Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Do Guns Make People Stupid?

Probably not, but you couldn’t tell it by this ad being run by Samuel Wurzelbacher, aka “Joe the Plumber” campaigning for Congress in Toledo. He claims gun control in Nazi Germany caused the Holocaust.

The fact that the Nazis also had huge armies, tanks, and a policy of institutionalized genocide might have had something to do with it. (The Straight Dope debunks the theory, by the way.)

A campaign spokesperson also said that gun control led to slavery in the U.S.:

Phil Christofanelli [said] “there’s nothing offensive” about the video and discussed how gun control may have led to slavery in the United States too…. “Well, blacks weren’t allowed to own guns in the south, that’s a historical fact as well,” said Mr. Christofanelli. “So, it would seem that the argument would apply there as well.”

How did Harriet Beecher Stowe miss that?

HT to Steve M.