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January 17, 2014 6

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.

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December 24, 2013 16

Anti-Semite John Friend Interviews Center for Immigration Fellow on His Radio Show

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John Friend, host of “The Real­ist Report”

David North, a fel­low with the anti-immigrant group Cen­ter for Immi­gra­tion Stud­ies (CIS) appeared on “The Real­ist Report,” a radio show hosted by the vir­u­lent anti-Semite and Holo­caust denier, John Friend. The show focused on immigration.

After the inter­view with North, Friend also pro­moted his white suprema­cist views regard­ing immi­gra­tion. He wrote in the com­ments sec­tion of his web­site that he wished he asked North the fol­low­ing ques­tion: “In your view, do tra­di­tion­ally White West­ern Euro­pean coun­tries have the right to main­tain and pro­tect their tra­di­tional racial, eth­nic, and cul­tural her­itage?” Also in the com­ments sec­tion, Friend pro­moted the anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­ory that Jews are respon­si­ble for non-white immi­gra­tion to the United States.

Though CIS claims to be a main­stream orga­ni­za­tion that is against ille­gal immi­gra­tion, this is not the first exam­ple of CIS asso­ci­at­ing itself with anti-Semites. In Novem­ber of 2012, CIS cir­cu­lated an arti­cle to its mem­bers authored by Vir­ginia Aber­nethy. Aber­nethy serves on the edi­to­r­ial board of the Occi­den­tal Quar­terly, an anti-Semitic pub­li­ca­tion edited by anti-Semitic pro­fes­sor Kevin Mac­Don­ald. In May 2012, CIS legal pol­icy ana­lyst, Jon Feere, pro­vided quotes for  arti­cle titled, “‘Big Ag’ Favors Ille­gal Immi­gra­tion” in Amer­i­can Free Press (AFP), a conspiracy-oriented anti-Semitic news­pa­per run by long-time anti-Semite and Holo­caust denier, Willis Carto.

It is not clear if North knew about Friend’s anti-Semitism but even a cur­sory look at Friend’s work would have revealed his extreme views. Friend has writ­ten numer­ous anti-Semitic arti­cles for AFP and on his per­sonal web­site. His home­page con­tains quotes from Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels. In a May 2013 arti­cle on his web­site, Friend wrote, “The arro­gance, deceit, and treach­ery of the orga­nized Jew­ish com­mu­nity knows no bounds.  Adolf Hitler was quite cor­rect when he described the Jews as hav­ing an ‘unqual­i­fied capac­ity for false­hood.’” In a March 2013, arti­cle, Friend called the Holo­caust a “fake narrative.”

In March 2013, Friend also announced the cre­ation of the Amer­i­can Nation­al­ist Asso­ci­a­tion (ANA), a group which “aims to develop and advance the inter­ests of tra­di­tional White Amer­ica.” ANA’s state­ment of prin­ci­ples also reveals Friend’s anti-Semitism. The state­ment urges peo­ples of Euro­pean ances­try to “Expose and reject all forms of Com­mu­nism, Cul­tural Marx­ism, Inter­na­tional Zion­ism, Glob­al­ism, Multi-Culturalism, and all Un-American rack­ets, frauds and orga­ni­za­tions, includ­ing Usury and Inter­na­tional Finance Capitalism.”

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