Presidential candidate Ben Carson caught major flack for stating that German civilian disarmament enabled the Holocaust. Anti-gun commentators and Jewish organizations alike condemned the statement. To its eternal shame, the Anti-Defamation League issued a statement saying “the notion that Hitler’s gun-control policy contributed to the Holocaust is historically inaccurate . . . gun control did not cause the Holocaust; Nazism and anti-Semitism did.” See what they did there? Conflating cause and methodology. The truth is . . .
Those who say the Nazis would have exterminated the Jews even if they’d been armed to the teeth miss the point: the Nazis used gun control to gain, establish and consolidate power. There wouldn’t have been a Third Reich, nor a Jewish holocaust, without gun control. Gun Control in the Third Reich establishes this fact clearly, in nightmarish detail. But the final word belongs to Hitler himself, allowing that you can substitute the word “citizens” for “subject races” without changing the meaning of his rant.
“The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms. History shows that all conquerors who allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared for their own downfall is so doing.”
Carson’s detractors have an anti-gun, pro-statist axe to grind. His supporters know the truth about guns.