Excerpts from the first chapter of the book I just received in the mail today. Apologies for any typos; I transcribed this quickly.

Chapter 1: Why Armed Resistance?

The Biggest Killer

War was not the Twentieth Century’s biggest killer. Tyranny was. The contest wasn’t even close. Hard to believe? Look at the numbers.

Comparing the death toll

Professor Rudolph J. Rummel, of the Political Science Department, University of Hawaii, has made an extensive study of both wartime and peacetime deaths by government action during the Twentieth Century. His findings are summarized in the following table.

Persons Killed In The Twentieth Century, By Cause
Cause Total (Millions) Average per 100,000 Population
Government Non-War (all)






Other non-free



Partially free






War (all)









“Government” killings include those persons killed by government officials, or with government acquiescence in the killing by others. Those categorized as government killings in the table specifically exclude execution for criminal acts (murder, rape, spying treason, kidnapping, etc.). The government killings counted in the table also do not include those killed by police in riots or other conflict events, nor those killed in bombing of urban targets or through enemy siege or embargo. That is, those counted as government killings include only official terror, pogroms, genocide, and similar actions.

Professor Rummel’s data are complete only up to 1990. The figures quoted in the table do not include war deaths in the former Yugoslavia, in Afghanistan and Iraq. Nor do they include the non-war but government-inspired massacres in Rwanda and in certain of the successor states of the former Soviet Union. Adding these numbers in, however, would not change the overall picture significantly.

While the figures in the table cannot be precise, especially for peacetime deaths in totalitarian countries, the results are so clear-cut that any likely errors do not change the overall picture. Deaths at the hands of governments, in peacetime, totaled over three times as many as all war deaths in the same period. Moreover, the peacetime deaths presented in the table may be underestimates. For instance, Professor Rummel utilized the best figures available in the 1980s regarding deaths through government terror in Communist China, which came to about 60 million. More recent information indicates the toll may have been as many as 80 million. Hence the disparity between deaths through war and deaths through peacetime government action may be even greater than it appears from the table.

Gun Control and Genocide

But how were tyrannical governments able to carry out such massive killings? After all, government officials are always a tiny minority of the population. How were these officials able to kill many times their own number? Jay Simkin, Aaron Zelman and Alan M. Rice, writing for Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership, offer a very simple answer: the victims were disarmed first. In their study, Mr. Simkin and his fellow researchers have specifically investigated the most significant cases of genocide since 1900, and determined the then-existing laws regarding ownership of firearms. A brief summary of their findings is as follows.


The Turkish massacre of Armenians from 1915 – 1917, which results in some 1,150,000 deaths, was preceded by a gun control law imposed in 1911. …

Soviet Union

The Bolsheviks imposed their first gun control laws in 1918, during the civil war. In August of 1918, a law was passed requiring registration of all firearms, ammunition, and sabres. Of course, gun registration is always followed by gun confiscation. The only reason for a government to register the firearms of honest people is to know where they are, so they can be confiscated later. The other shoe fell in October 1918, when the registration certificates were revoked and ownership of firearms banned. In 1922 the various gun control laws of the civil war era were incorporated into the Criminal Code. Unauthorized possession of a firearm was punishable by hard labor. By 1929, when Stalin began his various genocidal campaigns, the population was completely disarmed. Only the police and the army had any weapons. According to Professor Rummel, over fifty million people were killed in the resulting genocide. This number doesn’t include those deported from the nations of Eastern Europe to Siberia after the Soviet occupation of those countries. At least 1.2 million Poles, and about 127,000 in total from Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia were deported. Of these, a third to half died on the way or in the labor camps. The total killings exceeded those of the Nazis when they occupied the same territories.


The Weimar Republic, in 1919, confiscated all firearms. In 1928, the firearms ban was relaxed. A law was passed licensing firearms dealers, and establishing a system of permits to purchase firearms and ammunition .As a result of this law, the police had lists of everyone legally owning firearms (of course, criminals, Nazis, and Communists didn’t register their firearms). When Hitler came to power, these lists were used to disarm all opposition to the government, particularly Jews. The Nazi gun law of 1938 essentially banned all private ownership of firearms. However, it specifically exempted from its ban police and military units, the SA (Stormtroopers) and the SS (Blackshirts). That is, government officials and Nazi thugs were allowed weapons; no one else was.

Communist China

After their takeover in 1949, the Chinese Communists imposed a gun control law in 1957 that prohibited the unauthorized manufacture, purchase, or possession of firearms or ammunition. When the Red Guards began their government –sponsored campaign of terror in the 1960s, the people had no weapons with which to oppose them. The death toll was (as noted above) possibly as high as eighty million.


In 1955, the British had passed a gun control law restricting firearms ownership. After Uganda achieved its independence, a slightly modified version of that law was passed in 1970. This law required a government license to purchase or possess firearms or ammunition. It also authorized the “chief licensing officer” of each district to deny or cancel licenses without cause and without appeal. Idi Amin seized power in 1971. He first purged the army of the followers of ousted President Obote. An army numbering no more than 25,000 men, supplemented by a secret police numbering 3,000, then killed some 3000,000 Ugandans and oppressed a population of thirteen million….


…More than a third of Cambodia’s 7 million people were killed by the Khmer Rouge between 1975 and 1979. Gun control in Cambodia dated back to a 1938 Royal Order, which remained in effect after Cambodia achieved independence in 1953. The Khmer Rouge won the civil war that started in 1970, and seized power. After that, the Khmer Rouge administrators and troops would enter a village, and tell the villagers that they didn’t need firearms any longer, since the troops were there to protect them. When the few people who had licensed arms, and whatever number had unlicensed arms, surrendered their weapons, the Khmer Rouge then herded the villagers out of their homes into the “killing fields.” …


If gun control is the prelude to genocide, is an armed citizenry proof against genocide? Afghanistan provides one example to answer that question. Afghanistan is the genocide that didn’t happen. The Afghan Penal Code of 1976 had only one article regarding firearms. Other than that, the possession of firearms and ammunition was completely unrestricted.

The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, in 1979, could have resulted inth e same kind of genocide that had been visited on Eastern Europe after it was occupied by the Soviets. It didn’t, because Afghans were armed to the teeth. …

The evidence is clear. Genocide is impossible when the victims are armed and able to resist. Disarming a population is always the first step to genocide. Gun registration is always the first step to gun confiscation. Moreover, the experience of Germany and Cambodia shows that the government that does the disarming may not be the government that commits the genocide. Once a “decent” government has disarmed the people, on whatever pretext, the way is open for a tyrannical government to oppress them. The Hitlers and the Pol Pots succeed only because the people have previously been disarmed.

As Joseph Story wrote, “One of the ordinary modes, by which tyrants accomplish their purposes without resistance, is by disarming the people, and making it an offense to keep arms.” History bears him out.

All text taken from “Resistance to Tyranny” by Joseph P. Martino, © 2010

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  1. But what about all the brainwashed gun controllers in the Northeast? I just heard that prick Zuckerman on Mclaughlin Group say that Gov. Cuomo will be able to pass MORE gun control in the People’s Republic of New York. Is everyone a communist in NY, NJ. MA and CT? What’s wrong with these Northeasterners????

    • Liberalism = insanity; blue state = insane state. But we’re trying. Lots of instructions going around about protests at Albany, contacting assemblymen and senators, etc.

      Frankly, I think they’re going to push through whatever they want to push through. The interesting part will be when they attempt to enforce whatever laws they pass.

      • Koba has indeed raised an interesting question.

        ‘Vote for Cuomo, Not the Homo’

        There’s your blast from the past.

      • You people have a real Tyrant in waiting with Doomberg and his Mafia guardians. Cuomo is another, but he is a little one with no moneys to support his cause like Doomberg.. F*uck them all they are a plague on humanity.
        Gun control is only pushed by Tyrants.

  2. Corny as it might sound, “From My Cold Dead Hands”, my children will live free. It is every American Citizens Duty to defend the Constitution, by all means available, against any enemy, foreign or domestic, no one can change the Constitution without a Constitutional Convention, it is treason pure and simple. Black and White, no gray areas abound in it. Anyone not liking the Constitution ,leave, GTFO. It includes Mr Morgan, cowardly little man he is.

  3. Biden is an idiot, should never have been picked for anything except his nose. What happens here could be the downfall of this nation. This should be taken very seriously.I beleive people are fed up w/politicians, it’s “We the people” not politicians saying it’s what they want.

  4. That’s what it all boils down to Michael, exactly. People, please do not register anything with a feral government. It is your natural right and moral duty to defend yourself. There is no army on earth that can conquer the American people. We can only be defeated willingly. If I am named an outlaw by laws passed on something I purchased legally as a free man, then it is my duty to follow the Constitution, and my natural right to defend my life. Free Americans, don’t let history say that we marched to our own executions. Never lay down your arms, ever!

  5. Rides A Pale Horse says:

    Since I’m pretty new here, I don’t know if this has been posted before so I’ll take a chance. Very eye opening (well, for some).

    But “it can’t happen here”

    Can it?

    “Innocents Betrayed”

    • Rides A Dark Horse,

      This is a must watch for everyone viewing AWD’s site… I’ll die on my front steps defending my right to bear arms before I’ll allow our stinking government to confiscate my weapons.


    The first rule of tyrants from LENNIN,HTTLER,STALIN,MAO,CASTRO,IDA AMINH,POL POT, was to CONFISCATE ALL THE PRIVATLY OWNED FIREARMS then no one can resist tyrany The reason the british troop were marching to CONCORD and LEXINGTON was to SEIZE THE COLONISTS GUNS and we must totaly reject the UN SMALL ARMS CONTROL TREATY and GET OURSELVES OUT OF THIS UNITED NATIONS becuase its never ever been about WORLD PEACE

  7. i am walt kowalski



  9. Mexican Drug Cartels Thank Obama for Gun Control Push


  10. Just saw a banned weapons list. All semi auto rifles, all semi auto shotguns with detachable mags or carry more than 5 rounds. All semi auto pistols capable of a magazine carrying more than 10 rounds (all Glocks). Banned! Not able to have! Most pistols used by police and military. For what its worth. If history is an indication the left moves hard and fast and they are the law until proven otherwise. We have a major flu epidemic? They are up to something as they don’t give a sh*t about you and the flu!

    • Michael, where did you see the list?


      • Howdy AWD…

        I put the link to that here yesterday somewhere. – It’s a video too.

        I’ll look for it in a few minutes and put it here for you.

      • Here it is…I had it on the ‘Gun Appreciation Day’ thread.


        AWD…since I haven’t heard from you since I put this here, I’m going to assume you got it.

        • The video I saw listed all these and and what I listed above, Had to reset and restart my computer so history is gone, it will take me some time to find it. It was a video and had Holder on it with power to add any weapon he deemed bad to it. Since all glocks will accept Hi Cap mags they are on the list. Got an email from Ruger to get to your congress people fast as its going down. All A platforms are on it , mini 14 & 30 are on it. May take me some time but I will find it. I was in a bunch of gun ban videos except it was current which caught my eye. I was thinking later in a store it was such an over reach they must want to go for it all and see how much we would give up. Me Nuthin!

      • Sandy Hook Democratic Gun Ban List Is Out!! 2012-2013
        This was on youtube.com/watch?v=Ja7KOq1lMk
        I think the poster was extremumspiritum ESN
        As I recall the one I saw as a bit longer, still looking, get distracted by hooters.

  11. Obama Opposed Gun Ban Exception to Defend One’s Home
    by Keith Koffler on January 11, 2013, 9:58 am

    As a state senator in Illinois, President Obama opposed legislation providing an exception to handgun restrictions if the weapon was used in the defense of one’s home.

    Obama’s vote would have maintained the status quo, which made it a violation of municipal gun ban law to use a firearm to save your own life in your own home. But the bill was passed anyway without his support.

    The vote is a sign of how committed Obama may be to strict gun control measures.

  12. Snake Oiler says:

    Here are a couple of items related to Feinstein’s Folly:

    “Assault weapon” numbers and murder trends: From the imposition of Feinstein’s “assault weapon” ban (Sept. 13, 1994) through the present, the number of “assault weapons” has risen dramatically. For example, the most common firearm that Feinstein considers an “assault weapon” is the AR-15 rifle, the manufacturing numbers of which can be gleaned from the BATFE’s firearm manufacturer reports, available here. From 1995 through 2011, the number of AR-15s–all models of which Feinstein’s new bill defines as “assault weapons”–rose by over 2.5 million. During the same period, the nation’s murder rate fell 48 percent, to a 48-year low. According to the FBI, 8.5 times as many people are murdered with knives, blunt objects and bare hands, as with rifles of any type.

    • Carries hyperbole further than the 1994 ban. Feinstein’s 1994 ban listed “grenade launcher” as one of the prohibiting features for rifles. Her 2013 bill carries goes even further into the ridiculous, by also listing “rocket launcher.” Such devices are restricted under the National Firearms Act and, obviously, are not standard components of the firearms Feinstein wants to ban. Perhaps a subsequent Feinstein bill will add “nuclear bomb,” “particle beam weapon,” or something else equally far-fetched to the features list.

    • SO, Ya know if we could just play that video of Feinsteins talking about Mr. and Mrs. American turn all your guns in we might wake a few lefties with guns up. She would have played well as Hitlers wife, such an evil women. That video needs to be played every day and sent to everyone.

      • Agreed. California really has a matched set with Crimestein and the other ass cheek, the sawed-off pisspot Barbara Boxer.

  13. Respectfully submitted, Alan Korwin, Author Gun Laws of America http://www.gunlaws.com/gloa.htm


    Criminals hate guns. Whether it’s the street mugger, the corrupt CEO or the dirty politician, they hate the idea that any of their victims might be armed

    Mugging an armed man is dangerous. throwing an armed man out of his house is dangerous. Repressing an armed man is dangerous.

    If your lifestyle is built around imposing your will on other people by force, it helps if your targets are disarmed.

    Obama is a criminal. Obama hates guns.”

    A quote from Daniel Greenfield @ Sultan Knish Blog, brevity being the soul of wit I thought this said volumes about who and what we are dealing with. We must defeat Obama, our children need a free country to live in.

  15. “When guns are outlawed, only the Government will have guns. The Government – and a few outlaws. If that happens, you can count me among the outlaws.” Edward Abbey

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