“How many millions of people were shot and killed because they were unarmed? Fifty million in Russia,” Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, said at a conference last week in Juneau. “How many Jews were put in the ovens because they were unarmed?”
Young’s comments were recorded in a video made by Dmitri Shein, a Democrat running to unseat the 84-year-old who is Alaska’s sole member in the House of Representatives.
Shein prompted the discussion by asking Young about school safety. Young, who is a National Rifle Association board member, also said that he supports arming teachers.
Young is not the first to make this argument about guns and the Holocaust. Ben Carson made a similar claim as a presidential candidate in 2015, and Stephen Halbrook wrote about it in the National Review in 2013.
The head of the Anti-Defamation League has called the claim a “distortion of history.”
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