Fox News’ Keith Ablow became the latest to chime in on Ben Carson’s controversial Holocaust remarks in an editorial published Saturday afternoon.
While many have derided Ben’s statements regarding the recent Oregon shooting and the subsequent gun control debate, Keith stands firmly by the candidate in his column. Ablow, who was born a Jew, agreed with Carson’s sentiment that Jews may have been more equipped to fight off the Holocaust had they retained their right to arms.
While Keith does concede that the guns German Jews had access to at the time would have been futile against the military strength of the Nazis, he argues that the loss of citizen weaponry was key as a symbolic gesture. Jews, Ablow writes defending Ben, were giving up their will to resist the Holocaust.
“The mindset that Jews surrendered with their guns is far more important than the hardware they turned over: They surrendered the demonstrated intention, at all costs, to resist being deprived of liberty. If Jews in Germany had more actively resisted the Nazi party or the Nazi regime and had diagnosed it as a malignant and deadly cancer from the start, there would, indeed, have been a chance for the people of that country and the world to be moved to action by their bold refusal to be enslaved.”
These ideas aren’t far off from what Carson originally presented in his remarks about the Holocaust, but some of Ablow’s remarks do seem to take it a step further. While Ben originally stated that Hitler’s campaign could have been “greatly diminished if the people had been armed,” Keith says that Jews should have fought back at every possible moment, armed or not, even when being forced onto trains which led to concentration camps and being rounded up in Jewish ghettos.
“Granted, I was not there. Granted, hindsight is 20/20. But it turns out it was a bad idea for any Jew to have turned over a gun. It was a bad idea for any Jew to have boarded a train. It was a bad idea for any Jew to have passed through a gate into a camp. It was a bad idea for any Jew to do any work at any such camp. It was a bad idea for any Jew to not attempt to crush the skull or scratch out the eyes of any Nazi who turned his back for one moment. And every bullet that would have been fired into a Nazi coming to a doorway to confiscate a gun from a Jew would have been a sacred bullet.”
Ablow’s defense of Carson’s Holocaust remarks stand in sharp contrast to those delivered by Jonathan Greenblatt, national director of the Jewish Anti-Defamation League. Though Keith noted he had spoken before the organization before, Greenblatt tore down the notion that there was any basis to say that gun control had significant influence on the progression on the Nazi movement, reported Yahoo.
“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.”
Ben Carson’s Holocaust remarks topped off a long week of poorly received gun control statements from the candidate. Though Fox News‘ Keith Ablow doesn’t address some of his earlier comments, Ben was also heavily criticized for saying that he was once held at gunpoint in Popeye’s restaurant, where he told the gunman that he actually “wanted the guy behind the counter.” A GQ columnist was so outraged by this anecdote, he published an essay titled “F**k Ben Carson” that went viral late last week.
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