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June 21, 2012 11:10 am

“Joe the Plumber” Takes Heat Over Holocaust Campaign Ad (VIDEO)

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“Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher, a Republican congressional candidate in Ohio, has drawn criticism for suggesting that Jews’ inability to access guns contributed to their deaths during the Holocaust.

“In 1939, Germany established gun control,” Wurzelbacher, who earned his nickname when he questioned Barack Obama’s small business tax policy during the 2008 presidential race, says in a new campaign video. “From 1939 to 1945, six million Jews and seven million others, unable to defend themselves, were exterminated.”

The National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC), responding to the video, said using the Holocaust to make a political point “is never appropriate, under any circumstances.” Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern called the video “incredibly offensive,” according to the Associated Press.

Wurzelbacher maintained that his video, which also says 1.5 million Armenians died following gun control laws in Turkey, does not convey that gun control caused the Holocaust.

To watch the campaign ad, click below.

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  • Lisa Cohen

    When the Warsaw Rebellion occurred it was because the Jews were armed and surprised the Nazis; think if more Jews and righteous gentiles had had guns, less innocents would have been butchered.
    There is a reason the Ayalon Institute is a historical site in Rechovot, bullets were made there to protect Jews from Arabs although the Brits would have hung the Jewish bullet makers for daring making guns usable for protection. Joe the Plumber remembers history and has learned from it; pity that liberals ignore history,human behavior and still hope the tooth fairy will bring peace, love,and economic prosperity.

    • Sarah Weiss

      You really should read a history book….the Holocaust would have still happened if the Jews were armed you moron. German gun laws had nothing to do with what happened in Poland and Eastern Europe, where most of the killings took place. Plus do you really think armed resistance would have aided people against bomber planes. Plus, you should be ashamed of yourself for condoning the use of such a horrific time in history in a self-serving message about gun laws that no one is trying to change.

  • Very true..had my grandparents had a gun, they probably wouldn’t have survived but neither would their polish killers

  • He’s not wrong…had my grandparents had a gun they probably wouldn’t have survived but their polish killers wouldn’t have survived either.

    • Sarah Weiss

      German gun laws do not apply to Poland.

  • Eric Ehrmann

    Joe the Plumber is a real ignorant schlamiel and gives plumbers a bad name and its time the mainstream media backs off amping up his own racial stereotype as politically incorrect heartland America.

    My father was the first Jew elected as an official of Plumbers Union #55 (AFL-CIO) in Cleveland, Ohio during the 1960. He had been a member of the old Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) controlled by Walter Reuther before that. There was anti-semitism in union politics back then because a lot of the Irish and Scots-Irish plumbers, like a lot of the trade unionists, lacked an understanding of the Holocaust. The TV series Holocaust was a decade away and the word was not imprinted in anybody’s mind. And the movie Exodus, which starred Paul Newman, who went to my high school and attended at Kenyon College with the likes of Olof Palme, had just become a Hollywood hit. The Joe the Plumber video is a classic example of the use of Josef Goebbels Nazi-era “big lie” propaganda that set up the Holocaust. Time for Joe to exit stage right.

    • A REAL American

      Eric, what does anything you wrote have to do with the point Joe the Plumber was trying to make?

      Joe’s point is simple—if Jews had guns, they would have been able to shoot Nazis and Nazi collaborators–PERIOD.

      Its a little simplistic, but it is 1000% true.

      Many Jews joined partisan groups–but many more were turned in by their gentile neighbors and by their governments. People who are armed are not easy victims to oppression. Jews had no way to defend themselves against those eager to oppress and exterminate them.

      NEVER AGAIN MEANS NEVER AGAIN–and that goes for stupidity too. Every Jew should known how to defend themselves and fire a weapon.