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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 20, 2021

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Media Availability: Ken Blackwell, Ambassador and former Ohio Secretary of State and Lori Roman, President, ACRU

Disarming Americans is the Best Way to Enslave Them

When Gun Rights Are Lost, All Rights Are Lost

Naples, FL — In a recent editorial, American Constitutional Rights Union (ACRU) Policy Board member Ken Blackwell and ACRU President Lori Roman, note gun rights are the lynchpin of all rights and an essential underpinning of true freedom. Throughout modern history, dangerous authoritarians are the ones who prioritize gun confiscation from law-abiding citizens.

Blackwell and Roman write in a recent editorial, “Modern history provides troubling proof that loss of liberty is preceded by disarmament of citizens. This week, the most obvious example is right before our eyes as we watch the Cuban people pleading for freedom. Fidel Castro took control of Cuba in 1959 and immediately called for removing all guns from citizens. His new communist regime sent agents door to door to coerce citizens into turning over their firearms.”

Roman and Blackwell continue, “If you think it could not happen here, recall the confiscation of thousands of home-defense firearms during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Local and “imported” law enforcement officers from outside states went door to door to take firearms from U.S. citizens at a time when the citizens needed them most.”

It’s time to sound the alarm when present-day Democrats’ so-called “common-sense gun laws” sound remarkably like the gun laws imposed by Vladimir Putin in Russia with psychiatric examinations, burdensome government classes, home inspections by government agents, written tests, and registration.

Blackwell explains, “Democrats have a sordid history of gun control, despite their attempts to rewrite that history. Long before Joe Biden told CNN’s Anderson Cooper he was coming for our guns, the Democrats were using gun control to restrict freedom and concentrate Democrat power. Long before Vice President Harris proudly proclaimed she was for “mandatory gun buy-backs” (or “gun confiscation” for those who are not adept at reading between Leftist lines) the Democrats were in the business of confiscation. Long before this Administration nominated an Attorney General and an ATF Director who openly oppose the 2nd Amendment, the Southern Democratic Party used the Ku Klux Klan to take guns away from Black Americans.”

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