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Old February 11th, 2019, 05:35 PM #1
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Weimar Republic - 100 years old

Yes, the post-WWI reformation of the German state, which began the process of disarming the citizenry in the face of massive civil unrest, hyperinflation, disarmament of "radical" groups and eventual takeover by the National Socialists, began in 1918-9.

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Germany became a de facto republic on 9 November 1918 when Kaiser Wilhelm II abdicated the German and Prussian thrones with no agreement made on a succession by his son Crown Prince Wilhelm, and became a de jure republic in February 1919 when the position of President of Germany was created. A national assembly was convened in Weimar, where a new constitution for Germany was written and adopted on 11 August 1919.
If you want to really begin to worry, read the Introduction and first chapter of Gun Control in the Third Reich by Stephen Halbrook. The parallels with current unrest, and actions by the MD General Assembly, are positively terrifying.

Seemingly you can read it free on Kindle:
https://www.amazon.com/Gun-Control-T.../dp/1598131621
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That book has excellent reviews on Amazon. I just ordered. Thanks for the tip!
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From the book:

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Restrictions on firearms were aimed not so much at armed crime as to political violence. But such policies had little effect and instead served primarily to restrict law-abiding citizens. Those whose agenda was overthrow of the state could have cared less about jumping through the hoops to obtain arms according to the bureaucratic requirements imposed by the existing authorities.
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Finally, the RFB was banned on the basis of the Law for the Protection of the Republic. In introducing that law, Prussian Interior Minister Carl Severing (SPD) explained in March 1930: "The right of assembly has become the wrong of assembly, and press freedom has become press license. We cannot permit demagogues to inflame the masses any further." Like the right to have arms, the rights to free speech and assembly were curtailed.
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Is that the place the gray dogs are from?
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Halbrook's book on Germany should be read along with his book on France, and his book on Switzerland. These three, taken together, show both the consequences of registration and capitulation on the part of Germany and France compared to the strong civil defense tradition and resolute opposition of the Swiss. There are important lessons here. Kudos to Bob for opening the conversation.
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Thanks to Hillbilly Grandpa for the suggestion; just rec'd a copy of Halbrooks' "Target Switzerland". Looks interesting. I'll report once I've read it.
(I always look at the pictures first. I thought this one was pretty poignant, given the current state of MD GA)

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