To your typical Republican, “Holocaust” and “Nazis” are synonyms for “bad” — the full magnitude of what happened is completely beyond their mental reach.
This is why they can call people who advocate for equal rights “Nazis.”
Dr. Carson demonstrated this again when he blamed gun control for the Holocaust, saying that the Holocaust could’ve been “greatly diminished” if Germans had access to guns. And riding to defend the good doctor is another good doctor: Fox News crank Keith Ablow.
History according to Dr. Ablow
Dr. Keith Ablow is (in)famous for his controversial and nonsensical positions. For instance, because we’re painfully inching towards gender equality, that now makes it okay to hit women — instead of the adult assumption that it’s not okay to hit anyone regardless of gender. He’s also blamed Obama for Americans joining ISIL, and blamed Michael Brown’s step father for Brown’s death.
Ablow is also Jewish, so right-wingers are certainly going to be waiting for me to say a Jewish man is wrong about the Holocaust.
Wait no longer: Ablow is utterly wrong about the Holocaust.
In an op-ed on Friday entitled “Why Ben Carson is right about Jews, the Holocaust and guns,” he went even further in arguing that German Jews should’ve been fighting the Nazi government from the start:
The mindset that Jews surrendered with their guns is far more important than the hardware they turned over: They surrendered the demonstrated intention, at all costs, to resist being deprived of liberty. If Jews in Germany had more actively resisted the Nazi party or the Nazi regime and had diagnosed it as a malignant and deadly cancer from the start, there would, indeed, have been a chance for the people of that country and the world to be moved to action by their bold refusal to be enslaved.
Carson merely suggested earlier in the week that “I think the likelihood of Hitler being able to accomplish his goals would have been greatly diminished if the people had been armed,” and added that “There’s a reason that these dictatorial people take the guns first.”
He even doubled down on his comments during an appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America:
That’s total foolishness. I’d be happy to discuss that in-depth with anybody but it is well-known that in many places where tyranny has taken over, they first disarm the people. There’s a reason they disarm the people. They don’t just do it arbitrarily.
Ablow felt that this is an accurate representation of history, and while he admitted that “hindsight is 20/20,” he still faulted Holocaust victims for not fighting back.
Yes, that’s right. A Jewish man is blaming Holocaust victims for not fighting back. The Warsaw Uprising must not exist in his universe.
He added in his piece that:
It turns out it was a bad idea for any Jew to have turned over a gun. It was a bad idea for any Jew to have boarded a train. It was a bad idea for any Jew to have passed through a gate into a camp. It was a bad idea for any Jew to do any work at any such camp. It was a bad idea for any Jew to not attempt to crush the skull or scratch out the eyes of any Nazi who turned his back for one moment. And every bullet that would have been fired into a Nazi coming to a doorway to confiscate a gun from a Jew would have been a sacred bullet
This goes beyond hindsight. Ablow is conveniently forgetting just how widely supported Hitler was at the time: Henry Ford, the all-American business man, was an ardent supporter, as was Charles Lindbergh.
Mechanized death on the scale of the Holocaust had never been seen before; part of the reason the Holocaust was so horrifying was because nobody had thought that something so inhuman could exist on such a grand scale.
Conservatives, meanwhile, have turned the word into the equivalent of, “I don’t want Brussels sprouts for dinner.”
Furthermore, as I noted above, the Jewish people in the Warsaw Ghetto had firearms. The entire notion that Hitler used restricted gun rights to come to power and execute the Holocaust is a lie.
I’d suggest that Ablow stick to psychology, but you know, he’s not even good at that, so writing crummy alt-history fantasies for a bunch of geriatric White people yelling at clouds is the best he’s got going for him.
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