Ben Car­son Holo­caust gun gaffe

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY JOSH JACK­MAN

A REPUB­LI­CAN pres­i­den­tial can­di­date has been con­demned for say­ing that Holo­caust vic­tims might have stopped the geno­cide if they had been armed.

Ben Car­son, 64, who is cur­rently polling sec­ond in the race to be­come the Repub­li­can con­tender for next year’s elec­tion, said that “the like­li­hood of Adolf 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 Anti-Defama­tion League’s na­tional di­rec­tor Jonathan Green­blatt said: “Ben Car­son has a right to his views on gun con­trol, but the no­tion that Hitler’s gun-con­trol pol­icy con­trib­uted to the Holo­caust is his­tor­i­cally in­ac­cu­rate.

“The small num­ber of per­sonal firearms avail­able to Ger­many’s Jews in 1938 could in no way have stopped the to­tal­i­tar­ian power of the Nazi Ger­man state.”

PHOTO: AP

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