January 9, 2019 would have been my mother’s 110th birthday. She was ten years old when the Volstead Act was passed, triggering the long American nightmare of Prohibition. She and my dad both lived through it, and saw its negative effects (huge) and its positive effects (virtually non-existent).
My mother was a lifelong teetotaler. She analyzed Prohibition, not with personal feelings, but with logic. She was one of three sisters, with a couple of brothers. Her mom, my great-grandmother who passed before I was born, always called her “the practical one” of the family. Great-grandma was right. My mother saw for herself that Prohibition simply didn’t work … and that it had “unintended consequences.”
The black market was a boon for bootleggers and moonshiners, and led to organized crime in America on an unprecedented scale. Organized crime turned to drug-running wholesale as soon as Repeal was passed in 1933.
One reason Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected President was his promise that he would repeal Prohibition. FDR, let us remember, is seen today as a “progressive Democrat,” and some called him a socialist then and now. Today, however, socialists (some self-admitted, some not) and self-styled progressive Democrats call for a different kind of Prohibition: that of firearms that existed even before the Volstead Act became law.
Nancy Pelosi has promised that as Speaker of the House, she will make “gun control” a very high priority. She and her kind are talking about banning most semiautomatic firearms, magazines that hold more than ten rounds, and private transfer of firearms between law-abiding individual citizens. Her agenda will repeat the reality of that last Prohibition: take things away from law-abiding citizens who use them responsibly, while flat-out KNOWING that law-breakers, by definition, will not obey the empty law in question.
The Volstead Act criminalized a vast number of American citizens who had responsibly consumed alcohol, just as the upcoming spate of Pelosi-led prohibition will criminalize a huge number of law-abiding citizens who have responsibly owned and used the firearms and accessories in question.
Prohibition resulted in massive non-compliance. Indeed, drinking in a speakeasy or sipping booze from a flask at a sporting event became seen as an act of individual freedom and defiance. If you doubt that the same will happen with firearm and magazine bans, you haven’t seen this
As with the Prohibition that began a century ago, the New Prohibition will lead to a vast black market of firearms, and illicit manufacture of same. (Speaker Pelosi, don’t you think the rise of the 3-D Printing you so rail against makes this a very bad time to hope to ban something that can be produced in America’s garages? If you thought bathtub gin was a problem, wait ‘til you see backyard submachineguns, which Third World insurgents have long known can be built by anyone with access to a Bridgeport milling machine and a few other tools.
We law-abiding gun owners face dark times, and resurgent stupidity…