I was behind another car in traffic the other day when I took notice of a bumper sticker. It read:
This year will go down in history. For the first time a civilized nation has full gun registration! Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future!First off, what a terrible quote for a bumper sticker. The lettering was so small that there was no hope anyone would have been able to read it if not for bumper-to-bumper traffic. But the troubles certainly don't stop there...
— Adolf Hitler, 1935
Ah, the old Hitler card. Don't like something? No problem! Just compare it to or say that Hitler liked it and there you go. Instant vilification. Gun control? Hitler liked gun control, therefore gun control is always evil; and leads to genocide... Or, you know... Something like that. Classic guilt by association ad hominem.
But what about the facts? First off, it's very much worth mentioning that there is no record that Hitler actually said the quote attributed to him. Secondly, it would make no sense if he did say it.
• After World War I, the allied treaty all but banned public gun ownership by the Germans.
• 1919/1920: German citizens are ordered to turn in their weapons.
• 1928: Gun prohibition ends, but strict registration is put in place.
• 1933: Hitler becomes chancellor of Germany.
• 1935: This is the year of the 'quote' yet nothing happens in regards to gun control.
• 1938: Hitler passes gun regulations that did as follows...
-Removed gun restrictions.
-Deregulated the sale of rifles, shotguns, and ammunition.
-Expanded the number of people exempt from needing a permit.
-Extended permit duration.
-Lowered permit age from 20 to 18.
-Illegal for Jews to have guns.
So despite what the quotes claims of a Hitler that walked into a Germany with guns everywhere, and took them all away, pretty much to exact opposite is what actually happened. Lets see then... This bumper sticker's argument was Hitler = gun control, so gun control is bad. Since the facts are much different, I suppose conservatives will be happy to agree that since Hitler = guns more available, so gun regulations are good... Right?
Sadly, they would not agree with that, and would rather persist with a double standard. While we're at it, and conservatives are looking toward Hitler for things to be against, let's take a look at a few more of his quotes...
I believe today that I am acting in the sense of the Almighty
Creator. By warding off the Jews I am fighting for the Lord’s work.
-Adolph Hitler, Speech, Reichstag, 1936
My feelings as a Christian points me to my Lord and Savior as a
fighter. It points me to the man who once in loneliness, surrounded
by a few followers, recognized these Jews for what they were and
summoned men to fight against them and who, God’s truth! was greatest
not as a sufferer but as a fighter. In boundless love as a Christian
and as a man I read through the passage which tells us how the Lord
at last rose in His might and seized the scourge to drive out of the
Temple the brood of vipers and adders. How terrific was his fight
against the Jewish poison.
-Adolf Hitler, speech in Munich on April 12, 1922
I am now as before a Catholic and will always remain so
-Adolph Hitler, to Gen. Gerhard Engel, 1941
Those are just a small sampling of the several instanced of Hitler being vocal about his Christian faith, as well as justifying his acts as the lord's work.
So let's take our 'conservative logic' a step further. If Hitler agreed with something, it has to be intrinsically bad. Okay... Well Hitler was a vocally professed Christian. So I guess that means the Christianity is also evil by the 'Hitler test'... Looks like that one didn't go as they planned either.
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