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  •  ErikO, don't drink the Kool Aid (3+ / 0-)
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    The NFA was "sold" as the answer to a public outcry over the St. Valentines Day Massacre.

    Think on that.  A bunch of hoods, gun down a bunch of hoods, over illegal activities relating to the Volstead Act.
    (Prohibition).

    Why the hue and cry?  Were these hoodlums, "our" hoodlums?
    Think of their mothers!?  Think of the children!?
    Nah, this was all smoke and mirrors.

    Starting with the Bolshies, and the Italian Anarchists (Wall Street Bombing, Dock Strikes, Coal Strikes) - the government and corporations wanted a means of ensuring a superiority of arms.
    If Messrs. Carnegie, Frick and Morgan want you back to work?
    Getcherass back to work.  Only this time at 2/3s pay.
    Oh, and your labor leaders?  Might find themselves dead, beaten nearly to death and crippled, and their families thrown out onto the street.

    Proof?  Look at the 20th Century labor unrest leading up to the 1934 passage.  Further proof?
    The Volstead Act was repealed, effective December of 1933.
    The Tommyguns fell silent, as there was no bootleg hooch to strong-arm.

    Still the hue-and-cry for passage continued.  Pushed by powerful elements seeking a supremacy of arms.

    Did grandpap's Winchester Trapper carbine pose a threat to the Security of a Free State?  I very much doubt it.

    The reasonable fees for registry and the short grandfathering window, were neither reasonable in the cost (there's the Depression going on ya know) nor widely publicized to a rural population.
    In one case, the "reasonable fee" took 20 years to become "reasonable" - while thousands of Marble Game-Getters were confiscated or surrendered.

    I can't for the life of me recall Barrow, Dillinger, Capone or Floyd using a Marble Game Getter in the pursuit of their criminal enterprises.  Yet the NFA '34 passed, and banned these threats to the peace and sensibilities of the American Public.  The hue and cry, silenced.

    The country was in peril; he was jeopardizing his traditional rights of freedom and independence by daring to exercise them.” ~ Joseph Heller, Catch-22

    by 43north on Wed Aug 14, 2013 at 10:16:41 PM PDT

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