Wednesday, May 21, 2003

So now it's official:

Iraqi citizens will be required to turn over automatic weapons and heavy weapons under a proclamation that allied authorities plan to issue this week, allied officials said today. ...

Iraqis who refuse to comply with the edict will be subject to arrest. Only Iraqis authorized to use military-type weapons because of their police or military duties will be exempt.

So, I wonder how long it's going to take the gun activists to trot out their favorite quote from Adolf Hitler, which they gleefully trot out against proposals at home for even gun registration, with no restrictions on ownership (which is a prelude to confiscation, dontch'a know):

The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing. Indeed, I would go so far as to say that the supply of arms to the underdogs is a sine qua non for the overthrow of any sovereignty.

Over to you, Instapundit...

For what it's worth, Hitler goes on to say that unlike the American occupation forces, he doesn't want any armed native police force either. But that's not good enough for the gun activists, who insist on an armed civilian population as the sole guarantor of civil rights, which is precisely what the American occupation forces in Iraq are trying to stamp out...

Update:Well, so far as I can tell, he's posted nothing yet...

Update:Well, it took him three days. It seems he favor's Hitler's policy for dealing with conquered nations -- an unfair shot to be sure, but no more so than his parting shot at gun-control advocates.


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