Anti-Defamation League: ‘Gun Con­trol Did Not Cause The Holo­caust’

In a blog post published Thursday on its website, the Anti-Defamation League — a group founded to combat anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry — condemned the use of Nazi imagery in the simmering gun debate, highlighting rhetoric employed by conservatives and other Second Amendment advocates.

Some on the right have sought to undermine gun control proposals by arguing that the Holocaust could have been prevented had European Jews been sufficiently armed, a talking point the ADL staunchly rejected. 

“When they had weapons, Jews could sym­bol­i­cally resist, as they did in the 1943 War­saw Upris­ing and else­where, but could not stop the Nazi geno­cide machine,” the post reads. “Gun con­trol did not cause the Holo­caust; Nazism and anti-Semitism did.”

Read the entire blog post here.


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