Conspiracy Nation -- Vol. 2 Num. 82

("Quid coniuratio est?")


Startling evidence suggests that the Gun Control Act of 1968 was lifted, almost in its entirety, from Nazi legislation. We must call for a full investigation, and the repeal of GCA '68 -- NOW!!

By Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership (JPFO)

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Given the parallels between the Nazi Weapons Law and the GCA '68 [Gun Control Act, 1968], we concluded that the framers of the GCA '68 -- lacking any basis in American law to sharply cut back the civil rights of law-abiding Americans -- drew on the Nazi Weapons Law of 1938.

Finding the Nazi Weapons Law whetted our appetite. We wanted to know who implanted this Nazi cancer in America. We began by probing the backgrounds of lawmakers who championed gun control. We focused on those whose bills became part of GCA '68. GCA '68 as enacted closely tracks proposals dating to August 1963. We felt that if the culprit were a lawmaker -- or a congressional staffer -- he or she would know Germany, German law and possibly even speak German. He or she probably would have spent time in Germany on business or during military service. Alternatively, if the culprit were not a member of Congress or a staffer, there would be testimony at the hearings to that effect.

Most potential suspects were quickly eliminated: they had no apparent ties to Germany. But one lawmaker caught our attention.

An old Who's Who entry showed he had been a senior member of the U.S. team that prosecuted German war criminals at Nurnberg in 1945-46. Thus, he had lived in Germany just after the Nazi period. His official duties required him to look at Nazi records, including Nazi laws. In 1963 he led the effort to greatly expand the Federal Firearms Act of 1938.

We then got a break. We told a legal scholar of our findings. He was intrigued. He sent us an extract from the record of hearings held a few months prior to the enactment of the GCA '68. At the end of June 1968, the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee to Investigate Juvenile Delinquency -- chaired by Thomas J. Dodd (D- CT) -- held hearings on bills: (1) "To Require the Registration of Firearms" (S.3604), (2) "To Disarm Lawless Persons" (S.3634) and (3) "To Provide for the Establishment of a National Firearms Registry" (S.3637), among others.

U.S. Representative John Dingell (D-MI) testified at these Senate hearings on gun control. Senator Joseph D. Tydings (D-MD) chaired some of these hearings, in Dodd's absence.

Rep. Dingell expressed concern that if firearms registration were required, it might lead to confiscation of firearms, as had happened in Nazi Germany. Tydings angrily accused Rep. Dingell of using "scare tactics":

"Are you inferring that our system here, gun registration or licensing, would in any way be comparable to the Nazi regime in Germany, where they had a secret police, and a complete takeover?"

======================>> INSET <<======================= Senators Strom Thurmond and Edward Kennedy are the only members of the original (1968) Senate Judiciary Committee who remain in the Senate, and on the committee

Rep. Dingell backed away.

(Hearings before the Subcommittee to Investigate Juvenile Delinquency of the Committee on the Judiciary, 90th Congress, 2nd Session, June 26, 27 and 28 and July 8, 9 and 10, 1968, pp. 479- 80, 505-6 cited as Subcommittee Hearings.)

Tydings later inserted into the hearing record various documents, "concerning the history of Nazism and gun confiscation."

Exhibit No. 62 (see reproduction [see inset, CN 2.81]) is fascinating. This letter -- dated July 12, 1968 -- is to Subcommittee Chairman Dodd from Lewis C. Coffin, Law Librarian at the Library of Congress. Coffin wrote:

"...we are enclosing herewith a translation of the Law on Weapons of March 18, 1938, prepared by Dr. William Solyom-Fekete of [the European Law Division] as well as the Xerox of the original German text which you supplied" (Subcommittee Hearings, p. 489, emphasis added).

This letter makes it public knowledge that at the end of June 1968 -- 4 months before GCA '68 was enacted -- Senator Thomas J. Dodd, now deceased, personally owned a copy of the original German text of the Nazi Weapons Law.

Why did Dodd own the original German text of any Nazi law? Why did he make known that he owned it?

The Library of Congress then had (and still has) the Reichsgesetzblatt in its collection. The Library of Congress translator, Dr. Solyom-Fekete, could easily have used the Library of Congress' own copy.

Any member of Congress who wanted to read the Nazi Weapons Law need only have asked for it to be produced from the shelves of the Library of Congress and for it to be translated by Library of Congress experts. Why should any member of Congress ever have owned the original German text of the Nazi Weapons Law?

Without access to Tom Dodd's personal papers, archived under his heirs' control, we unfortunately cannot offer definite answers.

Dodd could have acquired the German text of the Nazi Weapons Law during his time at Nurnberg. But he had no need to do so.

Dodd did not personally handle the prosecution of Nazi Interior Minister Wilhelm Frick, who signed the Nazi Weapons Law. The case against Frick was presented by Robert M. W. Kempner, Assistant Trial Counsel for the United States (see Trial of the Major War Criminals before the International Military Tribunal, cited as TMWC, Vol. V, pp. 352-67, Nurnberg, Germany, 1947).

Nor should the Nazi Weapons Law otherwise have come to Dodd's attention. The Nazi Weapons Law was not used as evidence against Frick (see Kempner's speech, TMWC, Vol. V, pp. 352-67 and Index of Laws, Decrees, Orders, Directives, and the Administration of Justice in Nazi Germany and Nazi-Dominated Countries, TMWC, Vol. XXIII, pp. 430-33). The Nazi Weapons Law is not listed among documents submitted as evidence to the Tribunal by the American prosecutors (see Vol. XXIV, pp. 98-169).

The prosecutors at Nurnberg doubtless knew of the Nazi Weapons Law. They probably saw it in the Reichsgesetzblatt. On the same day that Nazi Interior Minister Frick signed the Weapons Law, March 18, 1938, he signed another law governing security measures in newly annexed Austria. This law concerning Austria appeared in the Reichsgesetzblatt -- directly in front of the Weapons Law -- and was introduced into evidence at Nurnberg (Reichsgesetzblatt 1938, I, p. 262; the Nazi Weapons Law was published in the same volume, p. 265; see TMWC, Vol. V, p. 358 for reference to law concerning Austria).

Thus, the Nazi Weapons Law appeared to have no historical merit at Nurnberg and should not have attracted anyone's notice, certainly not to the extent of causing anyone to want to keep a copy of it as a separate document.

If Dodd got his copy of the original German text of the Nazi Weapons Law during his time at Nurnberg, it likely was part of a collection of documents, for example, issues of the Reichsgesetzblatt.

But if he acquired the original German text of the Nazi Weapons Law after his service at Nurnberg, he must have done so for a very specific reason. The Nazi Weapons Law plainly did not figure at Nurnberg.

We may safely conclude it had little, if any, interest for those interested in the history of the Nazis' rise to power. For example, the Nazi Weapons Law is not mentioned at all in William L. Shirer's very thorough study of Nazi Germany, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich (Simon and Schuster, New York, 1950).

At the hearings held by Dodd's subcommittee at the end of June 1968, Rep. Dingell had objected to the firearms registration provision then being discussed. Dodd may have offered his copy of the Nazi Weapons Law to show that the specific proposal did not resemble anything in the Nazi law.

He may not have realized that he was revealing a broader truth: that the whole fabric of GCA '68 was based on the Nazi Weapons Law, even if the specific registration proposal was not so based.

Alternatively, Dodd may not have cared whether or not anyone knew that he had the German text of the Nazi Weapons Law. He doubtless knew that months would pass before the hearing record was printed and so generally available for scrutiny. Thus, even if anyone then noticed the parallels between the two laws, the bill would already have become law.

Rep. Dingell does not appear to have pursued the matter: the firearms registration provision was not included in GCA '68. The Congress was stampeded on gun control by public enthusiasm. Martin Luther King had been murdered on April 4, 1968, and Robert F. Kennedy had been murdered on June 6, 1968.

We are not the first to have seen this hearing record. But we appear to be the first to have recognized its importance. This hearing record suggests strongly that the late Senator Thomas J. Dodd (D-CT) himself implanted the Nazi Weapons Law into American law, or, at very least, helped others to do so.

Now you know the ugly truth about the roots of GCA '68. But you need to see -- with your own eyes -- the hard evidence of the Nazi roots of gun control in America presented in Gun Control: Gateway to Tyranny.

If you want to destroy gun control, you can use this book to do it. You can demand the immediate repeal of the Nazi-inspired GCA '68 and all state laws based on it.

Of Senate Judiciary Committee members serving in 1968, only Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) and Strom Thurmond (D-SC) are still in the Senate. Both are still members of the Judiciary Committee. In light of the evidence presented above, will they now help to repeal GCA '68?

======================>> INSET <<======================= During hearings in 1968, Rep. John Dingell expressed his concerns over proposed U.S. gun restrictions mimicking those of Nazi Germany, He was chastised by then-Senator Joseph Tydings, and Dingell backed down.

Few lawmakers will try to defend the Nazis. And, if they do, you know what to do: vote them out at the next election, or sooner, if your state's laws provide for recall elections.

The Nazi Weapons Law of March 18, 1938, cleared the way for World War II and Nazi genocide against Jews, Gypsies and 7,000,000 other people. If "Never Again" is to be a reality in America, the Nazi-based GCA '68 must be erased. Now.

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