Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson has waded deeper into a row over gun control by claiming that Jewish people in Nazi Germany might have been able to prevent the Holocaust if they had been armed.
Carson was quizzed on CNN over comments in his new book, A More Perfect Union: What We the People Can Do to Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties, which cites Nazi Germany to argue that the right to bear arms should not be curtailed.
CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked him: “Just clarify, if there had been no gun control laws in Europe at that time, would six million Jews have been slaughtered?”
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Carson replied: “I think the likelihood of Hitler being able to accomplish his goals would have been greatly diminished if the people had been armed … I’m telling you that there is a reason that these dictatorial people take the guns first.”
The former neurosurgeon is currently polling in second place in the race to become the Republican presidential candidate, behind front-runner Donald Trump.
His comments risk further fuelling the outrage that greeted recent remarks on the killing of nine people last week at Umpqua Community College in Oregon.
Asked how he would have responded, following reports that Christopher Harper-Mercer had asked victims whether they were Christian before killing them, Carson told Fox News: “Not only would I probably not cooperate with him, I would not just stand there and let him shoot me.
“I would say, ‘Hey guys, everybody attack him. He may shoot me, but he can’t get us all.’”
However, Carson’s gung-ho attitude was undermined by a story he shared with SiriusXM radio on Thursday, in which he recalled being threatened with a gun in a Popeyes chicken restaurant in Baltimore on an unspecified date.
“The guy comes in, put the gun in my ribs,” Carson said. “And I just said, ‘I believe that you want the guy behind the counter’ … I redirected him.”
What happened to the person behind the counter was not elaborated upon. Baltimore police department said “there was not enough info to identify a police report in reference to the incident … Date and location would assist in locating report.”
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Outspoken remarks by Carson, who has no experience of serving in government, have won him both praise – along with a boost in the polls – and condemnation.
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After he called for kindergarten teachers to be armed, Erica Lafferty – whose mother, school principal Dawn Hochsprung, was one of 26 people killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre – told the Guardian: “Ben Carson’s comments are insensitive to anyone who has ever been personally affected by gun violence.
“My mother was an elementary school principal, not a marine who signed up to be on the frontlines of a shootout.”
Carson also provoked a backlash when he said last month that he “absolutely would not agree” with a Muslim becoming US president.
By Claire Phipps, The Guardian
12 Replies to “Ben Carson claims Jewish people might have stopped Holocaust if they had guns”
I don’t unremarkably comment but I gotta say thank you for the post on this special one .
The best thing about guns in the hands of law abiding citizens is that you rarely ever have to use them.
The threat of equal and opposite force keeps governments (foreign AND domestic) in balance. What they have in SUPERIOR equipment, we have in inferior equipment and NUMBERS.
Ivanka Trump is Jewish. So is Obama’s half brother, Mark. Michael (Michelle) Obama’s cousin. Funnye Capers is America’s most “important” black rabbi (Chicago).
“Netanyahu” was born to Benzene Mileikowsky. He is a garden variety Khazar-Polak.
How is it the deluded world thinks these people are offspring the the ancient Israelites, who were 99% completely gone from the Levant by 700 BC ?
Furthermore…what would the “Jews” have done with the guns that might have saved them — shot the fleas that caused the typhus that killed them?
If the Al lies hadn’t bombed all the supply lines into the work camps, there would have been no “holocaust.” My God, when will the world get beyond these fairy tales?
Yeah for Mr Carson, if you don’t stand up for your self, against people who are out to murder you , what have you got to lose? It’s better to put up a fight and die trying than just putting your head down and getting on the train to daccau?????? Oh,, does any body remember some guys in France, who did just that ? I think the French thought it was the right course of action. But then i’m not a lib just a stupid Ben Carson supporter?
carson was 100 percent right. If the jewish people in Germany had been armed they could have fought back.
Albert, you are wrong. the Jews are not the Terrorist. The Jewish people are just trying to mind their own business, and keep their “promised” land; The land that was given to them by GOD through a “blood” covenant. That “blood” covenant has not been done away with and it is going to be fulfilled very soon. The Jewish people are going to get every inch of land that GOD has promised them. There never has been a people named Palestinian(s). For your information “Palestine” is a Jewish name, not Arab. These Arabs belong in Jordan with their own people. They are not Jewish and do not belong in Israel. The best thing that Israel could do is expel every Arab and Muslim from the land of Israel; And Netanyahu should do that immediately. He should never agree to give up anymore of GOD’s land. GOD’s Holy Word says that Jerusalem, Israel belongs to HIM, that HIS name is on the Title.
For certain. Under 2 conditions. They knew how to use it and were WILLING to do so.
Ben does make a good point.
Ben Carson is absolutely right; dictators always take away the means of self-protection from their citizens.
Albert, I assume you are talking about the Old Testament when you so disrespectfully say, “the book they wrote.” You might want to dig out a world map, look at how big Israel is, and ask yourself why Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and all the other Islamic nations surrounding Israel didn’t take in their brethren decades ago.
Yes, Ben Carson is right. Dictators take away the citizens’ rights to protect themselves. We here in the USA should be just as frightened of all the politicians in Washington who are attempting to do the same thing in this country as Hitler (and others) have done throughout history. We, the people, must be able to protect ourselves from the tyrants in government.
The Jews invented genocide, brag about it in the book they wrote, and are committing slow motion genocide on the Palestinians.
You have your facts all wrong. The Israelis are only protecting themselves. It is the Palestinians who continually bombard Israel, making every attempt to wipe out that little country that sits in the middle of all of those Muslim countries. Israel only fires back when provoked.