After this community college shooting in Oregon.....I watched for the hundredth time.....another big mention over the Nazi effort for gun control and how they disarmed the general public in Germany. Frankly, I'm tired of the bogus story and how no historians ever stand up to correct the story. The pro-gun guys always like to slam down the anti-gun guys by linking the Nazis to controlling guns. It's all bogus.
At the closure of WW I.....defeat occurred and German troops in mass droves...packed and went home. They went by rail, by horse and wagon, or just walked home. There was no real thought to the soldier and his weapons. So, virtually all of the German army participants walked home with their guns.
As the defeat had transformed the nation into a very weak democratic structure (no Kaiser).....over the next two or three years, there's one continual worry or threat. Everyone views Russia and they now sit in Germany to worry about communist revolution coming to the fatherland. Naturally, all these troops sitting back in their hometown.....with guns....is a big issue.
So, there's one massive push to establish gun control in Germany in the early 1920s (a dozen years before Hitler and the Nazis).
Basically, while no numbers or real statistics exist.....the general belief by those who've reviewed the period....is that this first original effort to control guns in Germany was a failure.
Roughly six years go by and the same democratic structure....still unaffected by Hitler or the Nazis....come back for a second chance to try more gun control because there's still massive fear of a communist revolution. This episode might have been considered mildly effective at best.
So as 1932 rolls around and there's still this massive fear from the general public and the political apparatus of Germany.....the Nationalist Socialists are brought into power (37-percent of the vote, if you were curious.....meaning that almost 63-percent voted against the party).
The Nazis did enact one or two measures that are gun-control situations....mostly to require gunsmiths to keep records of repair and serial numbers of the guns inspected or fixed. They didn't have to do much because the Democratic apparatus had already put major measures into effect.
If you stood back and looked at matters.....Germans feared the most out of the communist revolution coming and how guns might play a role in a successful revolution. Americans might agree.....runs do add to the success rate of a revolution.....if in the hands of the 'good'. This might bring up a totally separate topic for discussion.....but it's the simple truth of the matter.