Ghandi was a fan of gun rights, nevertheless. Even a pacifist can understand that a well-armed populist is safer.The same sort of people who think Gandhi's pacifist solutions actually work against governments or gangs who don't give a damn how many they kill as long as they get whatever it is they are after, control, money or territory. The only reason Gandhi's ideas worked for him and for Martin Luther King is that the British government and the United States government are fundamentally decent organizations with Western respect for human life. Look what happened to the Chinese who tried it in Tianamen Square for the reality of the effectiveness of that philosophy. I strongly suggest that you also give Robert Heinlein's classic Starship Troopers a long, slow read.
Someone should go there with a toy space gun (one that's so fake it could never be construed as a weapon), look at all the people lying there, point it at a person and say "BANG!"... "okay, someone stop me..." "Bang!...Bang!...Bang!..." and continue down the line of people lying there on the ground to show that not a single one of them could stop him without having a gun.
Even better would be to wait until he "kills" all but one of the protesters then have a buddy come up with another toy space gun, pull it out from under his coat, point it at the "bad guy" and say "Bang!" just before the "bad guy" "kills" the last protester... to show that a gun in the hands of responsible citizens saves lives.
I don't recall at this remove which Senator it was that sponsored the Gun Control Act of 1968 (aka "The Omnibus Crime Bill") passed as a kneejerk reaction to the assassinations of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, and as a delayed reaction to the assassination of John F. Kennedy. However, it is known that the swine had copies of the Gun Control Act of 1935 passed by the Nazi Reichstag and signed into law by Adolf Hitler brought to his office, either in translation or to be translated by an interpreter. The National Rifle Association observed at the time that a number of lines in the bill were lifted verbatim from the Nazi law and that the entire document bore an eerie similarity to the Nazis' GCA 35.I did some further research into their version of gun control and while I dont think our government is currently hitlerian (for lack of a better metaphore) some of the similarities are disturbing:
Nazi Weapons Act of 1938 (Translated to English)
again not trying to be an alarmist, just saying... history has shown a compunction for repeating its self, we would do well to learn from its lessons the first time.
- Classified guns for "sporting purposes".
- All citizens who wished to purchase firearms had to register with the Nazi officials and have a background check.
- Presumed German citizens were hostile and thereby exempted Nazis from the gun control law.
- Gave Nazis unrestricted power to decide what kinds of firearms could, or could not be owned by private persons.
- The types of ammunition that were legal were subject to control by bureaucrats.
- Juveniles under 18 years could not buy firearms and ammunition.