During a speech two weeks ago at the South Carolina Tea Party Convention in Myrtle Beach, S.C., speaker Jan Morgan claimed that stronger gun control laws in the US could lead to genocide.
Morgan, who is head of the pro-gun group Armed American Woman, didn't mention the numerous free countries that have stronger gun control laws than the US, but appeared to go for the old standby cliche of Nazi Germany, notes RightWingWatch.org (video below).
“Gun control has never been about guns. It’s about control,” said Morgan. “In the twentieth century, folks, 170 million people have been annihilated by their own governments after being disarmed. So, don’t let anybody tell you that disarming America is going to make us a safer place.”
Salon.com reported last year that the claim that Hitler used mass gun control was debunked by University of Chicago law professor Bernard Harcourt back in 2004. Under Hitler's 1938 decree, the gun laws were actually scaled back, except for specifically targeted groups, such as jewish people. No such law has been suggested by any major political party in modern US history.
Morgan didn't mention that deaths by guns in "free" Australia dropped 56 percent after the country enacted a gun law in 1996 in response to a mass shooting, notes Politfact.com. Australia is still free and its yearly gun death rate is about the same as the US gun death rate for one day.