My grandfather refused to join the National Rifle Association. In fact, he was adamantly against joining it for a very simple reason. One thing that Adolf Hitler supposedly did early on was grab the rosters of groups like the NRA and round up the guns from those they were seeking to oppress. How accurate this is has to be debated since it does not appear to be in the historical record. However, having one’s name in a register of guns is definitely a risky proposition.
Still, it is not accurate to claim that any kind of slaughter of citizens occurred because of reasonable controls of guns, but rather because of a stripping away of all rights and the imposition of tyranny.
Samuel Wurzelbacher is running for Congress in Ohio against Marcy Kaptur..
In the above ad, Wurzelbacher states “In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were exterminated. . .In 1939, Germany established gun control. . .From 1939 to 1945, six million Jews and seven million others unable to defend themselves were exterminated. . .I love America.”
The National Jewish Democratic Council has already slammed the video with David Harris, the president of the NJDC, calling it “beyond the pale” and called on Wurzelbacher to “apologize and remove this offensive video immediately.”
However, his spokesman has already been contact and just made things worse saying that there is nothing offensive about the video and even going as far as saying “Well, blacks weren’t allowed to own guns in the south, that’s a historical fact as well. So, it would seem that the argument would apply there as well.”
In actuality, what caused the Holocaust was not a lack of gun ownership, but rather a perversion of the democratic process. The law that Wurzelbacher makes reference to, the 1938 German Weapons Act, actually deregulated all long barrel weapons, shotguns and ammunition. In fact, you did not need to acquire a permit to buy a rifle, shotgun or the associated ammunition. A permit was still needed for a handgun. The law did restrict Jews from owning weapons, but by that point, the German attempts to degrade and destroy the Jewish population in Germany was already underway.
So, in actuality, the Nazi’s deregulated gun ownership completely. Of course, Republicans never like to let facts get in the way of fearmongering.