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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Video: Immigrant to Conn. Gun Panel -- "Few saw the 3rd Reich coming until it was too late"

By Rick Pearcey • January 31, 2013, 11:33 AM

Jason Howerton reports at The Blaze:

During a public hearing on gun violence in Hartford, Conn. on Monday, a legal immigrant by the name of Henson Ong issued a passionate defense of the Second Amendment and argued that gun control simply "does not work."

The video of Ong’s testimony has already surpassed 130,000 views on YouTube. . . .

"Your own history is replete with high school rifle teams, boy scout marksmanship merit badges," he explained. "You could buy rifles at hardware stores, you could order them . . . your country was awash in readily available firearms and ammunition, and yet in your past you did not have mass school shootings."

"What changed?" he asked. "It was not that the availability of guns suddenly exploded or increased, it actually was decreased. What changed was societal decay," he added, resulting in more applause.

In his conclusion, Ong quoted Judge Alex Kozinski in his 2002 dissent in the case of Silveira v. Lockye

"My excellent colleagues have forgotten these bitter lessons of history," Ong quoted Kozinski.

"The prospect of tyranny may not grab the headlines the way vivid stories of gun crime usually do. But few saw the Third Reich coming until it was too late," Ong continued.

"The Second Amendment is a doomsday provision, one designed only for those exceptionally rare circumstances when all other rights have failed," Ong read.

"A free people can only afford to make this mistake once."

Here is Youtube video of Henson Ong testifying on gun control at a public hearing in Hartford, Conn.

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