Friday, February 8, 2013

Tying Hitler’s Holocaust to gun control advocated by NRA's Wayne LaPierre since 1994

On Fox News—where else?—Andrew Napolitano, a senior judicial analyst, said on Jan. 10, “If the Jews in the Warsaw ghetto had had the firepower and the ammunition that the Nazis did, some of Poland might have stayed free and more persons would have survived the Holocaust.”  Anthony Polonsky, a professor of Holocaust studies at Brandeis University, questions another comparison of the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, in which about 750 Jews took up arms, killed about 25 Nazis and briefly slowed the deportation of Jews to concentration camps.

Polonsky admits in a Religious Newsarticle by Lauren Markoe that “this uprising was the largest single Jewish revolt against the Nazis. But the Nazis killed thousands of Jews in the Warsaw ghetto, and the 50,000 who survived were sent to concentration camps.”  Polonsky added, “The people who participated in it were killed.”  More comparisons by gun rights advocates over the years have used the Russian pogroms from the early 20th century and also the American slavery movement after the Civil War.

Others have joined the chorus of lunatics, one such was John Rocker, former major league pitcher who wrote on about “the undeniable fact that the Holocaust would never have taken place had the Jewish citizenry of Hitler’s Germany had the right to bear arms and defend themselves with those arms.”  Rocker was also accused of being racist, homophobic, and sexist for comments he made about New York.  And then Jonathan E. Grant railed on about pro-gun control Jews using the Holocaust once again.

Cartoon video of NRA gun nut blasted on Holocaust theory:
There were others like Tea Party backed Samuel Wurzelbacher, “Joe the Plumber,” who related, “In 1939 Germany established gun control; from 1939 to 1945 6 million Jews, 7 million others, unable to defend themselves, were exterminated.”  And once again, Wurzelbacher is the same one who proposed in Prescott, AZ, that we should start shooting at the border to prevent illegal immigration.  All loosely connected (LaPierre, Napolitano, Rocker and Wurzelbacher) but each an extremist in his own way, and a threat to sanity.

On Piers Morgan Tonight, conspiracy peddler Alex Jones ranted on about how "Hitler took the guns, Stalin took the guns, Mao took the guns, Fidel Castro took the guns, Hugo Chávez took the guns, and I'm here to tell you, 1776 will commence again if you try to take our firearms.”  The “Hitler” approach dates back to “when opponents of a Chicago proposal to ban handguns invoked it in the largely Jewish suburb of Skokie by "reminding village residents that the Nazis disarmed the Jews as a preliminary to sending them to the gas chambers.”

A new pro-gun group called Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership in 1989 began arguing that the 1968 federal gun control bill once favored by the NRA's old guard "was lifted, almost in its entirety, from Nazi legislation."  It wasn’t.  And then in 1994 JPFO founder Aaron Zelman called on the NRA to take a shot at the alleged connection between gun control and the Holocaust.  Zelman made his case which you can read in a Mother Jones article by Gavin Aronsen.  Aronsen isn’t sure Zelman’s plea helped but comments:

“Whether or not the NRA was influenced by his advice, that same year its CEO, Wayne LaPierre, published Guns, Crime, and Freedom, in which he claimed, ‘In Germany, firearm registration helped lead to the holocaust,’ leaving citizens ‘defenseless against tyranny and the wanton slaughter of a whole segment of its population.’”  The following year, President George H.W. Bush famously resigned from the NRA after LaPierre attacked federal law enforcement officials as ‘jack-booted government thugs’ who wore ‘Nazi bucket helmets and black storm trooper uniforms.’”

Whatever conclusions one might draw from these conspiracy theories, it is clear they all originate within a sick gun culture with Wayne LaPierre and his band of gun worshippers always at the root of the problem.  Unless we get rid of wacky Wayne and his gang of gun nuts, mass shootings will continue, daily shootings will blossom even further with more and more guns on the street, and Americans will be forced to endure the tragedy of gun violence.  How many more little children ages 6 and 7 must be massacred to make this point clear?

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