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Gun Advocates Continue To Misappropriate The Holocaust

The heated polit­i­cal debate over gun con­trol con­tin­ues to be tainted by the inap­pro­pri­ate use of Holo­caust imagery by some gun advocates.nugent-weinstein-gun-control-hitler-nazi

One such anal­ogy sug­gests that those who sup­port stronger gun con­trol are akin to Hitler or other Nazi fig­ures. Most recently, rock musi­cian and gun advo­cate Ted Nugent com­pared film pro­ducer Har­vey Wein­stein to a Nazi pro­pa­gan­dist, stat­ing that those who watch Weinstein’s planned film about the National Rifle Asso­ci­a­tion (NRA) “will see that Joseph Goebbels and Saul Alin­sky is [sic] alive in the form of a fat punk named Har­vey Wein­stein, and as he tries to destroy the NRA, it will back­fire on him.” He also said that “you have to be brain-dead to believe that the gun-free zones of Chicago and Nurem­berg in 1938 are a desir­able condition.”

Another his­tor­i­cally inac­cu­rate anal­ogy sug­gests that if those who per­ished under the Nazis had bet­ter access to guns, the regime would not have been able to sys­tem­at­i­cally mur­der so many Jews and oth­ers. For exam­ple, in response to Jer­sey City Mayor Steven Fulop’s efforts to improve gun safety in Decem­ber 2013, NRA board mem­ber Scott Bach said, “…if you’re going to be a Jer­sey City mayor you have to by default be anti-gun…His grand­par­ents were Holo­caust sur­vivors accord­ing to Wikipedia. So you’ve got to won­der why he is not get­ting it.”

It must be noted that the small num­ber of per­sonal firearms in the hands of the small num­ber of Germany’s Jews (about 214,000) remain­ing in Ger­many in 1938 could in no way have stopped the total­i­tar­ian power of the Nazi Ger­man state. When they had weapons, Jews could sym­bol­i­cally resist, as they did in the 1943 War­saw Upris­ing and else­where, but could not stop the Nazi geno­cide machine. Gun con­trol did not cause the Holo­caust; Nazism and anti-Semitism did.

Invok­ing offen­sive Holo­caust analo­gies in dis­cus­sions of con­tro­ver­sial issues is noth­ing new. Such com­par­isons have been used by both Democ­rats and Repub­li­cans on a num­ber of issues, and by numer­ous pub­lic fig­ures when dis­cussing top­ics rang­ing from abor­tion to ani­mal rights to the Israeli-Palestinian con­flict to LGBT rights. A spike in offen­sive Holo­caust analo­gies also fol­lowed the Sandy Hook Ele­men­tary School shooting.

  • William Mogensen

    You want to know what is sad. Peo­ple com­ing in against gun rights as we find in the Con­sti­tu­tion. My fam­ily left Europe in and migrated from Ger­many and Den­mark from 1929 to 1934 prior to Nazi con­trol. I am a retired Law Enforce­ment offi­cer and know very well cit­i­zens that have proper pro­tec­tion such as firearms along with train­ing on how to use them are less likely to be vic­tims of vio­lent crime. This is sup­ported by prior stud­ies done by the FBI, ATF, and the Jus­tice Depart­ment. Besides I am a Mes­sianic Jew, a Con­sti­tu­tion­al­ist , and will defend this coun­try against any Lib­eral Social­ist style Gov­ern­ment. I have always been an advo­cate of ADL until now. espe­cially with my Law Enforce­ment back­ground. I have met elderly peo­ple that are still alive that sur­vived the Holo­caust and every­one of them have told me not to give up my guns at any cost. You can remove me from your mail­ing list.

  • James Koss, MD FAAEM

    This is a dif­fi­cult topic.

    Were I a Jew in Nazi times, an East Tim­o­rese a lit­tle while back, a Rewan­dan, or a Sudanese, or liv­ing in the CAR right now I’d pre­fer a weapon to a plea for mercy.

    I do not think a jack­booted SS trooper would be as con­fi­dent of round­ing up Jews if a few fired on him. The geno­ci­dal result may not have been changed but there would have been a lot less Nazis in the process.

    In my pro­fes­sion I know what guns can do, to the inno­cent and the guilty. I do not like what weapons can do to the human body, nor do I like total helplessness.

    I do not sup­port reg­is­tra­tion. Like a dri­ving license, pass­ing the exam does not oblig­ate one to pos­sess either an auto nor a gun. This takes the wind out of the NRA*s sails regard­ing trac­ing and confiscation.

    The NRA wants mil­i­tary weapons, I sup­port hunt­ing and small per­sonal ones only and only after a rig­or­ous safety exam. A very strict pun­ish­ment for pos­ses­sion or use with­out the exam and per­mit would more nearly ensure a safe owner vs just any­one with a few bucks and connections.

    J. Koss,MD FAAEM

  • Mario Augusto Puga Valera

    That’s the evil­ness of the “argu­men­tum ad naz­ium”. That’s why most of us detest it: it does triv­i­al­ize the tragedy and hor­ror rep­re­sented by the Third Reich.

  • Akiva

    and beyond the NRA-perpetuated fan­tasy, the entire idea of the Nazi’s
    using gun con­trol to sub­vert the pop­u­la­tion is a MYTH. The Nazi’s
    actively *armed* huge sec­tions of their civil­ian pop­u­la­tion and were
    under lit­tle to no threat of any civil­ian insur­rec­tion until well into
    the war. Party mem­bers in par­tic­u­lar were entirely exempt from gun
    reg­u­la­tions of any kind and, more over, the only group that really got
    the full brunt of any sort of “Nazi Gun Con­trol” was THE JEWS.

    Shock­ing, I know.

    who cites Hitler as an exam­ple of why gun con­trol is bad is an idiot
    with a 3rd graders under­stand­ing of His­tory and should auto­mat­i­cally be
    barred from pub­lic con­ver­sa­tion until such point they are cable of
    join­ing the rest of us at the grown-ups’ table.…/the-myth-of…/

  • eskier

    I read about how Nazi Ger­many issued laws not allow­ing Jews to own guns. If that ever hap­pened here we now know the result. As a Jew I pre­fer to have the right to own a gun. His­tory can’t repeat itself if we keep our guns. There is logic to our constitution.

  • marco

    Jews should be more pro-gun than any other group. –Signed Amer­i­can Jew­ish Zionist.