In the aftermath of the Newtown, Connecticut shootings Congress is now considering a number of gun control measures to try to prevent such tragedies in the future. The debate has stirred up the usual heated rhetoric on the subject, and none was more heated than Fox & Friends guest Joshua Boston who this morning compared gun control measures to Nazi Germany.
As described by Think Progress, Boston was goaded into his comments by Fox & Friends host Steve Doocy, who prompts Boston with the leading question,
“I think you, like a lot people Joshua, are worried that the federal government is going to come after our guns.”
Boston then answers,
“Its something we’ve seen happen time and time again in history, with Stalin. It happened in Cambodia. Then of course the Third Reich. No one saw that coming until it was too late.”
As noted by Gun Cite, gun control was not instituted by the Nazis. In fact, the Law on Firearms and Ammunition was introduced in 1928 by the Weimar regime in large part to try to contain violent extremist movements like the Nazis.
In other words, the gun control of Germany before WWII was actually implemented by the Nazis enemies, and as Gun Cite also notes it largely succeeded in keeping the Nazis from staging a violent coup.
Finally, the Nazis also did not need gun control to gain control of Germany. Instead, most of the public fell in line due to the success of Nazi economic programs and the effectiveness of the Gestapo.
Still, Boston was allowed to make his assertion on Fox & Friends. The bill to which Boston was referring does not even take away any firearms. Senator Diane Feinstein’s (D-CA) would ban the future sale of assault weapons, but not take away the currently owned assault weapons. The law would also outlaw big ammunition clips, drums, and strips of bullets like those used in the Tucson, Aurora, and Newtown shootings.