One of the more asinine talking points favored by gun fetishists is the claim that the Holocaust only happened because Germany had disarmed the Jews before rounding them up. If only they had guns, they could have fought off Hitler’s military, the argument goes. Utter nonsense.
Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO and national director of the Anti-Defamation League, dismantled the notion that an unarmed population enabled mass extermination.
“It is mind-bending to suggest that personal firearms in the hands of the small number of Germany’s Jews (about 214,000 remaining in Germany in 1938) could have stopped the totalitarian onslaught of Nazi Germany when the armies of Poland, France, Belgium and numerous other countries were overwhelmed by the Third Reich,” Greenblatt said in a statement to the Daily News…“Guns or lack of them did not cause the Holocaust. The Holocaust was the product of anti-Semitism and the moral failure and indifference of humans,” Greenblatt wrote in an op-ed for The Huffington Post.
He stated that “arming every European Jew would not have been enough to stop an evil force that was only overcome by the military might of the Allies.”
Exactly right. For crying out loud, it took the combined military might of all the allied countries to fight off Hitler’s industrialized killing machine and prevent them from achieving what they sought out to do. Who could possibly believe that a couple hundred thousand Jews in Germany could have stopped them if only they’d had some rifles and handguns? This is idiocy on stilts.