This article was published at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, November 2, 2018: 

Back in January 2013, former New Jersey Superior Judge Andrew Napolitano taught a history lesson:

The right of the people to keep and bear arms is an extension of the natural right to self-defense and a hallmark of personal sovereignty. It is specifically insulated from governmental interference by the Constitution and has historically been the linchpin of resistance to tyranny….


The historical reality of the Second Amendment’s protection of the right to keep and bear arms is not that it protects the right to shoot deer. It protects the right to shoot tyrants, and it protects the right to shoot at them effectively, with the same instruments they would use upon us.


If the Jews in the Warsaw ghetto had had the firepower and ammunition that the Nazis had, some of Poland might have stayed free and more persons would have survived the Holocaust.

The chilling history of the 13,000 Polish Jews who resisted Nazi forces from April 19, 1943 until they were wiped out by May 19 is told by Marek Edelman, one of the only survivors, in his “The Ghetto Fights.” After efforts to remove the Jews from the Ghetto to transport them to the ovens failed, the Nazis tried a different tactic:

Now something unprecedented took place. Three [Nazi] officers with lowered machine-guns appeared. They wore white rosettes in their buttonholes – emissaries. They desired to negotiate with [our] Area Command. They proposed a 15-minute truce to remove the dead and the wounded. They were also ready to promise all inhabitants an orderly evacuation to labour camps in Poniatowa and Trawniki, and to let them take along all their belongings.


Firing was our answer. Every house remained a hostile fortress. From every storey, from every window bullets sought hated German helmets, hated German hearts.


On the fourth storey, at a small window, our old soldier Diamarit is at his combat post. His is a long rifle whose glorious history reaches back to the Russo-Japanese War. Diamant is phlegmatic, his movements are slow but deliberate. The young boys near him impatiently try to hurry him along. But Diamant is imperturbable. He aims at the stomach, hits the heart. Every shot finishes off another German.


At the second storey window is Dwojra, firing away rancourously. The Germans spot her: “Schau, Hans, eine Frau schiesst!” They try to get her, but somehow their bullets miss. She, apparently, does not miss often, for, strangely enough, they withdraw quickly.


On the first floor, on the stairway (Post No. 1) are Szlamek Szuster and Kazik throwing one hand grenade after another. After a while the supply of grenades becomes exhausted, while two Germans are still moving about the courtyard below. Szlamek reaches for an incendiary bottle and throws it at the German so accurately that the latter, hit squarely over his helmet, instantly catches fire and is burned to death.


The partisans’ stand was so determined that the Germans were finally forced to abandon all ordinary fighting methods and to try new, apparently infallible tactics. Their new idea was to set fire to the entire brush-makers’ block from the outside, on all sides simultaneously.


In an instant, fires were raging over the entire block, black smoke choked one’s throat, burned one’s eyes. The partisans, naturally, did not intend to be burnt alive in the flames. We decided to gamble for our lives and to attempt to reach the central ghetto area regardless of consequences.

History has recorded those consequences. All but one of those 13,000 Jews perished, half by being burned alive in the fires set by the Nazis. The others perished when they ran out of ammunition and were shot.

So, why is the Wall Street Journal promoting a national database for all firearms owned by Americans? In an improbable article from an unlikely source, Journal writer Joel Eastwood asks an impertinent question, “How Many Guns Do Americans Own?” Eastwood answers the rhetorical question himself: no one knows because of a “lack of a central database.” “With no central database,” he moans, those interested “have made different guesses.”

Not surprisingly, those interested in making “guesses” include the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE). Eastwood reported that the agency was forced to make some estimates on how many guns were manufactured here in the U.S., how many were imported from abroad, how many were exported, how many have been destroyed or otherwise lost over the years, and then they came up with a number: 405 million firearms are owned by 323 million Americans. Decried Eastwood, that’s “more guns than Americans!”

The article is impertinent for one simple reason: why would the Journal, or anyone else for that matter, be interested, unless they had evil intentions to broach or abrogate the Constitution’s Second Amendment. After all, with a national database including the name and address of every American owning a firearm – all in the name of “public safety” and “mental health,” etc. – the temptation over time would be overwhelming to come and collect them, in the name of “public safety” and “mental health,” etc.

Which brings us to the Warsaw Ghetto uprising in April, 1943.

Jews in Nazi Germany had been disarmed, just as notable American citizens want to disarm Americans today. Early on it was Pete Shields, who joined with Mark Borinsky to form the National Council to Control Handguns in 1974. Shields served as chairman and clearly expressed the intent of the organization: “total control of handguns in the United States.” If that wasn’t clear enough, Shields added:

The first problem is to slow down the increasing number of handguns being produced and sold in this country. The second is to get handguns registered. And the final problem is to make the possession of all handguns and all handgun ammunition – except for the military, policemen, licensed security guards, licensed sporting clubs, and licensed gun collectors – totally illegal.

From 1980 through 2000, Shield’s organization operated under the name Handgun Control, Inc. In 2001 it was renamed the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

Barely 20 years after Shields’ revelation and admission, California Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein confirmed the movement to disarm all Americans. During debate over the 1994 “Clinton assault ban,” Feinstein said:

If I could’ve gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States for an outright ban, picking up every one of them — Mr. and Mrs. America turn ’em all in — I would have done it. I could not do that. The votes weren’t here.

But her intentions were, and remain, the same.

Resistance to the movement is occurring in places like the state of New York. Some 370,000 legal handgun owners learned in January that they had become criminals upon passage of the state’s demand that they register their firearms with the state police. This created a backlash, wrote Lauren Rosenthal for NPR: “Anyone who took out a hand gun license in New York before 2015 – the year the state passed a landmark law – had to contact state police by January 31 or risk criminal charges. That’s caused a real backlash, particularly among rural gun owners, who don’t entirely trust their state’s intentions.”

It’s estimated that one in five firearms owners missed the deadline, despite the governor’s insistence that it’s for their own good. Said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo:

We’ll have for the first time a statewide handgun database that will allow the state … allow local officials … to check periodically.

After all, he added, some of the data the state already has may not be complete, or is outdated.

The only answers to the questions posed above are: 1) Eastwood hasn’t done his homework or read his history, and therefore operates without that guiding light to inform his writing; or 2) he knows full well exactly what he is doing, what he is promoting, and for whom he is laboring. If No. 2, then the question becomes, why would the Journal allow him to get away with it? On this issue, has the Journal gone over to the dark side as so many others have?

Hard questions with difficult answers.



The Wall Street JournalHow Many Guns Do Americans Own?

The Washington TimesNAPOLITANO: The right to shoot tyrants, not deer

NPR.orgIn New York, Gun Owners Balk At New Handgun Database‘Turn ‘Em All In’: Feinstein Said She Wanted All Guns Banned  

Formerly called Handgun Control, Inc., now the Brady Campaign

History of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, by Marek Edelman

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