Allen West told a crowd at a campaign stop in 2010 that gun control in Germany was essentially responsible for the Holocaust — the same argument made by Joe the Plumber in a video this past week.
“In 1930, there was a gentleman in Germany who took away private gun ownership and you know what happened to that population,” West says in the video. “You must be well informed and well armed, because this government we have right now is a tyrannical government.”
The statement echoes what Samuel Wurzelbacher (a.k.a. Joe the Plumber) said this week in a campaign video.
“In 1939, Germany established gun control,” Wurzelbacher says in his video while loading a gun. “From 1939 to 1945, six million Jews and seven million others, unable to defend themselves, were exterminated.”
West represents Florida’s 22nd congressional district, while Wurzelbacher is running against Marcy Kaptur to represent Ohio’s 9th district. West endorsed Wurzelbacher in April, saying “One of the great things about Joe is that he represents the genuineness of the American people.”
West’s spokeswoman did not immediately return a request for comment.
UPDATE: Here’s another time West used this line, in 2010 in Jupiter, Florida (at around the 5-minute mark):
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It isn’t as simple as Nazis rounding up people to slaughter them-it was a slow process, which is why so many people didn’t realize what was happening until it was too late. And to say that it wouldn’t have happened because they could have, what, basically shot their way to freedom? The Nazis were the police. You shoot at the police, you get killed, 2nd Amendment or not.
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agree, Hitler would never have been able to get control of the Reich stag without the help of the brown shirts would would physically assault opponents in the streets. If Germany, Italy, Russia or china had had the equivalent of our second amendment, Hitler, Stalin and Mao either would not have gained power, or at least would not have been able to exercise absolute power over their citizenry, let alone implement horrible policies such as the Holocaust in Germany, the Soviet purges in Russia , the cultural revolution in china, which respectively cost 12 million, 25 million and 60 million lives.
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