by Bill Zettler
Why Gun Rights Save Lives
by Bill Zettler
If, in 1935, six million European Jews had six million guns, would there have been six million dead Jews in 1945?
The answer, obviously, is "no." Maybe there would have been 100,000 dead Jews, maybe a million (and probably a like number of dead Nazis), but certainly not six million. And, eventually, the Germans would have made an accommodation with the Jews and millions of lives would have been saved; millions saved simply by adding the-right-to-bear-arms to the political equation.
In fact, tens of millions of other lives might have been saved because an armed Jewry may have made the Germans think twice about their concept of Aryan superiority before attacking the rest of Europe, thus possibly saving the lives of 20 million Soviets and eight million Poles, not to mention five million Germans.
The value of an armed citizenry in saving lives is further provided by Israel where, from 1947 to the present, six million armed Israelis have staved off the predations of 150 million Muslims hankering for their destruction. Is there any doubt that eventually an accommodation between Jews and Muslims in the Middle East will be reached? Is there any doubt that an unarmed Israel would have resulted in another six million dead Jews?
Instead of six million dead unarmed Jews at the hands of 150 million armed Muslims, we have only 140,000 dead (Jews and Arabs) since 1947 just because the minority was armed. The fact is guns have saved millions of lives in the Middle East...Jew, Christian and Arab.
If you look at the recent history of the slaughter of innocent unarmed citizens, one may wonder why the United Nations (UN) does not encourage arming the citizenry worldwide.
Darfur, Rwanda, Cambodia, Ethiopia...the list seems endless. Perhaps if rich nations and wealthy UN bureaucrats had provided guns, instead of hand-wringing and too-late policing, millions would have been saved. But no, we sat, met, discussed and threatened sanctions while innocents died mercilessly, their hacked and bleeding bodies bloating in the sun. These innocent victims deserved a Second Amendment and a gun, but they had neither.
You will notice, in every case referenced above, it was the government in power at the time that did the killing. German Nazis were sent to kill Jews and Poles, ruling Sudanese Muslims sent Mongol-like mounted Janjaweed to kill starving Darfuran women and children, armed Khmer Rouge Communists sent millions to their death in the killing fields. In every case, the killers were representatives of the state and had guns, while the innocent did not.
As Heinrich Himmler said in 1936, “Ordinary citizens don't need guns, as their having guns doesn't serve the State." I would re-phrase that quote to read, “Ordinary citizens need guns, as their having guns does assure the state will exist to serve the citizenry.” Remember, in America we do not exist to serve the state, the state exists to serve us.
So, examples of the power, morality and compassion of the Second Amendment are all around us. We are the fortunate ones. We have the right to bear arms. Pity those who do not have that right.
Although no one expects tyranny to reign in America anytime soon, is it not easier to imagine tyranny at some point in the future, than to imagine infinity without it?