Joe the Plumber: Gun Control Contributed to Holocaust
Video: In campaign ad, he says victims couldn't defend themselves
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 19, 2012 4:32 PM CDT
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(Newser) – "Joe the Plumber" is running for Congress in Ohio, and a new campaign video in which he criticizes gun-control laws is raising a few eyebrows. In it, Samuel Wurzelbacher says this: "In 1939, Germany established gun control. From 1939 to 1945, six million Jews and seven million others, unable to defend themselves, were exterminated.” He makes a similar point about the Armenian genocide.

Some reaction:

  • Jewish Democrats: "Using the memories of the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust to make a political point is never appropriate, under any circumstances," says the National Jewish Democratic Coalition, according to the Hill.
  • Wurzelbacher himself: “People need to understand what happened," he tells Politico. "Different countries around the world have tried to disarm their citizens, and then have tried to exterminate their own now-unarmed citizens."

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Jun 20, 2012 12:37 PM CDT
it was prejudice that killed millions of people..guns don't kill...people do
Jun 20, 2012 12:36 PM CDT
No one's trying to disarm the law-abiding citizenry, Joe, so they can start rounding people up for mass execution. Good grief. Gun rights have expanded under Obama, in fact.
Jun 20, 2012 10:46 AM CDT
Like Joe or hate Joe, he's not wrong. Even Holocaust survivors believe Hitler's 1938 Gun Control Act contributed to the Holocaust. Disarmament usually precedes internment. Interview with a Dachau survivor: