During a CNN interview on Thursday, Ben Carson said that Hitler would not have been able to murder as many Jews as he did during the Holocaust if the Nazis had not taken their guns away.
Carson made the same argument last week in comments he made about the Umpqua Community College shooting in Oregon. At that time, he defended the Second Amendment and made the suggestion that victims of the shooting should have fought the gunman.
The Republican presidential nominee contender has had frequent bouts in the spotlight over the last few weeks after making controversial statements in regards to homosexuality, the possibility of a Muslim president, and saying in reference to the Oregon shooting that he would not have allowed the gunman to shoot him without putting up a fight.
Although asserting that the media has been taking his comments out of context, he continues to hold fast to the basic spirit of what he said.
Ben Carson discusses gun control and the Holocaust. Photo credit: YouTube/News TRENDING
Carson’s views are right in line with those of the conservative GOP. He is running in direct competition against Donald Trump, and so far is the more popular of the two in the public eye.
He expands on his beliefs about gun control, and his political beliefs in general, in his recently released book, “A More Perfect Union: What We the People Can Do to Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties.”
The candidate says that Nazi Germany is a perfect example of why citizens’ gun rights should not be curtailed.
Interviewer Wolf Blitzer asked him to clarify his statements to which he replied that Hitler would not have been able to accomplish his goals to the extent that he did if the Jews had been armed. On further query by the interviewer he added, “I’m telling you that there is a reason that these dictatorial people take the guns first.”
Carson staunchly defends his comments and says that they are not at all exaggerated.
Jonathan Greenblatt, national director of the Anti-Defamation League National Director, disagrees. In an opinion piece that appeared in the Huffington Post on Saturday he stated, “It is mind-bending to suggest that personal firearms in the hands of the small number of Germany’s Jews (about 214,000 remaining in Germany in 1938) could have stopped the totalitarian onslaught of Nazi Germany when the armies of Poland, France, Belgium and numerous other countries were overwhelmed by the Third Reich.”
Carson, a retired neurosurgeon with no government experience, still seems to be holding relatively steady in his approval numbers despite his controversial views. He was perceived favorably by 45 percent of respondents and negatively by 27 percent in a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll.
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