Don't blame the police. They can't stop machine guns from being run back and forth across the state lines. They can't enforce laws that don't exist.... Instead of trying to hide the facts, get busy and see that laws are passed that will do some good.... Pass a federal law that puts the gun in the same class as drugs and white slavery. Put teeth in the deportation act. These gangsters don't belong in this country; half of them aren't even citizens. I'll tell you what to do. Make laws and see that they're obeyed, if we have to have marshall law to do it... The army will help, so will the American Legion.... Let's get wise to ourselves. We're fighting organized murder.
Ben Hecht (1893–1964), U.S. writer, screenwriter, Seton I. Miller, screenwriter, John Lee Mahin, screenwriter, and W.R. Burnett, screenwriter. Mr. Garston (Purnell Pratt), Scarface, publisher's appeal for tougher laws to combat gang wars (1932).