LeRoy Collins Commentary 203

Commentary #203
23 July 2008

Gun history lesson

This is a commentary about guns. I was asked about the 2nd Amendment many times on the campaign trail two years ago.

I have never been a big "fan" of guns, yet I have them. While I have always thought the world might be safer if no one had them, that is a utopian idea which will never occur. I grew up with a father who was a serious hunter for field birds (dove/quail/wild turkeys) and water fowl (ducks/geese)...and we ate what he and I killed. In the last few years, I gave each of my two sons a shotgun (exactly the same one, i.e. Browning 16ga semi-auto); one had been given to me by my father over 50 years ago.

In the Navy, I had much contact with guns ranging from pistols and rifles up through all machine guns in the inventory. My first battle stations assignment at sea as a Midshipman was a quad 40 MM mount. I know guns, yet one public event made me ill about the obsession with guns, i.e. the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963. It happened on a Thursday, as I recall, so by Friday the rifle used was shown on TV and the public went wild in Dallas,…and elsewhere, TO SEE THE GUN.

At the time, I was in the Newport News Shipyard in Virginia building a new missile submarine, where I was to be the assigned Weapons Officer, so I would be responsible for all the pistols, rifles, torpedoes, and nuclear missiles. But the very next day, I was going hunting on the farm of my wife's cousin less than 100 miles north on US 17, just outside Tappahannock VA.

I remember the drive up that Saturday morning, thinking about that horrible assassination, the public adulation of the gun, and my 16ga Browning shotgun was on the back seat with my box of shotgun shells. I felt almost sick to my stomach, but I did not want to admit it to my wife, nor her cousin, Winton, who was hosting me on his farm. I got there mid-morning, we had a brief early lunch, laced up our boots, and headed for the fields.

It was an ideal cool overcast afternoon, and we walked and talked,... but found no game. I was glad, because I never felt the same about hunting from that day on (yet I have been hunting since).

I have more guns than ever, including those like I used in the military. I keep them maintained and well hidden from everyone except me. If I ever need them, I have the ammo and I know how to use them. I understand the law of guns, so I know when (and when not…) to use them. I hope that time never comes, but I am prepared if it does. The attached summary provides an interesting insight into history ...and guns. /s/LeRoy Collins, Jr.

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A Little Gun History Lesson. In 1929, theSoviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million 'educated' people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Summary of defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control: 56 million.

It has now been a year since gun owners in Australia were forced by new law to surrender 640,381 personal firearms to be destroyed by their own government, a program costing Australian taxpayers more than $500 million dollars. The first year results are now in:

Australia-wide, homicides are up 3.2 percent

Australia-wide, assaults are up 8.6 percent

Australia-wide,a rmed robberies are up 44% (yes, 44 percent)!

In the state of Victoria alone, homicides with firearms are now up 300 percent. Note that while the law-abiding citizens turned them in, thecriminals did not, and criminals still possess their guns!

You say it cannot happen here; the Aussies said that too!

While figures over the previous 25 years showed a steady decrease in armed robbery with firearms, this has changed drastically upward in the past year, since criminals now presume their prey is unarmed.

There has also been a dramatic increase in break-ins and assaults of the ELDERLY. 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. The Australian experience and the other historical facts above prove it.

You won't see this data on the US evening news, or hear politicians disseminating this information.

So, it would appear guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws adversely affect only the law-abiding citizens. The next time someone talks in favor of gun control, please remind him of this history lesson.

With Guns..........We Are 'Citizens'.
Without Them........We Are 'Subjects'.

During W.W.II the Japanese decided not to invade America because they knew most Americans were ARMED!

Note: Admiral Yamamoto who crafted the attack on Peal Harbor had attended Harvard U 1919-1921 & was the Naval Attaché to the U. S. 1925-28. Much of our Navy was destroyed at Pearl Harbor; our Army had been deprived of funding & was ill prepared to defend the country.

It was reported that when he was asked why Japan did not follow up the Pearl Harbor attack with an invasion of the U. S. Mainland, his reply was that he had lived in the U. S. and knew that almost all households had guns.

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/s/ LeRoy Collins, Jr.


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