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Breaking: First Gun Confiscation Killing Reported in Maryland (Nov.
Police officers in Anne Arundel County, Maryland arrived at a
man’s home to confiscate his guns under the state’s Red Flag law.
When he answered the door holding a gun, a fight ensued and they shot him dead.
For months, we have been warning you about the so-called “red flag”
bills that are being passed in states around the country. These laws allow family members, friends, and even complete strangers
to turn gun owners into police to have their firearms confiscated. It is then up to the gun owner to prove that he or she
deserves the right to keep and bear arms. It completely turns the justice system on its head. Under these laws, gun owners
are presumed guilty until proven innocent.
On Monday morning, police officers in Anne Arundel County, Maryland showed up confiscate 60-year-old Gary J Willis’ guns. A family
member had called police and asked them to suspend Gary Willis’ gun rights, and the local police department was more
than happy to oblige.
pounding on the door began at 5:17 am, Gary showed up to his door holding a firearm. When he saw it was police, he put the
gun down to talk to them. But then, the officers informed him they were there to confiscate all of his weapons.
Imagine how you would feel. You wake up
out of a sound sleep to pounding on your door. You grab a gun in case it is a criminal, but it turns out that the police
are there to confiscate your guns without even accusing you of committing a crime…
Gary Willis refused to comply with the confiscation order. That is when
the fight broke out. During the struggle, one of the weapons discharged. Police, fearing for their lives, opened fire on
Gary Willis, killing the 60-year-old man in his own home.
Gary Willis was not charged or even accused of committing a crime. All of this happened
because one extended family member told police she was worried that he was dangerous. No evidence, no proof… just
one person’s word. And now, an innocent man is dead.
Million Plus NJ Gun Owners Defy
State Law, Refuse to Turn Over Banned Gun Mags
Over one million New Jersey Gun owners defy Governor Murphy’s
gun magazine ban & turn in demands of what some estimate is easily more than ten million now illegal standard capacity
New Jersey –- New
Jersey’s standard capacity magazine ban is now in effect making New Jersey’s one million gun owners criminals
in the eyes of the state. But in an act of mass definace, New Jersey residents refuse to comply.
Any magazine holding more than ten rounds is now illegal in the Garden State. The
standard magazine for an AR-15 holds 30 rounds. Glock 19s, which is the most popular pistol in the United States, holds 15
rounds. Anyone who is possession of larger magazine is committing a fourth-degree felony.
Anyone caught with one of the now banned magazines in their possession faces up to 18 months in prison and up to
$10,000 in fines or both for each magazine found.
bill was signed into law last June by Gov. Phil Murphy (D). Residents had until December 11th, 2018, to turn over magazines
to police or sell or store them out of state.
groups sued New Jersey to try to prevent the law from going into effect. Their attempt on blocking the law failed in a federal
appeals court. The three-judge panel ruled that a law limiting the number of rounds a magazine holds did not violate the US Constitution and did not put an undue
burden on New Jersey gun owners.
Jersey’s law reasonably fits the State’s interest in public safety and does not unconstitutionally burden the
Second Amendment’s right to self-defense in the home,” the court wrote in their decision. “The law also
does not violate the Fifth Amendment’s Takings Clause because it does not require gun owners to surrender their magazines
but instead allows them to retain modified magazines or register firearms that have magazines that cannot be modified.”
AG Gurbir Grewal applauded the ruling on Twitter stating: “This just in: for months, individuals have been
challenging NJ’s limits on large capacity magazines—a sensible law to address mass shootings. Today, the court
of appeals upheld the law. Big win for public safety and law enforcement safety!”
Residents of New Jersey on various message boards have called the magazine ban unenforceable.
Some were going as far as laughing at Gov. Murphy and his attempt at regulating magazine size.
New Jersey is not saying how they plan to enforce the ban on standard capacity magazines.
Gov. Murphy’s office referred AmmoLand to the New Jersey Attorney General’s office. The AG’s office refused
Sharon Lauchaire, Director of
Communications for the Office the Attorney General told AmmoLand: “We do not discuss law enforcement strategies.”
AmmoLand’s sources within the New Jersey State Police that spoke on a condition
of anonymity stated that they had not received any guidance on how to enforce the ban from the AG’s office. They said
that there is currently no plan to investigate gun owners suspected of having the now banned magazines.
Trump Opens Door For Gun Confiscation In America
By Chuck Baldwin
March 8, 2018
gun owners have always known that the ultimate goal of gun control extremists such as Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Dianne
Feinstein, et al., has always been gun confiscation. The plan is not to “control” the private ownership of firearms;
it is to PROHIBIT the private ownership of firearms. Enacting ever-encroaching gun control laws is simply an incremental
means to the ultimate end of gun confiscation and prohibition.
Donald Trump was elected
on the promise of protecting the Second Amendment (among other things). Instead, he has become the poster boy for one of
the most egregious gun control machinations of all: gun confiscation.
As I reported in this column
last week, in a bipartisan meeting with congressmen and senators recently, President Trump “voiced support
for confiscating guns from certain individuals deemed to be dangerous, even if it violates due process rights.
“‘I like taking the guns early, like in this crazy man’s case that just took place in Florida
... to go to court would have taken a long time,’ Trump said at a meeting with lawmakers on school safety and gun
“‘Take the guns first, go through due process second,’ Trump said.
“Trump was responding to comments from Vice President Pence that families and local law enforcement
should have more tools to report potentially dangerous individuals with weapons.
“‘Allow due process so
no one’s rights are trampled, but the ability to go to court, obtain an order and then collect not only the firearms
but any weapons,’ Pence said.
"‘Or, Mike, take the firearms first, and then go to court,’
See the column here:
Florida School Massacre Proves Police Are Worthless In Protecting Us
Well, Trump’s statements are now the rallying cry for gun grabbers all over America
to enact gun confiscation laws.
So far, five states have passed "red flag" laws
that allow police agencies to confiscate guns from someone deemed to be "dangerous" by either a law enforcement
officer or a family member BEFORE the individual has committed any crime, and in one State (Rhode Island) the governor issued
an executive order implementing a “red flag” law.
Here are the six states
where the legislatures have already passed—or the governor has already issued an executive order implementing—“red
And since Trump’s Stalinist statements, there are at least 24 additional
states that are currently considering passing "red flag" laws. These are:
Doubtless, many other states are also considering passing
"red flag" laws.
And it’s not taking long for law enforcement agencies in the above states
to begin their Naziesque assault on gun owners. This report is from Seattle:
“The city’s police department
became the first law enforcement agency in the state to force the surrender of a firearm under a new law known as an ‘extreme risk protection order.’
incident involves a man who lives in Belltown, who neighbors said had been intimidating people for the past year - even staring-down
customers through store-front windows with a gun holstered at his side.
“Mental illness is suspected,
but that new law allowed police to legally disarm him.”
“The man, who we are not naming, is also well known
to the bars and restaurants below his unit along Second Ave. The volume of complaints convinced Seattle police to seek an extreme risk protection order - or ‘erpo’ – which allows law enforcement to legally remove guns from people deemed a danger to themselves
“In this case, the man refused to comply. Because of the new law, police were then able to return with
a warrant and force the man to surrender the firearm.”
“A few dozen erpos have been served and executed
around the state, but Seattle police said they are the only agency so far to seize a gun because the owner refused to hand
“Law enforcement professionals said these specialized protection orders could be a common sense strategy
to try and prevent mass shootings - such as what happened in Parkland, Florida.
“‘There's certainly a
big concern of the connection between mental health and people exhibiting violent behavior and whether or not they should
have access to firearms. The “erpos” give us that tool now as an option,’ said Sgt. Eric Pisconski, who
leads the crisis response unit for the Seattle Police Department.
“The confiscations only last a year, although they
can be renewed.”
See the report here:
Seattle Police First In State To Seize Gun Under Mental Health Law
A few observations are in order here:
First, the open carry of a firearm is LEGAL in the area where this took place. So, the fellow was violating
NO gun laws whatsoever. Plus, he never removed the pistol from its holster or brandished it in any way.
the man was “known” to nearby bars and restaurants near his place of residence. That means nothing. Known for
what? The report doesn’t even say the man was known for acting weirdly or strangely. It just says he was “known.”
And even if he did act weirdly or strangely, if we denied constitutional rights to everyone in that category, a majority
of Americans would have no rights, and ALL of Congress would have no rights.
Thirdly, what does “volume of
complaints” mean? How many complaints were received over a YEAR’S time? Two? Five? Ten? People complaining about
other people happens all of the time. Plus, if complaints had been received over the course of an entire year and police
just now decided to act, the man must not have been considered much of a threat.
Fourthly, there was NO report
of the man “exhibiting violent behavior,” as the police sergeant claims. The report says “he had been intimidating
people.” How? No specifics except to say he was “staring” at people. Wow! Run for your lives!
a U.S. citizen who has committed NO CRIME is denied his Natural right of self-defense for a whole year. And the media report
says the confiscations “only” last a year, with the caveat that they may be extended. Indeed. They could and
very likely will be extended indefinitely.
How many defenseless (unarmed) people are robbed, assaulted, accosted,
beaten up, raped, wounded, paralyzed, or killed in a year’s time? It seems many politicians (and many police officers
themselves) will not be content until every American citizen is totally defenseless and unable to protect him or herself.
you this with all seriousness: At some point, the American people will be forced to view these governmental attacks against
our Second Amendment liberties as a declaration of war.
Sixthly, the man quoted in the news story who
had complained about the armed fellow did so because he said he didn’t like the sight of the man carrying a firearm,
as it made him “afraid.”
That the mere sight of a
law-abiding citizen openly carrying a sidearm would make someone “afraid” is not sufficient reason to deny the
citizen his constitutional right to keep and “bear” arms. This “I’m offended” or “his
gun scares me” complaint is nothing but cover for little Nazis to try and deny another person their Natural, God-given
But under this new “red flag” law in Washington State, police are now able
to confiscate a person’s firearm without the person committing ANY crime—or even threatening to commit a crime.
Even when police forced the man to surrender his firearm, the man made no threatening gesture toward the officers.
Gun confiscation has started in America—and President Trump’s Stalinist statements about taking
guns first and worrying about due process later is the banner under which this is happening.
Trump promised to add “mental health” regulations to gun purchases and ownership, he opened Pandora’s Box.
go into the “mental health” trap in more detail in this column:
Trump Set To Enact More Gun Control
“Mental health” regulations for gun ownership is what extremist gun grabbers Schumer, Pelosi,
Feinstein, et al., have been trying to accomplish for decades. Now, it is the “pro-gun” Republican President
Donald Trump who is the one making it happen.
Kris Kobach is the Secretary of State of Kansas. He is
a former professor of constitutional law at UMKC Law School. He wrote an excellent analysis of the constitutional violations
of these “red flag” laws:
1. The seizure
of guns without any hearing at all. The laws all contain an “ex parte” provision that allows
the state to temporarily seize a person’s guns without even notifying the gun owner or giving him a chance to be heard.
This is the quintessential denial of due process. The Fourth Amendment makes clear that a person cannot be denied of liberty
(to exercise one’s constitutional right to bear arms) without due process of law. This confiscation is “temporary,”
but it can easily lead to long-term or permanent confiscation.
on the testimony of one unrelated person. The confiscation order can be based on the testimony of only one person
claiming that the gun owner poses a risk to the safety of himself or others. The law deceptively says that it has to be
the testimony of a “family member.” such as the one in Washington State But “family member” is defined to include “former dating partners” and anyone who has ever lived with the defendant.
So a jilted former boyfriend or girlfriend, or even a roommate from years ago, could easily set in motion the disarming of
a lawful gun owner.
3. Using a very
low standard of proof. The standard for obtaining an ex parte order against a gun owner is absurdly
low – one need only show “reasonable cause” to believe that the person may pose a risk. That’s even
lower than the “probable cause” standard for obtaining a search warrant. In addition, the judge is forced to
rush his decision and issue the confiscation order on the same day of the ex parte hearing. Within two weeks of the ex parte hearing, a hearing with the gun owner present
must occur; the purpose is to put in place a long-term confiscation order. But even at that hearing, the standard of proof is far below the “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard used in criminal trials. Rather, it need only be
shown by “a preponderance of evidence” that the person poses a risk of injury to self or others. What kind of
evidence? Things like the “reckless storage” of firearms and drinking habits can be considered. If you keep
a handgun in the bedside table and drink beer regularly, you may [be] in trouble.
4. Shifting the burden of proof to the gun owner. The long-term
confiscation order lasts up to a year, but may be renewed indefinitely. Once it is in place, it becomes very difficult to
remove. To have the confiscation order lifted, the gun owner must prove he does not pose a threat to himself or others. Proving a negative is nearly impossible. Adding
insult to injury, the bill even authorizes local law enforcement to charge the gun owner a storage fee for
confiscating and storing his guns.
After the Parkland school shooting, had Donald
Trump simply used his bully pulpit to promote arming teachers and school employees as a deterrent and defense against these
school shootings without calling for more gun control, it would have been a HUGE boost for the Second Amendment in general
and school safety in particular.
Instead, Trump fell in with anti-Second Amendment liberals
and started calling for more gun control, adding “mental health” restrictions to gun purchases and making his
stupid Stalinist statements about taking guns first and worrying about due process later.
As a result, anti-gun liberals
all over the country are using Trump’s own words and proposed gun control policies as a rallying cry to enact gun
As it stands right now, Donald Trump has opened the door for more damage being
done to the Second Amendment than any other president, Democrat or Republican, in our lifetime.
in the 50 states had better keep a close eye on their State legislatures this year and next, because, thanks to Donald Trump,
gun confiscation is going to be on the agenda in virtually every single State in the country. And while you are at it, don’t
overlook the federal Congress.
No wonder Dianne Feinstein looked so deliriously (and devilishly)
happy when Trump uttered his stupid comment about gun confiscation and said he wanted to bring an assault weapons ban (Feinstein’s
bill) into proposed gun control legislation.
See the video here:
Watch Dianne Feinstein Erupt With Glee After Trump Seems To Endorse Her Assault Weapons Ban
But if you are a freedom-loving American who values your liberties and the God-given
right to defend them, happy is NOT what you should be feeling right now. You should be OUTRAGED at Donald Trump, and you
should be absolutely determined to be ever vigilant against ANY attempt from Democrats or Republicans from federal, State,
or municipal government to enact further restrictions against your right to keep and bear arms—because Trump has opened
the door not only for more gun control but also for gun confiscation.
P.S. One more time I want to remind readers that self-defense—including
defense against tyrannical government—is more than a right guaranteed in the Second Amendment to our Constitution;
it is a duty assigned us in Nature by our Creator. For anyone, especially a Christian, to willingly surrender their means
of self-defense is not only a crime against liberty; it is a sin against God.
I urge my Christian friends
(and anyone else) to read the book my constitutional attorney son and I wrote entitled “To Keep or Not To Keep: Why
Christians Should Not Give Up Their Guns.”
Mark it down: Any law demanding the citizenry
to surrender their AR-15 rifles would be unconstitutional, unnatural, and unbiblical. And NO Christian or other free man
should ever comply with such a law.
I know that there is a plethora of pastors who teach that
Christians ought to obey the government should it outlaw our guns. THEY ARE WRONG. They are wrong biblically, constitutionally,
Our book shows the Natural and Biblical duty of self-defense. I don’t
know of another book like it.
With all that is happening today, it is CRUCIAL that people
(especially Christians) become familiar with the truths contained in this book. I urge you to order one for yourself and
one (at least) for your friends and kinfolk.
To order “To Keep or Not To Keep: Why Christians
Should Not Give Up Their Guns,” go here:
To Keep Or Not To Keep: Why Christians Should Not Give Up Their Guns
Avoid Supporting These Companies if You Value Your Gun Rights
Amazon Web Services
Amazon restricted user access to codeisfreespeech.com,, where users could access blueprints for making guns with a 3D printer.
Avis and Budget Car Rentals
Avis and Budget
ended its participation in the NRA rewards program in March 2018.
Bank of America
Bank of America said in April it would stop financing manufacturers that make military-inspired firearms for civilians, such as AR-15s.
“In 2009, [Buffalo Wild Wings] announced a blanket no-gun policy at all of its locations,”
Citi Bank told its retail business partners to prohibit the sale of firearms to customers younger than 21 and to those who have not passed a background check.
In 2014, Chipotle asked that customers not bring guns into its restaurants because “the display of firearms in our
restaurants has now created an environment that is potentially intimidating or uncomfortable for many of our customers.”
Craiglist’s user policy prohibits weapons; firearms/guns and components; BB/pellet, stun, and spear guns; etc., ammunition, clips, cartridges, reloading materials,
gunpowder, fireworks, and explosives.
Delta tweeted in February 2018 that it was ending the
NRA’s contract for discounted rates and “requesting that the NRA remove our information from their website.”
Sporting Goods/Field & Stream
The chain store enacted a new policy in 2018 that halted the sale of so-called
“assault-style weapons” in their Field & Stream stores. The company announced it would destroy all the weapons pulled from its shelves. Dick’s CEO has since announced sales are down, and they may have to close the Field & Stream line of stores.
Enterprise Holdings (Alamo, Enterprise, and National)
Enterprise ended its discount program with the NRA amid the #BoycottNRA movement of 2018.
prohibits ads that “promote the sale or use of weapons, ammunition, or explosives. This includes ads for weapon modification accessories.”
FedEx ended the discount it offered NRA members shipping firearms after Gays Against Guns staged protests.
Hertz ended its discount program with
the NRA amid pressure from gun control groups.
Instagram’s user policy says it prohibits buying or selling firearms.
Kroger owns Fred Meyer stores, which no longer sell firearms to people under the age of 21.
Strauss’s CEO announced in 2018 the iconic American denim company will be donating $1 million to Michael Bloomberg and gun control groups.
L.L. Bean no longer sells guns or ammo to people under the age of 21.
Reddit updated its policies to forbid “[soliciting] or [facilitating]” transactions involving firearms, including “gun sales, drug sales, prostitution, stolen goods, personal information, and counterfeit official documents.”
outdoor retailer said March 1  that it was halting future orders of some popular brands — including CamelBak
water carriers, Giro helmets and Camp Chef stoves — whose parent company, Vista Outdoor, also makes assault-style
rifles,” The Los Angeles Times reported.
Shopify changed its user policy to prohibit the sale of certain firearms and accessories. Retailers who use the platform say this move will likely cost them hundreds of thousands of dollars.
published an open letter in 2013 from its CEO asking patrons not to bring firearms into Starbucks stores or seating areas.
Target issued a statement in 2014 saying, “Bringing firearms to Target creates an environment that is at odds with
the family-friendly shopping and work experience we strive to create. Starting today we will also respectfully request that
guests not bring firearms to Target – even in communities where it is permitted by law.”
Toms announced it will use $5 million to advance universal background checks.
Twitter’s user policy says it “prohibits the promotion of weapons and weapon accessories globally.”
United has ended its partnership with the NRA.
Walmart raised the age for purchase of firearms and ammunition
from 18 to 21 years old and removed “online items resembling assault-style rifles.”
Wyndham Hotel Group
Wyndham ended its affiliation with the NRA amidst pressure from the gun control lobby.
curtailed content intending to sell firearms or provide instructions on firearm manufacturing.
Keep in mind…
Ryan Flugaur, Director of Federal Affairs at the National Association for Gun Rights, told Gunpowder Magazine
to keep in mind:
Sometimes anti-gun businesses can be tricky to identify
Sometimes corporate policy will
ban guns, other times only local franchise owners choose to ban them, not the company as a whole.
or local law will supersede corporate policy, placating a business or franchise owner as anti-gun even if they’re not.
Sometimes these legal restrictions or company decisions only apply to open carry, not concealed carry, or only apply
to restaurants (or portions thereof) that serve alcohol.
Corporate policies can be very different for employees
than they are for patrons.
So can storage in a car parked on company property or possession in a company’s
The holodomor was enabled by the initial confiscation of firearms... click on this text to see hidden history known as THE
HOLODOMOR (holodomor is Ukrainian for "murder by starvation"...
It has now been 12 months since gun owners in Australia
were forced by a new law to
640,381 personal firearms to be destroyed by our own government,
costing Australia taxpayers more than $500 million
The first year results are now in:
Australia-wide, homicides are up 6.2 percent,
Australia-wide, assaults are up 9.6 percent;
Australia-wide, armed robberies are up 44 percent (yes, 44 percent)!
In the state of Victoria..... lone, homicides with
firearms are now up 300 percent.
(Note that while the law-abiding
citizens turned them in, the criminals did not
and criminals still possess their guns!)
over the previous 25 years showed a steady
in armed robbery with firearms, this has changed drastically upward
in the past 12 months, since the criminals now are guaranteed that
their prey is unarmed.
There has also been a dramatic increase in break-ins and assaults of the elderly,
while the resident is at home.
Australian politicians are at a loss to explain how public
safety has decreased, after such monumental effort and expense
was expended in
'successfully ridding Australian society of guns....' You won't see this on the American
evening news or hear your governor
or members of the State Assembly disseminating this information.
The Australian experience speaks for itself.
Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control
laws affect only the law-abiding
citizens. Take note Americans, before it's too late!
Hitler and Gun Control
a speech, sometimes said to have been delivered in 1935, Hitler is supposed to have exclaimed: "This year will go down
in history! For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration! Our streets will be safer, our police more
efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future!"
This quote has been popular with Americans who defend the constitutional right to "keep and
bear arms." It's cited to discredit those who support restrictions on firearms ownership and use. It's also cited to
support the often-made charge that Hitler and his government curtailed gun ownership in Germany, and confiscated weapons
held by private citizens.
The truth is rather
different. When Hitler and his National Socialist Party took power in early 1933, they inherited a somewhat restrictive
firearms law that the liberal-democratic "Weimar" government had enacted five years earlier. In 1938 Hitler's government
revised the earlier law by loosening those restrictions, thereby enhancing the rights of Germans to own weapons. The most
thorough confiscation of firearms ever imposed on Germans was carried out at the end of the Second World War by the occupation
forces of the United States and other victorious Allied powers.
MYTH OF GUN CONTROL IN GERMANY,
by Dr. William L. Pierce
| A common belief among defenders of the Second Amendment
to the U.S. Constitution is that the National Socialist...
A common belief among defenders of the Second Amendment to the
U.S. Constitution is that the National Socialist government of Germany under Adolf Hitler did not permit the private ownership
of firearms. Totalitarian governments, they have been taught in their high school civics classes, do not trust their citizens
and do not dare permit them to keep firearms. Thus, one often hears the statement, “You know, the first thing the
Nazis did when they came to power was outlaw firearms,” or, “The first thing Hitler did in Germany was round
up all the guns.”
One can understand why many American gun owners want to believe this. They see in the current effort of their own
government to take away their right to keep and bear arms a limitation of an essential element of their freedom and a move
toward tyranny, and they want to characterize the gun-grabbers in the most negative way they can. Adolf Hitler has been
vilified continuously for the past 60 years or so by the mass media in America, and certainly no politician or officeholder
wants to be compared with him. If the gun-confiscation effort can be portrayed convincingly as something of which Hitler
would have approved, it will have been effectively tarred.
This identification of
the inclination to deny citizens the right to keep and bear arms with National Socialism and Adolf Hitler has been strengthened
recently by clever magazine advertisements which show Hitler with his arm outstretched in a Roman salute under a heading:
“All in favor of gun control raise your right hand.” A Jewish group, Jews for the Preservation
of Firearms Ownership (JPFO), quite noisy for its size, has been especially zealous in promoting the idea that the current
gun-control effort in America has its roots in Germany during the Hitler period. This group has gone so far as to claim
in several articles published in popular magazines read by firearms enthusiasts that the current restrictive legislation
being proposed by the U.S. government is modeled on a gun-control statute enacted by Germany’s National Socialist
government: the German Weapons Law (Waffengesetz) of March 18, 1938.
Again, one can understand the motivation of the JPFO. Many non-Jewish
firearms owners are well aware that the movement to restrict their rights is led and promoted primarily by Jews, and anti-Jewish
feeling has been growing among them. They know that the controlled news media, which are almost unanimously in favor of
abridging or abolishing the Second Amendment, are very much under the influence of Jews, and they know that the most vocal
anti-gun legislators in the Congress also are Jews. It is natural for a group such as the JPFO to mount a damage- control
effort and attempt to prevent anti-Jewish feeling from becoming even stronger among gun owners. Their strategy is to deflect
the blame from their kinsmen in the media and the government and direct it onto their most hated enemies, the National Socialists
— or at least to create enough smoke to obscure the facts and keep the gun-owning public confused.
Unfortunately for those who would like to link
Hitler and the National Socialists with gun control, the entire premise for such an effort is false. German firearms legislation
under Hitler, far from banning private ownership, actually facilitated the keeping and bearing of arms by German citizens
by eliminating or ameliorating restrictive laws which had been enacted by the government preceding his: a left-center government
which had contained a number of Jews.
It is not just that the National Socialist firearms legislation was the opposite of what it
has been claimed to have been by persons who want to tar modern gun-grabbers with the “Nazi” brush: the whole
spirit of Hitler’s government was starkly different from its portrayal by America’s mass media. The facts, in
brief, are these:
National Socialist government of Germany, unlike the government in Washington today, did not fear its citizens. Adolf Hitler
was the most popular leader Germany has ever had. Unlike American presidents, he did not have to wear body armor and have
shields of bulletproof glass in front of him whenever he spoke in public. At public celebrations he rode standing in an
open car as it moved slowly through cheering crowds. Communists made several attempts to assassinate him, and his government
stamped down hard on communism, virtually wiping it out in Germany. Between upright, law-abiding German citizens and Adolf
Hitler, however, there was a real love affair, with mutual trust and respect.
- The spirit of National Socialism was one of manliness, and individual self-defense and self- reliance were central
to the National Socialist view of the way a citizen should behave. The notion of banning firearms ownership was utterly
alien to National Socialism. In the German universities, where National Socialism gained its earliest footholds and which
later became its strongest bastions, dueling was an accepted practice. Although the liberal-Jewish governments in Germany
after the First World War attempted to ban dueling, it persisted illegally until it was again legalized by the National
Socialists. Fencing, target shooting, and other martial arts were immensely popular in Germany, and the National Socialists
encouraged young Germans to become proficient in these activities, believing that they were important for the development
of a man’s character.
- Gun registration and licensing
(for long guns as well as for handguns) were legislated by an anti-National Socialist government in Germany in 1928, five
years before the National Socialists gained power. Hitler became Chancellor on January 30, 1933. Five years later his government
got around to rewriting the gun law enacted a decade earlier by his predecessors, substantially amel ior a ting it in the
process (for example, long guns were exempted from the requirement for a purchase permit; the legal age for gun ownership
was lowered from 20 to 18 years; the period of validity of a permit to carry weapons was extended from one to three years;
and provisions restricting the amount of ammunition or the number of firearms an individual could own were dropped). Hitler’s
government may be criticized for leaving certain restrictions and licensing requirements in the law, but the National Socialists
had no intention of preventing law-abiding Germans from keeping or bearing arms. Again, the firearms law enacted by Hitler’s
government enhanced the rights of Germans to keep and bear arms; no new restrictions were added, and many pre-existing restrictions
were relaxed or eliminated.
- At the end of the Second World
War, American GIs in the occupying force were astounded to discover how many German civilians owned private firearms. Tens
of thousands of pistols looted from German homes by GIs were brought back to the United States after the war. In 1945 General
Eisenhower ordered all privately owned firearms in the American occupation zone of Germany confiscated, and Germans were
required to hand in their shotguns and rifles as well as any handguns which had not already been stolen. In the Soviet occupation
zone German civilians were summarily shot if they were found in possession of even a single cartridge.
Jews, it should be noted, were
not Germans, even if they had been born in Germany. The National Socialists defined citizenship in ethnic terms, and under
Hitler Jews were not accorded full rights of citizenship. National Socialist legislation progressively excluded Jews from
key professions: teaching, the media, the practice of law, etc. The aim was not only to free German life from an oppressive
and degenerative Jewish influence, but to persuade Jews to emigrate. The German Weapons Law of March 18, 1938, specifically
excluded Jews from manufacturing or dealing in firearms or munitions, but it did not exclude them from owning or bearing
personal firearms. The exclusion of Jews from the firearms business rankled them as much as any other exclusion, and in
their typically ethnocentric fashion they have misrepresented the law involved as an anti-gun law in an effort to cast their
enemies in a bad light.
It should be noted in passing that the restrictions
placed on Jews by the National Socialists had the intended effect: between 1933 and 1939 two-thirds of the Jews residing
in Germany emigrated, reducing the Jewish population of the country from 600,000 when Hitler became Chancellor in 1933 to
200,000 at the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939. Jews in the United States, looking at this period from their own
narrowly focused viewpoint, have described these peacetime years of the National Socialist government as a time of darkness,
terror, and regression, whereas for the German people it was a time of hope, joy, and spiritual and material renewal.
Much the same type
of distortion is seen in the portrayal of the United States in the early 1950s: the so-called “McCarthy Era.”
Senator Joseph McCarthy (Republican, Wisconsin) used his position as chairman of the Senate’s Government Operations
Committee to expose the widespread communist infiltration of the U.S. government and other U.S. institutions which had taken
place during the Second World War. A substantial majority of the communists who were dragged reluctantly out into the light
of day by his efforts were Jews. As a result, the controlled media always have portrayed the period as one of terror and
repression, when everyone was frightened of Senator McCarthy’s “witch-hunt.” Of course, it was nothing
of the sort to non-Jewish Americans, who were not intimidated in the least. History viewed through a Jewish lens —
i.e., through media controlled by Jews — always is distorted in a way corresponding to Jewish interests and concerns.
Both the German
Weapons Law of March 18, 1938, enacted by the National Socialists, and the Law on Firearms and Ammunition of April 12, 1928,
which was enacted by an anti-National Socialist government, are given below in full, first in facsimile and then in English
translation. A little background information first, however, may help the reader to understand their significance. After
Germany’s defeat in the First World War (a defeat in which Germany’s Jews played no small part, demoralizing
the home front with demonstrations and other subversive activity much as they did in America during the Vietnam war), the
Kaiser abdicated, and liberals and leftists seized control of the government in 1918. Hitler, recovering in a military hospital
from a British poison-gas attack which had blinded him temporarily, made the decision to go into politics and fight against
the traitors he felt were responsible for Germany’s distress.
The tendency of Germany’s new rulers after the First World War
was much the same as it is for the liberals in America today: they promoted cosmopolitanism, internationalism, and egalitarianism.
By 1923 economic conditions in Germany had become catastrophic, and there was much public unrest. The communists had made
major inroads into the labor movement and were a growing threat to the country.
Hitler had indeed gone into politics, and his
National Socialists battled the communists in the streets of Germany’s cities and gradually came to be seen by many
patriotic Germans in the working class and the middle class as the only force which could save Germany from a communist
takeover and total ruin. Hitler’s National Socialists continued to win recruits and gain strength during the 1920s.
The communists, with aid from the Soviet Union, also continued to grow. The political situation became increasingly unstable
as the government lost popular support.
The government’s response was to substantially tighten up restrictions on the rights
of German citizens to keep and bear arms. The Law on Firearms and Ammunition of April 12, 1928, was the most substantial
effort in this regard. This law was enacted by a left-center government hostile to the National Socialists (the government
was headed by Chancellor Wilhelm Marx and consisted of a coalition of Socialists, including many Jews, and Catholic Centrists).
Five years later,
in 1933, the National Socialists were in power, Hitler headed the government, and the communist threat was crushed decisively.
The National Socialists began undoing the social and economic damage done by their predecessors. Germany was restored to
full employment, degeneracy and corruption were rooted out, Jews and their collaborators were removed from one facet of
national life after another, and the German people entered a new era of national freedom, health, and prosperity.
Finally, in 1938,
the National Socialist government got around to enacting a new firearms law to replace the one enacted by their opponents
ten years earlier. The highlights of the 1938 law, especially as it applied to ordinary citizens rather than manufacturers
or dealers, follow:
Handguns may be purchased only on submission of a Weapons Acquisition Permit (Waffenerwerbschein),
which must be used within one year from the date of issue. Muzzle- loading handguns are exempted from the permit requirement.
[The 1928 law had required a permit for the purchase of long guns as well, but the National Socialists dropped this requirement.]
Holders of a permit to carry weapons (Waffenschein) or of a hunting license do not need a Weapons Acquisition
Permit in order to acquire a handgun. A hunting license authorizes its bearer
to carry hunting weapons and handguns. Firearms and ammunition, as well as swords
and knives, may not be sold to minors under the age of 18 years. [The age limit had been 20 years in the 1928 law.]
Whoever carries a firearm outside of his dwelling, his place of employment, his place of business, or
his fenced property must have on his person a Weapons Permit (Waffenschein). A permit is not required, however, for carrying
a firearm for use at a police-approved shooting range. A permit to acquire
a handgun or to carry firearms may only be issued to persons whose trustworthiness is not in question and who can show a
need for a permit. In particular, a permit may not be issued to:
manufacture, sale, carrying, possession, and import of the following are prohibited:
under the age of 18 years;
- legally incompetent or mentally
- Gypsies or vagabonds;
- persons under mandatory police supervision [i.e., on parole] or otherwise temporarily
without civil rights;
- persons convicted of treason or high
treason or known to be engaged in activities hostile to the state;
- persons who for assault, trespass, a breach of the peace, resistance to authority, a criminal offense or misdemeanor,
or a hunting or fishing violation were legally sentenced to a term of imprisonment of more than two weeks, if three years
have not passed since the term of imprisonment.
- “trick” firearms, designed so as to conceal their function (e.g., cane guns and belt-buckle pistols);
- any firearm equipped with a silencer and any rifle equipped with a spotlight;
- cartridges with .22 caliber, hollow-point bullets.
That is the essence. Numerous other provisions of the law relate to firearms manufacturers,
importers, and dealers; to acquisition and carrying of firearms by police, military, and other official personnel; to the
maximum fees which can be charged for permits (3 Reichsmark); to tourists bringing firearms into Germany; and to the fines
and other penalties to be levied for violations.
The requirements of “trustworthiness”
and of proof of need when obtaining a permit are troubling, but it should be noted that they were simply carried over from
the 1928 law: they were not formulated by the National Socialists. Under the National Socialists these requirements were
interpreted liberally: a person who did not fall into one of the prohibited categories listed above was considered trustworthy,
and a statement such as, “I often carry sums of money,” was accepted as proof of need.
The prohibitions of spotlight-equipped rifles and hollow-point .22 caliber ammunition were based on considerations
that the former were unsporting when used for hunting, and the latter were inhumane.
read the German firearms laws for yourself, either in the original German exactly as they were published by the German government
in the Reichsgesetzblatt or in the complete English translations which are provided here. If you want to skip over most
of the legal gobbledygook and go directly to the most pertinent part of the National Socialist Firearms Law — the
part pertaining to the purchase, ownership, and carrying of firearms by private citizens — turn to page 35 (Part IV
of the Law). Note, as already mentioned above, that two separate and distinct types of permits are referred to: a Weapons
Acquisition Permit (Waffenerwerbschein), required only for purchasing a handgun; and a Weapons Permit (Waffenschein), required
for carrying any firearm in public. Interestingly enough, as also mentioned above, a hunting license could take the place
of both these permits.
When you have read the two laws mentioned here, you will
understand that it was Hitler’s enemies, not Hitler, who should be compared with the gun-control advocates in America
today. Then as now it was the Jews, not the National Socialists, who wanted the people’s right of self- defense restricted.
You will understand that those who continue to make the claim that Hitler was a gun-grabber are either ignorant or dishonest.
And you will understand that it was not until 1945, when the communist and democratic victors of the Second World War had
installed occupation governments to rule over the conquered Germans that German citizens were finally and completely denied
the right to armed self-defense.
Federal gun control legislation has been written, introduced, and sponsored by Jewish Congressmen and Jewish Senators.
U.S. Federal Gun Control Legislation, 1968 – present
1968: The Gun Control Act of 1968 comes from Congressman Emanuel Celler’s House
bill H.R.17735. It expands legislation already attempted by the non-Jewish Senator Thomas Dodd. America’s
biggest and most far-reaching gun law came from a Jew.
Senator Howard Metzenbaum sponsors Senate bill S.1523. It proposes legislation turning every
violation of the Gun Control Act of 1968 into a RICO predicate offense, allowing a gun owner to be charged with
federal racketeering offenses.
1988: Senator Howard Metzenbaum
co-sponsors a bill – S.2180 – to ban, or limit/restrict, so-called “plastic guns.”
1990: Senator Herbert Kohl introduces bill S.2070, the Gun-Free School Zones
Act of 1990, which bans gun possession in a school zone. The law will later be struck down in court as unconstitutional.
1993: Senator Howard Metzenbaum sponsors Senate bill S.653. It bans specific
semiautomatic rifles, but also gives the Secretary of the Treasury the power to add any semiautomatic firearm to
the list at a later date.
February, 1994: The Brady Law, which requires
waiting periods to buy handguns, becomes effective. Senator Howard Metzenbaum wrote the Brady Bill.
Senator Metzenbaum sponsored the bill in the Senate. The sponsor of the bill in the House was
Congressman Charles Schumer.
1994: Senator Howard
Metzenbaum introduces S.1878, the Gun Violence Prevention Act of 1994, aka “Brady II.” Congressman
Charles Schumer sponsored “Brady II” sister legislation [H.R. 1321] in the U.S. House of Representatives.
September, 1994: The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 goes into effect,
including a provision that bans the manufacture and possession of semiautomatic rifles described as “assault
weapons.” [Note: true assault weapons are fully automatic, not semiautomatic]. That gun-ban provision was
authored in the Senate by Senator Dianne Feinstein and authored in the House by Congressman
1995: Senators Kohl, Specter, Feinstein,
Lautenberg and others introduce the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1995, an amended version of the 1990
school-zone law which was struck down in court as being unconstitutional.
1996: The Lautenberg Domestic Confiscation provision becomes law. It is part of a larger omnibus
appropriations bill. It was sponsored by Senator Frank Lautenberg. It bans people convicted of
misdemeanor domestic violence from ever owning a gun.
1997: Senate bill S.54,
the Federal Gang Violence Act of 1997, proposes much harsher sentences for people violating minor gun laws, including
mandatory prison sentences and forfeiture of property. It was introduced by Senator Dianne Feinstein
and Senator Hatch, among others. It returns the idea of turning every violation of the Gun Control Act of 1968
into a RICO predicate offense.
January, 1999: Senator Barbara
Boxer introduces bill S.193, the American Handgun Standards Act of 1999.
January, 1999: Senator Herbert Kohl introduces bill S.149, the Child Safety Lock Act
of 1999. It would require a child safety lock in connection with transfer of a handgun.
February,1999: Senator Frank Lautenberg introduces bill S.407, the Stop Gun Trafficking
Act of 1999.
February, 1999: Senator Frank Lautenberg
introduces S.443, the Gun Show Accountability Act of 1999.
Senator Frank Lautenberg introduces bill S.560, the Gun Industry Accountability Act of 1999.
March, 1999: Senator Dianne Feinstein introduces bill S.594, the Large Capacity
Ammunition Magazine Import Ban Act of 1999.
May, 2000: Senators
Feinstein, Boxer, Lautenberg, and Schumer sponsor Senate bill S.2515, the Firearm Licensing and Record
of Sale Act of 2000. It is a plan for a national firearms licensing system.
2001: Senators Feinstein, Schumer, and Boxer sponsor Senate bill S.25, the Firearm Licensing
and Record of Sale Act of 2001. It is a nation-wide gun registration plan [apparently there were two versions
of that Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act bill].
May, 2003: Senators
Feinstein, Schumer, Boxer, and others introduce legislation that would reauthorize the 1994 federal assault
weapons ban, and, close a loophole in the law that allows large-capacity ammunition magazines to be imported into
the U.S. The ban expired in September, 2004.
October, 2003: Senators
Feinstein, Lautenberg, Levin, and Schumer co-sponsor bill S.1774, designed to stop the sunset [ending] of
the Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988.
March, 2005: Senator Frank
Lautenberg introduces bill S.645, “to reinstate the Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection
Act,” in other words, to reinstate the 1994 assault-rifle ban [also known as the “Violent Crime Control
and Law Enforcement Act of 1994”] which expired in late 2004.
2005: Senator Dianne Feinstein introduces bill S.620, “to reinstate the Public Safety and Recreational
Firearms Use Protection Act,” in other words, to reinstate the 1994 assault-rifle ban [also known as the
“Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994”] which expired in late 2004.
July, 2005: Senator Dianne Feinstein introduces bill S.A.1621 – Fifty-Caliber
Sniper Weapons. This amendment would convert all .50 BMG firearms to NFA weapons.
July, 2005: Senator Dianne Feinstein introduces bill S.A.1622 – Fifty-Caliber Exclusion
to S.397. This amendment would modify S.397 to allow suits when the firearm involved was a .50 caliber weapon.
July, 2005: Senator Barbara Boxer introduces bill S.A.1633 – BATFE Safety
Standards. This amendment allows law suits to continue/be brought if the product did not meet the safety standards
as defined by the BATFE.
July, 2005: Senator Barbara Boxer
introduces bill S.A.1634 – ‘Sporting Use’ on Domestic Handguns. Applying ’sporting use’
clause requirements to domestic handguns could, almost completely, dry up the handgun availability in the United
Bearing Arms: A Fundamental Necessity
By Chuck Baldwin
November 1, 2018
As I have said repeatedly, it is a fundamental necessity that the American people
keep and bear arms. And bearing arms means carrying a firearm with you wherever you go. America’s most recent mass
shooting serves as another exclamation point behind that statement.
Furthermore, as an author, columnist,
radio talk show host and pastor who is outspoken in my support of the Second Amendment, I often receive inquiries from people
asking for my personal preferences regarding firearms. This column is devoted to answering those inquiries.
sure this column will not provide anything new for the firearms aficionados out there. However, we are living in a violence-prone
society, and more and more people (especially ladies) who never paid much attention to guns before are sensing the need
to arm themselves but often don’t know where to start. I hope this column helps these folks.
there are many Christians reading this column who have been brainwashed by preachers who promote the idea that they don’t
need to own a gun, because, they say, God doesn’t intend for us to defend ourselves. I trust this column will cause
these folks to at least study this issue for themselves.
First, let me emphasize that I am NOT a firearms
expert. And I strongly urge you to receive as much instruction and training from a firearms professional as possible. Second,
when it comes to a discussion of which firearms are preferable, the suggestions are as varied as the people who proffer
them. This column contains my preferences regarding revolvers and semi-automatic pistols; rimfire rifles; centerfire hunting
rifles; centerfire semi-automatic sporting rifles; and shotguns.
Most people who are armed nowadays
are carrying concealed. Disgustingly, many states do not allow people to legally carry open. Fortunately, that is not true
here in Montana where I live, and I often carry open—as do many people in this great State. However, most of the time,
I am carrying concealed, as I think it better that the bad guy not know who among his intended victims is able to shoot
back. If you are planning to carry a concealed firearm, you will need to carefully consider the kind of clothing you are
wearing and how the firearm will fit in with your attire. For most people, concealed carry requires firearms that are—to
one degree or another—somewhat diminutive.
My personal preference for a self-defense handgun
is a Glock pistol. Glock pistols are as simple as revolvers to operate, reliable and almost indestructible. Plus, they provide
increased magazine capacity and are safe. They are also very easy to disassemble and clean. And most importantly, they go
"bang" when you pull the trigger. Some ladies might find the Glock grips to be a little bulky for their hands—except
for the Glock 42 and 43, which most ladies should find quite comfortable. But most women should be able to safely
and confidently shoot the majority of Glock 9mm pistols.
Favorite options in Glock pistols include the Glock
42 in .380 ACP; Glock 17, 19, 26 and 43 in 9mm Luger (also called 9mm Parabellum or 9x19); the Glock 22, 23 and 27 in .40
Smith & Wesson; the Glock 21, 30 (and 30S) and 36 in .45 ACP; and the Glock 20 and 29 in 10mm Auto.
I am carrying concealed, I’m usually carrying the Glock 19.
The 1911 .45 ACP (I prefer Colt,
Kimber or Springfield Armory) has been proven to be an extremely effective self-defense sidearm for over a century. But
I don't recommend the 1911 for beginners.
My wife prefers to carry a Smith & Wesson .38
Special revolver in the snub-nose, J-frame configuration. This is primarily due to the reduced weight and size of these
weapons for carry purposes. Plus, she just prefers a revolver over a semi-auto. And, yes, I sometimes carry a J-frame as
J-frames generally have a poor reputation for accuracy due to their very short barrel.
And the reduced 5-shot capacity (for most J-frames) turns off some people. However, 70% of self-defense fights take place at a distance of 2 yards. As such, J-frames are very adequate for the task. In addition, most self-defense fights are settled with 3 shots being
fired, so, statistically speaking, 5 shots are normally enough to defend oneself.
I prefer the .38 Special revolver
to the .380 ACP semi-automatic pistol. Modern .380s are very concealable, however, and for that reason, I sometimes carry
a .380 Glock 42 as a backup. My main complaint with the Glock 42 is it has a stiff trigger pull—around
9 pounds—whereas, most Glock pistols have a standard 5.5 pound trigger pull. I have found that a lighter trigger pull
makes accuracy much easier (which is one reason many people prefer the single-action 1911). When I do carry a J-frame revolver,
it is usually a Smith & Wesson 340 M&P or a Ruger LCR, which are built for the .357 Magnum and .38 Special cartridges.
And when carrying the J-frame, I’m usually loaded with .38s. The .38 Special and 9mm Luger are comparable in power.
honestly, the best J-frame on the market these days might be the Kimber K6s. The trigger is sweet (like Smith & Wesson
triggers used to be), and it holds 6 rounds instead of 5. The K6s is an all-steel revolver and is, therefore, a little heavier
than most J-frames (23 ounces empty). But the extra weight of the K6s makes shooting the .357 magnum round more comfortable
than the lighter weight versions. And shooting the .38 round in the K6s is downright pleasant.
yes, for some people, a revolver might still be the preferred handgun. It has no external magazine to worry about losing;
it is very dependable and reliable; it is easy to clean; and it is simple to operate. NYPD expert Frank McGee says the typical police gunfight conforms to a “rule of three”: 3 rounds, 3 yards, and
3 seconds. So in most real-life situations, the increased firepower of a high-capacity magazine doesn't even come into play.
of course, in today’s violent environment, the risk of facing multiple assailants or a heavily armed would-be mass
shooter is always possible. In such a situation, a Glock 19 or 17 that has increased magazine capacity would be much preferred, which
is why I'm usually carrying one. (Ruger, Smith & Wesson and Springfield, along with others, are also options.)
dangerous game territory, you will need the power of a 10mm Auto, .357 Magnum, .44 Special, .44 Magnum, .45 ACP, .45 Long
Colt or even a .454 Casull. These calibers are not for the limp-wristed, but when one is facing a Brown Bear, it is what
one will need to survive. Plus, when your life's on the line, you’ll never feel the recoil. But, truthfully,
I would hate to face a Brown Bear (includes the Grizzly and Kodiak) with a handgun of any caliber. These creatures are the
fiercest and most formidable animals on the North American Continent (along with the Polar Bear, of course). Against a Brown
Bear, I would hope I had a big game rifle or shotgun handy.
I live in Brown Bear country, of course, and when
I'm in the woods hiking or hunting, I'm either carrying a Glock 20 in 10mm Auto, a Smith & Wesson 686 in .357 Magnum,
a Kimber K6s in .357 Magnum or a Smith & Wesson 629 in .44 Magnum. To be honest, the 629 and 686 get heavy after a few
hours in the woods, which is why I usually carry the Glock 20 (the K6s carries very comfortably also, and I often carry this
revolver as a backup). Plus, I feel better with 15 rounds of 10mm Auto than with 6 rounds of .357 or .44 Magnum. But I hope
and pray I never have to test my theory for real. In a real encounter, you can bet that my rifle or shotgun would be my
first choice, and my handgun (whichever one it is) would be the very last choice. (But I spoke with a man recently who,
sadly, has had to kill several Grizzlies in his line of work, and he swears by the .357 Magnum. So there you go.)
a .22 LR rifle (which is great for hunting small game), I prefer the Ruger 10/22 semi-auto. A Marlin model 60 tube-fed .22
LR is also very effective. The CZ model 455 bolt-action rifle just might be the most accurate factory .22 LR on the market.
And I absolutely love my Remington American bolt-action rifle in .22 WMR. My all-time favorite .22 rifle is a Remington
Nylon 66 in Mohawk Brown (which hasn't been manufactured in a long, long time). But that's because of sentimentality: It
was my very first rifle. My dad gave one to me on my 12th birthday, and over the next several years, I fired over 50,000
rounds through it. I finally sold it (which I have regretted to this very day). But I found one in like-new condition (believe
it or not) at a Montana gun show recently, and having a Nylon 66 in my possession again brings me great delight. But from
a practical standpoint, I believe the Ruger 10/22 stands alone at the top of the heap.
For a big game hunting rifle,
my suggestion is either a .270 Winchester or .30-06 Springfield bolt-action rifle or a .30-30 Winchester or .45-70 Government
lever-action rifle. (Here in Montana, the .300 Winchester Magnum is a very popular caliber.) The 30-06 Springfield is doubtless
the most versatile rifle caliber on the market. However, I usually hunt with a .270. It’s plenty powerful
enough for deer, elk or black bear. And, frankly, I just love shooting this low recoil, flat shooting, extremely accurate
caliber. I prefer the Remington Model 700 BDL, but there are several fine rifles in this configuration by numerous manufacturers.
For a semiautomatic rifle, I suggest an AR-15 or Ruger Mini-14 in 5.56 NATO (they also fire the .223 Remington
cartridge) or a Springfield M1A or AR-10 in .308 Winchester. My personal choice here is the AR-15. Daniel Defense makes
some of the best AR rifles in the world, but they are quite pricey. Other good AR brands include Armalite, Bushmaster, Colt,
Ruger, Smith & Wesson, Windham Weaponry and several others. Most ladies will find that the low recoil of an AR-15 or
Mini-14 will make the rifle very pleasant to shoot. No home should be without one of these rifles.
a shotgun, a 12-gauge in any configuration is the premier close-range weapon. Nothing equals it. In a pump shotgun, I prefer
a Winchester Model 1300, which is not made anymore. So, you’ll probably have to choose between Mossberg and Remington.
In the semi-auto configuration, I prefer Mossberg shotguns. And don’t discount 20-gauge shotguns. The 20-gauge has
less recoil than a 12-gauge, and at “bad breath” range (where a shotgun shines anyway), the 20-gauge is just
as lethal as a 12-gauge. And for home defense, do not overlook the double barrel shotgun. And while I often use a .410 gauge
shotgun for small game, I do not recommend it for self-defense.
It is also critical that no
matter which firearm you decide to purchase to be sure and practice with it. The firearm you purchase is no better or worse
than your ability to handle it. And be sure to stock up on ammunition. A gun without ammo is reduced to being either an expensive
club or a cumbersome paperweight.
Go to your local independent sporting goods or gun store
(I don’t recommend the large national chain stores to do your firearms shopping), and get to know your hometown firearms
dealer. Most of these people are kind and helpful folks who will be more than happy to assist you in finding exactly what
type of firearm is suitable for you and your family.
And always be sure to follow all of the safety
rules for your firearm. The last thing any of us wants is an accidental discharge of a firearm that results in the injury
or death of a loved one or friend. So, always remember that safety is job one. And rule number one is NEVER point a gun
at anyone unless you are doing so in an act of self-defense. And rule number two is ALWAYS assume that a gun is loaded, which
takes you back to rule number one. Plus, guns should always be kept away from children before they have been properly taught
how to safely handle a firearm—which should be done as soon as possible.
I realize that there are many
pastors and Christians who try to impugn the necessity—much less the desire—to own a firearm. These people are
famous for saying things such as “God will take care of you; no one needs a gun.” Of course, these same people
quickly embrace the idea that police officers should carry guns for self-defense. I never understood why it is that Christians
who are not policemen are supposed to “trust God” to take care of them and not arm themselves, but Christian
police officers are somehow exempt from this same spiritual notion.
Beyond that, many pastors teach
that Christians are obligated to obey civil authorities who demand that we surrender our firearms. They even try and quote
Scriptures to prove this preposterous position.
For these reasons, my constitutional attorney son
and I collaborated on a book that takes the Scriptures (Old and New Testaments) to prove that self-defense is not just a
right under our Constitution; it is a moral obligation given us by our Creator. In the book, we show that Christians who
are unwilling to defend themselves, their families and their communities have actually denied the Christian faith. We show
that the Bible nowhere teaches God’s people to remain defenseless or to surrender their means of self-defense to any
In the book, we examine the Scriptures that the “no gun” preachers
use to support their lunacy and show how unbiblical these positions are. We go through both Testaments and show that our
Creator has given us the obligation to defend the life He has given us. We also put to rest many of the distortions of Scripture
that anti-gun preachers use to turn Christian men and women—who are created to be providers and protectors—into
sheepish slaves of the state and helpless prey for human predators.
Yes, keeping and bearing arms
is a spiritual DUTY. Defending oneself or family is as spiritual as praying or reading the Bible or any other spiritual
The title of our book is To Keep or Not To Keep: Why Christians Should Not
Give Up Their Guns. Order it here:
To Keep Or Not To Keep: Why Christians Should Not Give Up Their Guns
It is not only important to be armed; it is even more important to understand the moral
and spiritual underpinnings of WHY we should be armed. And that is exactly what our book attempts to explain.
you are challenged by this column, I encourage you to highlight what resonates with you, and then take these suggestions
to your local independent firearms dealer who can further explain the various nuances of what to look for in a gun for your
unique and individual needs. When you do, you might find that his preferences differ from mine. But basics are basics, and
at least you have my suggestions as a starting point. And remember, there is no one gun that is perfect for everyone. Get
the gun that is right for YOU. In a self-defense situation, any gun is better than no gun. The Boy Scouts motto is good
advice: “Be Prepared.” Plus, much more important than the type of firearm and caliber you choose is shot placement
(accuracy). And that only comes with practice. So, find a gun that suits you and practice with it.
if you are one of those people who just don’t “like” guns, when you become familiar with firearms and
actually begin shooting under the supervision of a knowledgeable instructor, you might find yourself really enjoying it.
But even if you don’t, there are many things we adults do that we don’t enjoy doing, but we do them because we
know it is the prudent and responsible thing to do. I would put the proficient use of a firearm in that category.
(and safe) shooting.
© Chuck Baldwin