Combating the Deadly Art of Jiu-Jitsu, 1924 Edition

Here is yet another gem from Lee Kennett and James LaVerne Anderson’s The Gun in America (1975). They write: “The most vehement opponent of the [1924] Miller Bill [banning mail-order pistol sales] was Congressman Thomas Blanton of Texas. It would not work, he insisted, since the criminal would get a gun in spite of any law. … Most of all, Blanton argued that firearms in the proper hands were the best defense against aggression, foreign or domestic, military or criminal.”

In Blanton’s own words:

I want to say this: I hope that every American boy, whether he is from Texas, New York, or Washington, will know how to use a six-shooter. I hope he will learn from his hip to hit a dime twenty paces off. It would be their only means of defense in combating that deadly art of jiu-jitsu in close quarters should war ever face them with such danger. It is not brave men who know how to shoot straight that violate laws or carry concealed weapons.

I hope every woman in America will learn how to use a revolver. I hope she will not use it but I hope she will know how. It will be for her safety; it will safeguard her rights and it will prevent her rights from being jeopardized. That is what the framers of this Constitution had in mind when they said the Congress should never infringe upon the right to keep firearms in the home.

pp. 200-201 (emphasis added)
Jiu-jitsu and Rifles. Photo from “The Foundations of Japan: Notes Made During Journeys Of 6,000 Miles In The Rural Districts As A Basis For A Sounder Knowledge Of The Japanese People”, by J.W. Robertson Scott, published 1922 Source: Project Gutenberg

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