Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Blast from the Past: Adam Winkler; FDR Father of Gun Control

Nice of Adam Winkler to lay out this history for us.  Yes, FDR really did set in force actions that ended up destroying many of the limitations of government placed on it by the Constitution.

Gun control is one of the great pieces of unfinished business for the Democratic Party. Although the party has never been unified in its support of restrictive gun laws – indeed, gun control historically transcends the usual party lines – for the past century Democrats have pushed for a more vigorous role for government in regulating guns. They’ve been largely unsuccessful, however, and lately Democrats have made Avoid Gun Control an informal plank in the party’s platform.

The Newtown massacre however may have changed all that.


Roosevelt’s original proposal for what would become the National Firearms Act of 1934, the first federal gun control law, sought to tax all firearms and establish a national registry of guns. When gun owners objected, Congress scaled down FDR’s proposal to allow only for a restrictive tax on machine guns and sawed-off shotguns, which were thought to be gangster weapons with no usefulness for self-defense.

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Anonymous said...

A Gun Control Activist Brings Armed Guards to own rally.

Wireless.Phil said...

Washington Times
NRA's LePierre story.