Writing for Bearing Arms a week ago, Bob Owens reported that Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop is putting the city's police officers at risk by choosing firearm and ammunition vendors based not on the quality of the products they offer, suitability for the department's needs, and cost, but on the vendors' answers to his misguided "social responsibilities" questionnaire that must be filled out before any bid is considered. Fulop outlined the questions he will be asking in a piece he wrote for the Huffington Post:
Jersey City will be asking all bidders the following six socially responsible questions:
- What do you do to combat illegal gun trafficking and illegal gun crime?
- Do you manufacturer and sell assault weapons for civilian use? [by "civilian," Fulop clearly means "not police"--the militarization of law enforcement is just fine with him]
- Do you agree not to sell certain models of firearms for civilian use?
- Are you requiring your dealers to conduct background checks? [is Fulop really unaware that federal law already requires these?]
- Do you fund research related to gun violence and smart gun technology?
- Will you commit to prohibiting your brand name from being used in violent video games?
NRA board member Scott Bach is now drawing fire for expressing surprise in a phone interview on NRA News that Mayor Fulop could be so rabidly anti-gun, given the fact that his grandparents were Holocaust survivors. Predictably, the "progressives" cannot contain themselves, and are in full-throated anguished bleating meltdown mode. The amusingly misnamed "Think Progress," for example, had this to say:
Comparing gun control to the Holocaust is one of a number of faulty and offensive analogies the gun rights movement has used to illegitimize [sic] gun reform measures.
Source of bought-and-paid-for anti-gun "news" Media Matters (founded by a paranoid "progressive" who insists on heavily armed security--often illegally armed), apparently having decided that one article of outrage was insufficient, whined about Bach's argument twice.
The Anti-Defamation League has also gotten in on the act, issuing a press release with this statement from their director, Abraham Foxman (excerpt):
It is especially disturbing that in the debate over gun control in America, Holocaust analogies and references to Nazi Germany flow so freely off the lips of critics of gun control. There is absolutely no comparison of the issue of gun control in the U.S. to the genocidal actions of the Nazi regime.
Scott Bach’s critique of Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop’s gun control measures undermines and trivializes the historical truth of the Holocaust as a singular event in human history that led to the murder of six million Jews and millions of others. That he did so by invoking Mayor Fulop’s family history makes it all the more offensive.
Bach, of course, never compared American "gun control" to the Holocaust. The fact remains, though, no matter how shrilly the gun ban zealots deny it, that genocidal tyranny is vastly more difficult--not to mention risky--against a people who are heavily armed and prepared to use those arms in their defense.
That's why those bent on genocidal tyranny insist on a "government monopoly on force." Is it not fair to ask, then, why the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and Congressman Jerrold Nadler demand the same thing?
If anyone is "trivializing the Holocaust," it is those who wish to silence any who raise the alarm about policies that will make the next Holocaust more difficult to thwart.
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