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January 25, 2013 1

Oklahoma Anti-Immigrant Group Blames Jews For Promoting Gun Control

The anti-immigrant group Immi­gra­tion Reform for Okla­homa Now (IRON), based in Jenks, cir­cu­lated its lat­est newslet­ter on Jan­u­ary 11, 2013, with a head­line that blamed Jews for push­ing “gun dis­ar­ma­ment” and asked read­ers not to let Jews “suc­ceed in shred­ding America’s Con­sti­tu­tion.” The newslet­ter then attempted to jus­tify the head­line by pro­mot­ing the anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­ory that Jews con­trol Hol­ly­wood and claim­ing that promi­nent Jew­ish politicians/businesspersons are the most vocal gun con­trol advocates.

IRON tried to blame gun vio­lence on Jews by claim­ing that “Jew­ish mil­lion­aires con­trol Hol­ly­wood enter­tain­ment [sic] feed­ing TV media, vio­lent movies with porno­graphic inserts.  IRON went on to claim, “They must take respon­si­bil­ity for glam­or­iz­ing vio­lence AND GUNS, depict­ing rou­tine gun vio­lence, ter­ror, vig­i­lante rape, pornog­ra­phy, and pro­fan­ity.” The newslet­ter then called Jews “hyp­ocrites” for allegedly want­ing to con­trol guns while sup­pos­edly glo­ri­fy­ing guns in the media.

The newslet­ter also included  a list of “gun con­trol voices,” includ­ing Sen. Bar­bara Boxer (D-CA); Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY); Sen. Frank Laut­en­berg (D-NJ); Sen. Richard Blu­men­thal (D-CT); for­mer Sen­a­tor Joe Lieber­man, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel—all Jew­ish polit­i­cal figures.

The list then sin­gled out Jew­ish bil­lion­aire George Soros, call­ing him the “Agenda 21 finance tycoon.” Agenda 21 is a United Nations action plan aimed at pro­mot­ing sus­tain­able devel­op­ment, which many anti-government and far-right groups claim will result in the United States giv­ing up its sov­er­eignty.  The list also men­tioned the Jew­ish mayor of New York City, Michel Bloomberg, claim­ing that he “funded [a] super PAC tar­get­ing pro-gun candidates.”

The anti-Semitic rant by IRON is per­plex­ing for a group whose pur­pose is “inform­ing tax­pay­ers of the enor­mous costs of ille­gal immi­gra­tion.” This rhetoric reveals that the group har­bors big­otry beyond anti-immigrant sen­ti­ment.  IRON is listed by the DC-based anti-immigrant group Fed­er­a­tion for Amer­i­can Immi­gra­tion Reform as a state con­tact for Oklahoma.

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