Once again, liberal heads are exploding because GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson has simply told the truth. It’s almost (notice I said almost) humorous the way liberal commentators try to spin Dr. Carson’s comments. As usual, there’s no logical response to Dr. Carson’s argument.
This time, David Graham, writing for The Atlantic, takes Dr. Carson’s gun control comment, gives it a 180 spin and then ties it up with a “gaffe” bow.
Gaffe Track: Did Gun Control Cause the Holocaust?
The candidate: Ben Carson. Welcome back, doctor!The gaffe: On CNN Thursday, Carson was asked about a passage in his book A More Perfect Union suggesting that gun regulation during 1930s Germany meant Jews couldn’t resist the Nazis. The Republican candidate didn’t flinch: “I think the likelihood of Hitler being able to accomplish his goals would have been greatly diminished if the people had been armed. There’s a reason these dictatorial people take the guns first.” Graham continues: The gaffe also cements Carson’s penchant for poorly considered remarks—comparing the U.S. to Nazi Germany elsewhere, or likening ISIS to the Founding Fathers.
Dr. Carson never compares Nazi Germany to the United States, nor did he ever claim gun control caused the Holocaust. But that comment sounds good if you’re a left-wing liberal trying to paint a dedicated American patriot, a successful conservative black presidential candidate who refuses to drink the liberal Kool-Aid, as a gaffe-prone joker.
Everyone, except perhaps David Graham, knows the Holocaust was caused by sick hatred and anti-Semitism — a really bad combination on any day. On a broader scale, it was enabled by ordinary citizens who either actively participated or looked the other way, while their government blamed the ills of German society on its Jewish citizens. Hatred for those Jewish citizens was stirred up and stoked at every opportunity.
One of the very important lessons to be learned from this history was highlighted in a National Review article (Graham referred to the same piece in his post as a perfect example of right-wing nuttiness), which pointed out that the German government had a systematic scheme to first register, and then confiscate, all privately-owned firearms. In the end, this rendered the Jewish citizens completely unable to defend themselves or their property — from both the government tyrants and the crazed citizens. This was exactly Dr. Carson’s point.
In 1931, Weimar authorities discovered plans for a Nazi takeover in which Jews would be denied food and persons refusing to surrender their guns within 24 hours would be executed. They were written by Werner Best, a future Gestapo official. In reaction to such threats, the government authorized the registration of all firearms and the confiscation thereof, if required for “public safety.” The interior minister warned that the records must not fall into the hands of any extremist group.
In 1933, the ultimate extremist group, led by Adolf Hitler, seized power and used the records to identify, disarm, and attack political opponents and Jews. Constitutional rights were suspended, and mass searches for and seizures of guns and dissident publications ensued. Police revoked gun licenses of Social Democrats and others who were not “politically reliable.”
During the five years of repression that followed, society was “cleansed” by the National Socialist regime. Undesirables were placed in camps where labor made them “free,” and normal rights of citizenship were taken from Jews. The Gestapo banned independent gun clubs and arrested their leaders. Gestapo counsel Werner Best issued a directive to the police forbidding issuance of firearm permits to Jews.
In 1938, Hitler signed a new Gun Control Act. Now that many “enemies of the state” had been removed from society, some restrictions could be slightly liberalized, especially for Nazi Party members. But Jews were prohibited from working in the firearms industry, and .22 caliber hollow-point ammunition was banned. The time had come to launch a decisive blow to the Jewish community, to render it defenseless so that its “ill-gotten” property could be redistributed as an entitlement to the German “Volk.” The German Jews were ordered to surrender all their weapons, and the police had the records on all who had registered them. Even those who gave up their weapons voluntarily were turned over to the Gestapo.
This took place in the weeks before what became known as the Night of the Broken Glass, or Kristallnacht, occurred in November 1938. That the Jews were disarmed before it, minimizing any risk of resistance, is the strongest evidence that the pogrom was planned in advance. An incident was needed to justify unleashing the attack.
That incident would be the shooting of a German diplomat in Paris by a teenage Polish Jew. Hitler directed propaganda minister Josef Goebbels to orchestrate the Night of the Broken Glass. This massive operation, allegedly conducted as a search for weapons, entailed the ransacking of homes and businesses, and the arson of synagogues.
SS chief Heinrich Himmler decreed that 20 years be served in a concentration camp by any Jew possessing a firearm. Rusty revolvers and bayonets from the Great War were confiscated from Jewish veterans who had served with distinction. Twenty thousand Jewish men were thrown into concentration camps, and had to pay ransoms to get released.
The U.S. media covered the above events. And when France fell to Nazi invasion in 1940, the New York Times reported that the French were deprived of rights such as free speech and firearm possession just as the Germans had been. Frenchmen who failed to surrender their firearms within 24 hours were subject to the death penalty.
No wonder that in 1941, just days before the Pearl Harbor attack, Congress reaffirmed Second Amendment rights and prohibited gun registration. In 1968, bills to register guns were debated, with opponents recalling the Nazi experience and supporters denying that the Nazis ever used registration records to confiscate guns. The bills were defeated, as every such proposal has been ever since, including recent “universal background check” bills.
When you consider Dr. Carson’s statement in the context of the HISTORY of the Holocaust, it’s a no brainer. For that matter, when you consider the HISTORY of the United States, it’s fair to say the Revolutionary War was started over British attempts to confiscate weapons and ammo from colonists. David Graham might not be free to express his liberal opinion today had the colonists not resisted a tyrant’s order to fork over their guns.
It’s clear to me Dr. Carson has a clear understanding of tyrants and why they don’t want an armed populace. But here’s the interview — what do you think?
[Note: This article was written by Ashley Edwardson]