Written by Levi L.
Many of us in the frum world have heard statements this past week from GOP frontrunner Dr. Ben Carson. He stated that the Holocaust would have been much less likely to happen if the Jews owned guns in Germany. The exact quote is as follows:
“Through a combination of removing guns and disseminating propaganda, the Nazis were able to carry out their evil intentions with relatively little resistance.” He defended that argument on television: “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 there is a reason these dictatorial people take guns first.” – Dr. Ben Carson
As expected, there was a major uproar in the media following these remarks. For the past week, there have been unprecedented attacks on the doctor, particularly from CNN and MSNBC. This weeklong campaign against him has propelled him past Donald Trump into first place according to recent polls.
This past week, his comments were emphatically discussed and debated by Jews across the United States. The anti-Jewish, Anti-Defamation League quickly condemned Dr. Carson for his comments as inaccurate. Arguments cited included the argument that even Jews with guns who resisted were exterminated. Although the couple of Jews who were left with guns after the Germans came to confiscate them didn’t succeed in uprising, they certainly made the lives for the Nazis harder.
The argument which is essentially made by the ADL and others is that since you are going to die if you have a gun or if you don’t have a gun, then it is a much better situation if you don’t have a gun. Anyone who makes this argument actively spreads evil. Just ask any Holocaust survivor if they would have preferred they all had guns or didn’t and see how they respond. Any person who would deny such people guns because “it wouldn’t have mattered anyway” is a terrible person and does not deserve a seat at the table. The people today who criticize Dr. Carson over these comments are the same people oppose the Jewish State’s right to exist. Exhibit A follows:
Conservative “Rabbi”, Mr. David Wolpe, has also condemned these comments. He, who is certainly not a rabbi, made some similar comments:
“More than a third of all Jews murdered were killed by bullets outside the (concentration) camps, and those who were deported had some slight chance of survival. Those who were shot and left in ditches in villages all across Eastern Europe had virtually none. Just imagine if all the villagers had guns when the Jews were targeted.”
He is making the “it wouldn’t have mattered anyway” argument here. If those villagers had guns and knew how to use them, they could have resisted. I’ll bet that he would also have made the argument that the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising would have gone a whole lot better if the Jews there didn’t have guns either.
This brings us back to the premise: should Jews own guns or should they not?
Ask any survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, any of the Partisans, anyone who fought for the modern day State of Israel, anyone who lived in Crown Heights in 1991 during the riots: Should Jews own guns?