Foreshadowing present-day political candidates, Heinrich Himmler, head of Nazi S.S. ("Schutzstaffel"-Protection Squadron), announced:
"Germans who wish to use firearms should join the S.S. or the S.A. Ordinary citizens don't need guns, as their having guns doesn't serve the State."
Disarming the civilian population was a necessary step in state control, as Vladimir Lenin explained: "One man with a gun can control 100 without one. "
George Mason, a founding father from Virginia, stated:
"To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them."
Noah Webster wrote:
"Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed."
"It is not reasonable to suppose that one who is armed will obey willing one who is unarmed."
Theoretical arguments for disarming citizens become indefensible when faced with actual situations:
- disarmed North Koreans being sentenced to labor camps;
- disarmed Nigerians being killed by Islamist Boko Haram;
- disarmed Iranians being killed by their fundamentalist state; and
- disarmed Venezuelans being killed by a corrupt dictator.