When will extreme Second Amendments advocates stop using the oppression of marginalized bodies to advance their crusade against gun control? ‘Joe the Plumber’ (remember that character), who is running for Congress in Ohio, is the latest wanna-be politician who is employing this tactic:
In the video, Samuel Wurzelbacher loads a shotgun and fires at lemons and tomatoes placed on wooden posts. “In 1939, Germany established gun control,” he says. “From 1939 to 1945, six million Jews and seven million others, unable to defend themselves, were exterminated,” he says before ending the video by saying “I love America.”
Gun control opponents have long held that Adolf Hitler was able to seize power in Germany in part because of controls on firearms.
Here’s a video of the ad, which also links gun control to the Turkish slaughter of Armenians from 1915 to 1917.
We reached out to Mr. Wurzelbacher and got a call back from his campaign spokesman, Phil Christofanelli, who said “there’s nothing offensive” about the video and discussed how gun control may have led to slavery in the United States too.
“Joe is a student of history. He knows that the founders read John Locke and they understood that the 2nd Amendment was always the people’s last defense against tyrannical government,” he said. “They always use gun control before abusing the rights of people, so, yeah, that’s our position and that’s what was said in the video. And there’s nothing offensive about it, it’s just historical fact.”
Mr. Christofanelli said Mr. Wurzelbacher isn’t the first person to suggest gun control was partially responsible for the Holocaust.
“It’s a historical fact that Hitler implemented gun control before the Holocaust and that’s just a fact that was pointed out in the video,” Mr. Christofanelli said. “There’s an entire organization called ‘Jews For The Preservation of Firearm Ownership‘ who put forward the argument for years that gun control was a contributing factor to the Holocaust.”
In addition to the Armenian genocide and the Holocaust, Mr. Christofanelli also said gun control may have contributed the enslavement of African Americans.
“Well, blacks weren’t allowed to own guns in the south, that’s a historical fact as well,” said Mr. Christofanelli. “So, it would seem that the argument would apply there as well.”
Wait, when did these rabid, extreme gun rights advocates become so concerned about the preservation of autonomy and liberty towards people of color and other minorities? Did I miss the NRA memo that encouraged gun rights advocates to appropriate slavery, the Holocaust and other forms of genocide in an effort to draw us to their cause of dismantling gun control laws across the country?
Also? Why in the hell would anyone feel the need to actually quote Hitler and try to make sense of the many laws he implemented in an effort to restrict the liberty and movement of Jewish people in his country? Despite the belief that it makes you appear well-read and intelligent, Hitler’s eternal link to Nazism only leads sensible people to conclude these faux historians are just Nazi sympathizers out to humanize the racist, anti-Semitic leader.
Hitler was a racist who mobilized millions in his country to believe Jews and other marginalized groups were to blame for their woes, thus leading people to believe the Holocaust was just and needed. Plain and simple.
Wurzelbacher’s cherry picking of different aspects of German society is nothing short of white-washing history in an effort to make its agenda a top priority among lawmakers and citizens alike. It plays on the emotional aspects of events like slavery, institutionalized racism, the mass extermination of Jews and other marginalized bodies in an effort to drown out all logical discussion of their agenda, which includes dismantling sensible gun control laws in the name of protecting and preserving the Second Amendment. It minimizes the impact of racism, anti-Semitism, nationalism and ethnocentrism, had in these attempts to eliminate and silence POCs and other groups in the name of protecting and promoting whiteness and white privilege.
The insensitive appropriation of the shared history of the killing, oppression and marginalization of POCs and other minority groups demonstrates politicians like Wurzelbacher and reactionary gun rights activists could care less about the oppression of POCs and other marginalized groups of people. They would much rather gloss over, reduce or eliminate POCs and other marginalized bodies’ daily navigation of whiteness, anti-Semitism and racism in the name of protecting gun rights and ownership from an invisible force they believe wants to dismantle the Second Amendment.