Aaron Worthing dissects a piece at Mother Jones that attempts to make the case that Hitler’s disarming of the Jews was, get ready for it, good for the Jews.
So this morning I find out that Mother Jones published a piece called Was Hitler Really a Fan of Gun Control? The dissembling involved is nothing less than spectacular. So let’s fisk this sucker:
Back to the subject of gun control, a more serious examination of the evidence comes in “Nazi Firearms Laws and the Disarming of German Jews,” in the Arizona Journal of International and Comparative law:This article addresses German firearms laws and Nazi policies and practices to disarm German citizens, particularly political opponents and Jews. It begins with an account of post-World War I chaos, which led to the enactment in 1928 by the liberal Weimar republic of Germany’s first comprehensive gun control law. Next, the Nazi seizure of power in 1933 was consolidated by massive searches and seizures of firearms from political opponents, who were invariably described as “communists.” After five years of repression and eradication of dissidents, Hitler signed a new gun control law in 1938, which benefitted Nazi party members and entities, but denied firearm ownership to enemies of the state. Later that year, in Kristallnacht (the Night of the Broken Glass), in one fell swoop, the Nazi regime disarmed Germany’s Jews. Without any ability to defend themselves, the Jewish population could easily be sent to concentration camps for the Final Solution. After World War II began, Nazi authorities continued to register and mistrust civilian firearm owners, and German resistence to the Nazi regime was unsuccessful.That is right, folks, Kristallnacht was about disarming Jews, too.And I gently suggest you read the whole thing.Of course the Mother Jones piece acknowledges this, in a backhanded way:In 1938, under Nazi rule, gun laws became significantly more relaxed. Rifle and shotgun possession were deregulated and gun access for hunters, Nazi Party members, and government officials was expanded. The legal age to own a gun was lowered. Jews, however, were prohibited from owning firearms and other dangerous weapons.In other words, the people Hitler liked were allowed to have guns, but not others. Oh and by the way, the Jews were not allowed to have guns, but hey, why would they need them? Of course that last question is rhetorical and facetious, but Mother Jones actually found a professor will to argue that it was good for the Jews in Germany to be disarmed:“But guns didn’t play a particularly important part [in maintaining Hitler’s power or the Holocaust] in any event,” says Professor Robert Spitzer, who chairs SUNY Cortland’s political science department and has extensively researched gun-control politics…. If Jews had been better armed, Spitzer says, it would only have hastened their demise. Gun policy “wasn’t the defining moment that marked the beginning of the end for Jewish people in Germany. It was because they were persecuted, were deprived of all of their rights, and they were a minority group.”
Of course I find myself quoting Judge Kozinsky’s gorgeous opinion (it’s a dissent but today can be cited as controlling law) in defense of gun laws, again:If a few hundred Jewish fighters in the Warsaw Ghetto could hold off the Wehrmacht for almost a month with only a handful of weapons, six million Jews armed with rifles could not so easily have been herded into cattle cars.Really it is beyond bizarre to say that it was a good thing for the German Jews to be disarmed under the Nazis. Even if their defeat was inevitable, maybe those Jews would have preferred to take a few of the bastards with them rather than being murdered without a shot. And their defeat only looks as inevitable as it must have looked for the Americans in 1776, or the Jews in Warsaw. And certainly Hitler was worried about Jewish resistance, which is why he disarmed them!Sheesh.The same idiot professor makes the same argument with Stalin:
Again, if Stalin didn’t think an armed populace was a threat to his rule, he wouldn’t have disarmed them. Oy!