If Jewish people had guns during the Nazis reign in Germany, the Holocaust would have been “greatly diminished,” Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.
“I think the likelihood of Hitler being able to accomplish his goals would have been greatly diminished if the people had been armed,” Carson said during the interview on Oct. 8. “I’m telling you there is a reason these dictatorial people take guns first.”
Carson made the statement after Blitzer asked him to clarify what he wrote in his new book “A Perfect Union” about gun control laws in Europe during Hitler’s reign.
“…Through a combination of removing guns and disseminating propaganda, the Nazis were able to carry out their evil intentions with relatively little resistance,” the retired neurosurgeon writes in his book.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) told ABC News in statement that what Carson argues would not have been possible.
“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," Jonathan Greenblatt, National Director of the ADL, said on Oct. 8. "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."
This is not the first time Carson has mentioned Hitler on the campaign trail.
On Sept. 30, he said that a Nazi-like regime could happen in the U.S. if people don’t speak up for what they believe in, Opposing Views reported at the time.
“Hitler changed things there and nobody protested," Carson told reporters at the time. "Nobody provided any opposition to him."
In reality, there were many opponents to the Nazi-regime and protests.
Carson also mentioned in the CNN interview that he thinks if teachers were armed, shootings could be prevented.
"Whether it's a kindergarten teacher who is well trained or a retired policeman or someone who can stop the carnage, I think it makes sense," Carson said.