Prohibition, Gun Control, and the Constitution

At the beginning of the 20th century, many Americans considered alcohol a national curse and believed that a federal ban on alcohol would lower the crime rate, among other things.

“The ratification of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution–which banned the manufacture, transportation and sale of intoxicating liquors–ushered in a period in American history known as Prohibition. The result of a widespread temperance movement during the first decade of the 20th century. Prohibition was difficult to enforce, despite the passage of companion legislation known as the Volstead Act. The increase of the illegal production and sale of liquor (known as “bootlegging”), the proliferation of speakeasies (illegal drinking spots) and the accompanying rise in gang violence and other crimes led to waning support for Prohibition by the end of the 1920s. In early 1933, Congress adopted a resolution proposing a 21st Amendment to the Constitution that would repeal the 18th. It was ratified by the end of that year, bringing the Prohibition era to a close.”

In short, prohibition was a complete failure.  And the primary unintended consequence may have been the creation of Charles “Lucky” Luciano’s National Crime Syndicate and the hundreds of millions of dollars which flowed into the coffers of these crime lords as a result.

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Again, though unintended, prohibition financed organized crime, primarily New York’s five Mafia families, as well as the Chicago Outfit.

They now had the capital to branch out into other areas of crime on a grand scale, such as labor racketeering, drug trafficking, and murder for hire.

The proponents of Prohibition had promised the American people that a decrease in the manufacturing, distribution, and sale of alcohol crime would decrease, church attendance would increase, families would become more stable, birds would sing late into the morning, flowers would bloom, children would run and play, and that all would be right with the world.

But crime didn’t decrease as proponents of prohibition had promised.  And many of the other promises didn’t come true either. Numerous studies, which are undisputed, show crime actually rose.

Now many Democrat lawmakers want to try prohibition again.  Only this time alcohol isn’t their target, but firearms.

And the current promise of lawmakers if a new prohibition is enacted on the manufacturing, distribution, and sale of guns?

If only honest, law-abiding citizens had less access to things like semi-automatic weapons, all Americans would be safer.

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton drove this point home during her acceptance speech at the 2016 Democrat National Convention.

She said, “I’m not here to repeal the Second Amendment. I’m not here to take away your guns” she bellowed, “I just don’t want you to be shot by someone who shouldn’t have a gun in the first place.”

Mrs. Clinton then went on to say that we need “common sense” gun laws.

And how will she work this miracle?  Your guess is as good as mine.  But if she is elected President, my guess is she will probably put forth another prohibition law.


Jerry Johnson

Jerry Johnson was the former Director of the Apologetics Group and President of Nicene Council. He was the senior writer/researcher for numerous documentaries including the best-selling Amazing Grace: The History & Theology of Calvinism. In the 1990s he served as Executive Director of the Christian Coalition of Hillsborough County Florida. He currently holds an M.A. in Christian Studies and a M. Phil. in Christian Apologetics. He lives with his wife of nearly 30 years and has four children and four grandchildren.

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