Quote Originally Posted by Hrafn
But your argument that brutal dictatorships starts off with disarming the people doesn't hold water.

The Weimar republic was disarmed by the victors of the Great War, not Hitler.
I see the point you're trying to make, but you are a little shaky historically on this point.

The Weimar Republic was the interwar government, and was only disarmed by the Allies in the sense that the standing military force could only be a set number. Private citizens were not disarmed by the Allied powers at Versailles.

It was this loophole in the armistice that Hitler used to re-arm Germany in the 1930s. Military men were discharged...with their weapons...and a new batch of recruits were brought in to replace them.

Also, Hitler used the Enabling Act after the Reichstag Fire in 1933 to give himself dictatorial powers, and then proceeded to make all political parties illegal, with the exception of the Nazis. Once that was accomplished, it was easy to disarm those opposed to his agendas, which he did, to take a strangle hold of German politics. That's why, despite the fact that the Nazis never achieved a majority in any election, they maintained power, and coerced millions of non-Nazified Germans into going along with Nazi programs without the smallest hint of an armed uprising.