Ben Carson suggests the Holocaust wouldn't have been as bad if Jews had been armed

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  •  Ben Carson suggested in his new book that gun control laws contributed to the Holocaust 
  •  Today on CNN Carson was asked to clarify his statements 
  •  Carson doubled down and said the holocaust would have been less likely had Jews been armed 

By Nikki Schwab, U.s. Political Reporter For

Published: 22:07 GMT, 8 October 2015 | Updated: 22:54 GMT, 8 October 2015


Presidential candidate Ben Carson said today that he thought the holocaust would have been less likely had the Jews been armed – and Jewish groups are already angry. 

'I think the likelihood of Hitler being able to accomplish his goals would have been greatly diminished if the people had been armed,' Carson said today on CNN. 'I'm telling you there is a reason these dictatorial people take guns first.' 

Carson was asked to clarify statements he made in his new book, 'A More Perfect Union,' that suggested gun control led to the Holocaust.


Presidential hopeful Ben Carson was asked today to explain comments he made in his book 'A More Perfect Union,' which suggested that gun control led to the holocaust 

Presidential hopeful Ben Carson was asked today to explain comments he made in his book 'A More Perfect Union,' which suggested that gun control led to the holocaust 

'Through a combination of removing guns and disseminating propaganda, the Nazis were able to carry out their evil intentions with relatively little resistance,' Carson wrote in the book. 

CNN's Wolf Blitzer asked Caron to clarify. 

'If there had been no gun control laws in Europe at the time, would six million Jews have been slaughtered?' 

Carson doubled down.  

In response, the Anti-Defamation League already pounced, according to ABC News. 

'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,' said Jonathan Greenblatt, National Director of the group. '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.' 

It's been a bad week for the Carson campaign when it comes to guns and Nazis. 

On Tuesday, on Fox, Carson made comments that seemingly disparaged the nine dead and nine injured in last week's school shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon. 

'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,"' Carson said.  

Yesterday he appeared on CBS This Morning and dug the hole deeper. 

He told host Norah O'Donnell he hadn't heard of Chris Mintz, the army vet who barricaded the door and prevented the shooter from entering in Oregon – exactly the kind of stand Carson suggested that people make. 

He also miffed some voters when he suggested that kindergarten teachers be armed. On The View, he explained that they'd need to be trained in 'diversionary tactics' too. 

Moving to the topic of Nazis, at a campaign event in New Hampshire last week, Carson said to an audience that many people don't believe someone like Adolf Hitler could come to power in the United States.

'I beg to differ,' Carson said, according to CNN's account. 'If you go back and look at the history of the world, tyranny and despotism and how it starts, it has a lot to do with control of thought and control of speech.' 

Reporters questioned Carson's remark directly after the speech, asking the candidate who he views as Hitler in the United States.

'I’m not going to go into that,' Carson said. 'I think that example is pretty clear.'

It wasn't, and Carson was again asked to explain his remarks when he appeared on The View. 

Panelist Whoopi Goldberg tried to explain the exchange to her viewers, saying that Carson said Hitler could come here.

'That's not what I said,' Carson corrected. 'That's the spin, that's the spin.'

The retired neurosurgeon said he purposely brought up Hitler because 'I knew the left wing would go crazy,' he said.

'What I said was most of the people in Nazi Germany did not believe in what Hitler was doing, but did they speak up? No. They kept their mouth shut,' Carson began.

'And when you do that you are compromising your freedom and the freedom of people who came behind you,' he continued. 'You have to be willing to stand up ... I want people in America to be willing to stand up for what they believe in.' 



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