Gun Control: Ben Carson vs. Liberal Illusions

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Some people live in reality, unpleasant though it sometimes can be. But other people live in a fantasy world, shaped by illusions that are unrealistic and potentially dangerous. As an example of people living in reality, take presidential hopeful Dr. Ben Carson. Carson, as usual speaking slowly and thoughtfully, stated on CNN:

I think the likelihood of Hitler being able to accomplish his goals would have been greatly diminished if the people had been armed…I’m telling you there is a reason these dictatorial people take guns first.

Democrats rushed to condemn Carson, as did the Anti-Defamation League. It is a liberal organization that advocates for Jews as a sideline – not the reverse, as it was designed to be. The ADL declared:

Ben Carson has a right to his views on gun control, but the notion that Hitler’s gun-control policy contributed to the Holocaust is historically inaccurate. The small number of personal firearms available to Germany’s Jews in 1938 could in no way have stopped the totalitarian power of the Nazi German state.

But Carson did not say that if the small number of personal firearms had not been confiscated, the Jews could have resisted effectively. He said that if the Jews had been armed, they could have resisted more effectively. Only those totally disconnected from reality could deny this.

Granted, the German armed forces in World War II were among the most effective in world history. Still, of the six million European Jews murdered in the Holocaust, imagine that just 10% or 600,000 owned guns. If only 10% of these gun owners disobeyed Nazi orders to disarm all Jews, then 60,000 guns would have remained in Jewish hands.

Obviously, these 60,000 armed Jews could not have held out indefinitely against the vastly larger, better trained, better armed Wehrmacht. But how many troops would Hitler have been willing to divert from the front? And if he had weakened his war effort to further the Holocaust, how much sooner would Germany have collapsed – thereby saving the lives of many Jews and non-Jews alike?

How much sooner would Germany have lost the war if it had to contend with 60,000 armed Jews as a resistance movement? We can’t know, but we can guess. As a basis for our estimate, we can use the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

When the Germans took over Eastern Europe, most Jews were rounded up into ghettos. They were crowded into unsanitary conditions, causing many to die of disease. But this was too slow for the Nazis, so they began deporting the Jews to death camps. By 1943 this news leaked out, and the Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto in Poland decided to rebel – and die on their feet rather than on their knees.

Accounts vary, but the Jews were armed with perhaps 59 handguns and nine bolt-action rifles. In contrast, the Germans were armed with submachine guns and machine guns, as well as mortars and flame throwers. Nevertheless, the Resistance inflicted casualties and forced the Germans to withdraw. Finally they had to call in artillery, tanks, and armored vehicles to reduce the ghetto to rubble.

Clearly, the Germans would rather have used these troops, artillery, tanks, and armored vehicles against the Russians, with whom they were engaged in a death struggle. But at first they couldn’t believe that Jews were defending themselves:

Another eyewitness describes the confusion in the German ranks: “There runs a German soldier shrieking like an insane one, the helmet on his head on fire. Another one shouts madly ‘Juden…Waffen…Juden…Waffen!’” [Jews…weapons!]

Polish sources list German casualties as about 300 killed and 1000 wounded. What is undeniable is that the Germans were delayed by at least a month in clearing the ghetto and deporting the remaining Jews to death camps.

Note what Joseph Goebbels, Nazi minister of propaganda, concluded: “It shows what the Jews are capable of when they have weapons in their hands.” As between Goebbels, who was in charge of the vast Nazi propaganda machine at the time in question, and the leaders of the ADL, who are in charge of laptops many years later, I choose Goebbels’ analysis of the situation.

But if quoting one of Hitler’s top associates is too repulsive for you, go to the website of Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership. Check out their thought-provoking publications and DVDs. World War II and the Holocaust were the most costly lessons in history. If we refuse to learn from them, what does that say about us?

Advocates of gun confiscation often assert that the Ten Commandments order us “without exceptions not to kill.” This is untrue. Biblical Hebrew, like English, uses two words – kill and murder. Murder is the deliberate killing of an innocent human being. The Commandment states, “Do not murder.”

The Hebrew Bible or Old Testament allows killing in self-defense and just war. It describes how animals should be killed for food. And the only commandment that is repeated in all of the first five books, which make up the Torah, is that murderers should be executed. It is interesting that misinterpretations of the Bible often further the interpreter’s political agenda – in this case, a liberal, pacifist agenda.

Those who favor strict gun laws also assert that “stand-your-ground” laws encourage people to shoot rather than talk out disagreements. This also is untrue. These laws allow people, mainly homeowners, to use deadly force to defend themselves and their families from violent attack. The laws say nothing about “disagreements.”

As an example of the difference, take Sarah McKinley. Eighteen-year-old Sarah was home with her three-month-old son. She lived in a rural community, and police response times were often long. Her husband was not with her – he died of cancer a week before.

She saw two men breaking in. She recognized one as a man who had been stalking her since her husband’s funeral, apparently looking for drugs in the cancer victim’s home. She gave the baby his bottle, then retrieved a shotgun and a handgun and barricaded the door. She phoned 911 and was told she could not shoot unless they came through the door.

But the 911 dispatcher, who was a woman, wisely added, “You do what you have to do to protect your baby.”

Sarah was on the phone with 911 for 21 minutes, but the police still had not arrived when the men broke down the door. The first man, the stalker, came at her with a 12-inch hunting knife. She fired the shotgun, killing the man. His companion fled, quite possibly breaking the Olympic 100 meter record.

Would anti-gun activists have advised Sarah McKinley to “talk out this disagreement”? Do they believe that it was wrong to shoot the attacker before he stuck the 12-inch knife into the young mother and left her baby an orphan – if the child was lucky? Who knows? Perhaps they do believe that.

And perhaps they would have advised European Jews to “talk out their differences” with the Nazis. After all, the Jews, like Sarah, were facing superior force. And even if Sarah McKinley – and the European Jews – had resisted unsuccessfully and been murdered, is it not better to die on our feet, defending our families, than die as helpless, unremembered victims?

Unlike Umpqua Community College near Roseburg, Oregon; and unlike the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colorado; and unlike Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut; and unlike the homes of the six million European Jewsthe mobile home of Sarah McKinley was NOT a gun-free zone.

Encyclopedia of the Third Reich. Snyder, Louis L., 1994.
The Destruction of the European Jews. Hilberg, Raul, 1961.
Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership,

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  • Dear Dr. Stolinsky,
    Once again an excellent article. I’ve written a two part series on this issue that may be of interest: “America, Guns and Freedom” that discusses guns in civilians throughout the world defending their liberty:
    I also wanted to mention that unfortunately Dr. Carson may have gone a bit too far to the other side to placate gun control proponents. He may be still be learning the facts of gun control and gun research but I thought this open letter by Dr. Timothy Wheeler would be of interest:
    Keep up the good work!

    • Thanks, Dr. Faria. But have you been following the deluge of condemnation for Dr. Carson? A columnist even accuses him of being an anti-Semite. Can you believe it? Someone who wished that the European Jews had the opportunity to be armed is an anti-Semite? No. Someone who approves of the fact that they were unarmed is himself an anti-Semite.
      And just the other day, Gov. Brown signed a law banning concealed-weapons permit holders from carrying in California schools and universities. I can’t escape the conclusion that some people hate guns more than they love children or Jews. How inexpressibly sad!

      • Dr Stolinsky, you are correct; it has been open season for Dr. Carson. And note that minorities are respected and treated with kid gloves, only if they are progressives regurgitating liberal cliches.

        • Dr. Carson is anathema to the Left. His is like Dr. Thomas Sowell and Dr. Walter Williams — a conservative African American. Of course, Carson is even worse because he is too prominent for the liberal media to ignore, as they ignore Sowell and Williams. That is why most people, even university graduates, have never heard of Sowell or Williams. Carson must be destroyed because he is a threat. He doesn’t “think black.” He’s a “lousy neurosurgeon.” He’s a “religious kook.” He’s an “anti-Semite.” Whatever.

    • Kivaari says:

      The question wasn’t the number of guns owned by Jews. The idea is that every Jew should have had several guns, and those should not have been registered. If there is ever a case of registration leads to confiscation it is the German Jews, and the Jews of all the nations attacked and taken over by Germany. Certainly the German Jews had few guns, as even before Hitler came on scene, Jews did not have many guns. Every honest good American adult person that desires to own guns should be allowed to have what ever they so desire. In every household of reputable people, no record of substance abuse or psychosis should have at least an M16-type rifle and a good handgun. They should also carry concealed when out and about the community.

      • The ADL and others criticized Dr. Carson by pointing out that Jews owned few guns even before Hitler confiscated them. True, but that’s not relevant to what Carson said. He said that IF they were armed, they could have resisted more effectively. That such an obvious point has become a source of controversy shows how far from reality the Left has strayed. When stating the obvious causes a bitter argument, it is not a healthy sign for the survival of freedom. In the end, political correctness is denial of reality – that is, a delusional state.
        I believe it was Voltaire who said:
        “Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.”

  • William McCafferty says:

    Thank you, JPFO for picking up on Carson’s comments, and those of Bill Whittles. We are legion. The rest just need to wake the (insert) up.

  • Jerome C. Borden says:

    OK, in Germany owning arms might have had a small effect due to the sheer magnitude of the force. Getting out was the smart option. But, Germany’s Weimar era gun control idea was copied by other countries at a time when record keeping capabilities were rapidly advancing. [See Death’s Calculator for more on that.] So, when the army passed through, the Gestapo was right behind them collecting records. Those records quelled any opposition from those in the conquered territories. This is where Dr. Carson nailed it.

    • Exactly right. Government records included not only who owned guns, but their ethnic background as well. In most places in Europe, if you moved, you had to go to the police station and report your new address. So it was a simple matter to know who owned guns, who was a Jew, where they could be found, or whatever. And that was with paper records. Now we have computers, the Internet, and smart phones.

  • I am an ordained Christian minister who believes in firearms ownership. I would like to thank the JPFO for their differentiation between murder and killing (they are correct in accordance with the Hebrew Study Bible). Evidently this error continues to persist throughtout and in spite of multiple revisions.

  • As further evidence that some people are unable or unwilling to face reality, check out this recent comment by that font of wisdom, John Kerry, on the current outbreak of stabbings of Israelis by Palestinians. Kerry urged Israelis to “…restrain from any kind of self-help in terms of the violence.” See:
    In short, our secretary of state urges Israelis, almost all of whom have had military training, to disregard their government’s advice to arm themselves, assuming they have complied with Israel’s tough gun-licensing regulations – and let themselves be stabbed.
    You thought I was exaggerating when I wrote that some people would have advised Sarah McKinley to “sit down and talk” to the men attacking her with a large knife? You thought no one could be that idiotic? You were wrong. Kerry is the prototype of that kind of idiot. They oppose all violence, but they oppose self-defense most of all. This isn’t just foolish, it is immoral and dangerous.
    For more evidence of the risk of “gun-free” zones from Dr. John Lott, see:

  • A final thought:
    I have sympathy for victims, but I really like survivors. My ambition is to be one myself.
    − Stephen Coonts, “The Disciple”

  • Lava says:

    Actually, English uses three words: kill, murder, and slay.
    This does not count slang terms like ice, off, waste, and do someone in.
    JPFO has a detailed discussion on three, notice three Hebrew words. Two of them mean “murder” and “kill”, and can be modified to express further ideas. One means “die”.

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