working conditions preceding the release of eventual death.
Stalin also devised another means of democide when he ordered the
forced starvation of the Ukrainians, and five million more innocent
victims were added to his totals. In Communist China seventy million
people were the victims of democide, murdered by overwork in slave-labor
camps, by direct execution, and by regional forced starvation. Millions
more were victims of democide in Pakistan, Cambodia, Rwanda, North Korea, and many other countries.
Democide, as the name implies, does not happen in the dark of night
without any awareness of it in the country where it occurs. The Turks
knew the Christians were being mass murdered. Average Germans were fully
aware of what was happening to the Jews between 1938 and 1945, and a
large majority either actively supported or at least tolerated it. (I
strongly recommend reading Hitler’s Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust, by Daniel Goldhagen, to fully appreciate the wholehearted German support for the Jewish democide.)
Today, we sometimes hear that the Second Amendment has outlived its
usefulness, that it is a relic of our barbaric past and is no longer
needed in the modern era. Horrific mass shootings by deranged
individuals are cited as the primary reason for Americans to surrender
their most effective firearms and rely solely on a state monopoly of
force for their protection. This government-dependent attitude is
shortsighted, historically ignorant, and extremely dangerous.
In each of the cases cited above, a necessary preliminary step on the
road to democide was the confiscation of privately owned firearms. In
Turkey, “reasonable” gun control laws enacted in 1911 permitted the
democide of two million Turkish Christians a few years later. In
Germany, the “commonsense” 1928 gun control laws of the Weimar Republic
preceded Hitler’s Holocaust by a decade.
The Weimar politicians did not intend for their gun control laws to
lead to the slaughter of millions of people, but it is an historical
fact that those gun control laws permitted the Nazis to carry out their
Holocaust. How? By making it economically and militarily feasible to
round up and mass murder entire towns without any significant
In fact, the Nazis quickly learned that they needed only a hundred
ordinary military policemen to exterminate towns of a thousand Polish
Jews in a single day. Contrast that fact with the Warsaw Ghetto
uprising. If the Jews had not first been disarmed, using previous gun
registration lists as a map for confiscation, the Holocaust would not
have been possible.
Likewise in the Soviet Union and in every other case, democide was
preceded by “reasonable and commonsense” firearms registration, followed
eventually by gun confiscation and then by the extermination of a
despised minority population.
During the past two centuries, while America has avoided tyranny,
Turkey, Germany, Russia and the other nations mentioned above have
spasmodically lurched between monarchs, democratically elected leaders,
and often quite popular dictators, allowing them frequent opportunities
to commit democide against their unwanted minorities.
The situation is fundamentally different in America, because we have a
centuries-old tradition of private firearms ownership guaranteed by the
Second Amendment to the Constitution. The Second Amendment does not
“grant” us this right; it puts into writing our God-given natural right
to effective self-defense, including armed defense against tyranny.
“Pure democracy” has been described as two wolves and a sheep voting
on their dinner plans. The two wolves might see this election as an
expression of their highest democratic values, but for the outnumbered
sheep, pure democracy is highly problematic. On the other hand, a
republic has been described as two wolves and a well-armed sheep voting
on dinner plans. The well-armed sheep can veto the outcome of the dinner
election simply by brandishing its firearm. The sheep has inherent
rights as a sovereign individual, including the right to self-defense, a
right that cannot be stripped away by a simple majority vote.
So, when a democratically elected American president speaks of
“fundamentally transforming” his country, and of his need to act outside
the constitutional framework, the population should be on guard. When
that leader begins to push for strict new “commonsense and reasonable”
gun control laws, including national firearms registration in the name
of “public safety,” the citizenry should be on high alert.
Can any glib politician, pundit or ivory tower academic give us an
ironclad guarantee that tyranny will never arise in the United States?
Not even a popular tyranny, like those of Ataturk, Stalin, Hitler or
Mao? Can anyone assure us that today’s “commonsense” gun registration
lists will not be used for future gun confiscation? Of course not.
The future may be unknowable, but history is well understood, and
American gun owners know and understand the history of democide in the
20th century. That is why they will never accede to what is currently
portrayed in the predominantly left-wing mainstream media as
“commonsense and reasonable” new gun control laws.
While American gun owners lament and regret the inescapable fact that
deranged individuals in a free country may on rare occasions murder a
dozen or a score of unarmed victims, they also understand that
government democide murders by the million. And in every case, tyrants
can conduct these democides only after disarming their unwanted
minorities, rendering them helpless to resist murderous government
American gun owners will never permit this historical pattern to be
repeated in their country, because they understand that the government’s
heavy hand will be kept in check only as long as they are armed. Ask
yourself: Were the Armenians, the Jews or the kulaks treated better, or
worse, after they were disarmed and rendered helpless by their
oppressors, who thereafter held an absolute government monopoly on armed
violence? The answer is too obvious to require elaboration.
Naive utopians and other “low-information voters” might not
understand the historical pattern, and we don’t expect them to bother to
learn it. Cynical and dishonest “progressives” who do understand the
historical pattern cannot yet reveal their ultimate goal of creating a
disarmed and helpless American citizenry. Nevertheless, millions of
Americans understand their hidden aim with crystal clarity, seeing
through the false sincerity of power-hungry leftist politicians who are
actually Marxist wolves dressed in Democrat sheep’s clothing—for now.
But unless and until these secret Stalinists and sundry other
“progressives” can figure out a way to disarm Americans, they cannot
execute their historically standard final solution to the
“reactionaries-standing-in-the-way-of-utopia” problem. And this is a
thorny problem for them, because tens of millions of Americans,
disbelieving their deceitful bromides, will stick to their guns no
Unlike the Armenians, Jews, kulaks and other exterminated peoples,
Americans who support the Second Amendment will never be disarmed
quietly by government edict prior to meekly boarding a train to a
socialist “reeducation” camp. They will not be taken at government
gunpoint on a one-way forced march into a desert or a Zyklon-B
“delousing shower,” simply because they foolishly agreed to be disarmed
by their future oppressors in the dubious name of “public safety.”
If American “progressives” truly intend to disarm the American
people, they will have to do it the hard way, by taking their bullets
first, one at a time. As the 300 Spartans announced to the vastly larger
Persian army at Thermopylae, “Molon Labe!”
You want our guns? Then come and take them!
No registration—no confiscation—no extermination!
Freedom now, freedom forever!