by Jennifer Cruz
On Friday, January 11, 2013, Salon addressed the issue of Hitler’s gun control. This article was in response to a Drudge Report article concerning Vice President Joe Biden’s recent threat of executive orders over gun control. The most shocking part of the article was the picture accompanying it, which featured Hitler and Stalin.
The Salon article aims to debunk the idea that gun control was a key feature in the extermination of the Jews. While it claims that gun rights activists have their history dangerously wrong, it is, in fact, the article itself that has the facts dangerously wrong.
The article first addresses a quote from the National Rifle Association Executive Vice President, Wayne LaPierre’s book, “Guns, Crime, and Freedom.”
“In Germany, Jewish extermination began with the Nazi Weapon Law of 1938, signed by Adolf Hitler.”
The Salon article then goes on to state:
“The notion that Hitler confiscated everyone’s guns is mostly bogus.”
This statement itself is true. Hitler didn’t confiscate everyone’s guns, but that’s not what LaPierre stated in his book either. He merely cited the law that was signed by Hitler preceding the extermination of the Jews. This law did not revoke everyone’s gun rights, only the Jews’. But what the article failed to mention was that the law did not just affect guns, it was essentially anything that could have been used as a weapon.
“Jews (§5 of the First Regulations of the German Citizenship Law of 14 November 1935, Reichsgesetzblatt I, p. 1333) are prohibited from acquiring, possessing, and carrying firearms and ammunition, as well as truncheons or stabbing weapons. Those now possessing weapons and ammunition are at once to turn them over to the local police authority.”
Confiscation was also made legal.
“Firearms and ammunition found in a Jew's possession will be forfeited to the government without compensation.”