Samuel Wurzelbacher, the Ohio GOP Congressional candidate also known as "Joe the Plumber," uploaded a YouTube video on Monday in which he linked the Holocaust and the Armenian Genocide to gun control laws. The video has provoked plenty of angry responses.
In the video titled "I love America — Joe and the 2nd Amendment," Wurzelbacher explained: “I’m just stating the fact that history is very important — people need to understand what happened. Different countries around the world have tried to disarm their citizens, and then have tried to exterminate their own now-unarmed citizens.”
Joe cited Turkey, Russia and Germany as examples of countries whose states used gun control to exterminate citizens.
Joe's historical analysis of the Holocaust and the Armenian Genocide posits that “In 1911, Turkey established gun control... From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were exterminated. In 1939, Germany established gun control. From 1939 to 1945, six million Jews and seven million others, unable to defend themselves, were exterminated.”
The Ohio Congressional candidate ended his statement with the message, "I love America."
In his description of the YouTube video, Wurzelbacher explains why he links gun control with the Holocaust and the Armenian Genocide: “If you hunt or just like shooting guns, the 2nd Amendment will always be a good thing. History also tells us it’s our last line of defense in the face of an out-of-control government. And killing fruits and vegetables is... what? Better watch the video to see…”
The Inquisitr reports that Joe's comments about the cause of the Holocaust have not gone unnoticed by Jewish Democrats. The National Jewish Democratic Coalition issued a response: “Using the memories of the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust to make a political point is never appropriate, under any circumstances.” According to The Huffington Post, president and CEO of the pro-Democratic group David Harris, said in a statement, that the comparison was "beyond pale." He called on Wurzelbacher to "apologize and remove this offensive video immediately."
But Wurzelbacher, speaking with Politico, said he has no sympathy for people who are offended by his statement. He said: “If people are looking to be offended by this video, they are probably serving a political agenda. Unfortunately there are a lot of whiners out there. The Second Amendment essentially allows us Americans to make sure that we keep our rights. It’s very important to make sure we sustain it.”
Wurzelbacher's campaign spokesman Phil Christofanelli also defended him. He told Politicker that “there’s nothing offensive” about the video. He said Joe was not the first person to link gun control with the Holocaust. He said: “It’s a historical fact that Hitler implemented gun control before the Holocaust and that’s just a fact that was pointed out in the video. There’s an entire organization called ‘Jews For The Preservation of Firearm Ownership‘ who put forward the argument for years that gun control was a contributing factor to the Holocaust.”
Christofanelli then went further to link gun control with slavery in the United states. He said: “Well, blacks weren’t allowed to own guns in the south, that’s a historical fact as well. So, it would seem that the argument would apply there as well.”
According to Christofanelli, “Joe is a student of history. He knows that the founders read John Locke and they understood that the 2nd Amendment was always the people’s last defense against tyrannical government. They always use gun control before abusing the rights of people, so, yeah, that’s our position and that’s what was said in the video. And there’s nothing offensive about it, it’s just historical fact.”
Politico reports Wurzelbacher is running against Rep. March Kaptur (D-Ohio) for a seat in Congress.