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The Myth of Adolf Hitlers Nazi Gun Control
POLITICS | October 4, 2017 | By Brian Delpozo
Whenever the gun-control debate heats up in the United States usually
after an all-too-common mass shooting guns rights activists often cite
Adolf Hitlers Nazi Germany gun laws as an example of the dangers of gun
control. They claim that these laws, enacted by Hitler himself, disarmed
the German people, including minority groups, and made them more
vulnerable to oppression and eventually the Holocaust. This historical
fact often is trumpeted far and wide as an example of what could happen
to America with stricter gun-control laws. The problem with that? Its
mostly a myth.
The idea has been propagated by numerous commentators, guns rights
advocacy groups, politicians, and the NRA. In fact, NRA Executive Vice
President Wayne LaPierre discussed the idea in his book Guns, Crime, and
Freedom, writing, In Germany, Jewish extermination began with the Nazi
Weapon Law of 1938, signed by Adolf Hitler.
Many also point to a supposed quote from Adolf Hitler himself, which
reads, 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!
However, these arguments are missing several key points. For starters, the
Weapon Law of 1938 actually significantly loosened strict German gun laws
that had been put into place by the Weimar Republic government in the
years following World War I. These Weimar laws included an initial ban on
all private firearm ownership, which was later slightly relaxed into a
system of strict regulation requiring numerous permits.
The Nazi Weapon Law deregulated this whole system, as well as other
changes that made it much easier for others to acquire firearms:
The 1938 law signed by Hitler that LaPierre mentions in his book
basically does the opposite of what he says it did. The 1938 revisions
completely deregulated the acquisition and transfer of rifles and
shotguns, as well as ammunition, [law professor Bernard E.] Harcourt
wrote. Meanwhile, many more categories of people, including Nazi party
members, were exempted from gun ownership regulations altogether, while
the legal age of purchase was lowered from 20 to 18, and permit lengths
were extended from one year to three years.
The idea that armed German Jews specifically would have been able to fight
back against the Holocaust is highly unlikely. The Nazi Germany war
machine was one of the most powerful military systems ever constructed,
especially prior to and in the early years of World War II, and it would
have been able to quash almost any armed resistance. In fact, the largest
revolt by armed Jewish citizens during the war the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto
Uprising was ended in less than a month and resulted in the death of
13,000 Jews versus less than 300 Germans.
As Brown Universitys Omer Bartov succinctly put it to Salon: Just
imagine the Jews of Germany exercising the right to bear arms and fighting
the SA, SS, and the Wehrmacht. The Red Army lost 7 million men fighting
the Wehrmacht, despite its tanks and planes and artillery. The Jews with
pistols and shotguns would have done better?
Finally, the popular Adolf Hitler quote used seems to have no basis in
fact. For starters, as written above, gun registration was actually
instituted by the Weimar government and was relaxed by the Nazis.
Furthermore, Harcourt wrote in a 2004 Fordham Law Review article titled On
Gun Registration, the NRA, Adolf Hitler, and Nazi Gun Laws: Exploding the
Gun Culture Wars (A Call to Historians) that, It turns out, for example,
that Hitlers infamous quote, rehearsed in so many newspapers, is probably
a fraud and was likely never uttered. The citation reference is a jumbled
and incomprehensible mess that has never been properly identified or
authenticated, and no one has been able to produce a document
corresponding to the quote.
Gun control is one of the most complicated issues in American society,
with the desire to uphold second amendment rights at odds with the desire
for a safer society and constantly leading to debate. However, the myth of
Hitler being a proponent of gun control should be removed from the
conversation entirely, as it simply has little to no basis in historical