Weeks After Board Member's Anti-Semitism Controversy, The NRA Is Already Back To Making Hitler Comparisons
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A commentary video from the National Rifle Association about gun laws in Scotland claimed that "anti-gun" American politicians denying that they are secretly plotting to ban guns is "like telling a Jew you're not an anti-Semite, you just love Hitler."
NRA News commentator Colion Noir makes the comparison in a video released March 21 called "Scotland: Where Nightmares Are Reality." It attacks Scotland's move toward requiring residents who own airguns to obtain a permit, a proposal spurred by the death of a 2-year-old boy who was killed after being struck in the head by an airgun pellet in 2015. In 2011, the last year data is available, Scotland had 13 gun deaths, three of which were homicides.
Suggesting that Scotland-style gun regulation could come to the United States, Noir attacked President Obama and other politicians who have praised the United Kingdom and Australia for passing laws to address gun violence.
According to Noir, praising gun laws in Australia and the U.K. without also having a secret plan to ban guns in the U.S. is "like telling a Jew you're not an anti-Semite, you just love Hitler."
Noir began his Hitler analogy by mentioning Obama and Hillary Clinton, whose faces were displayed in the video. Then, as he discussed "anti-gun" politicians, images appeared of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), all of whom are Jewish:
NOIR: President Obama got up on national television and said that it's a conspiracy theory to think that anyone is trying to ban guns.
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OBAMA: Are you suggesting that we are creating a plot to take everybody's guns away sothatwe can impose martial law -- is a conspiracy? Yes, that is a conspiracy.
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NOIR: Yet, this is the same president, along with Hillary Clinton and every other anti-gun politician, who praises the gun control laws in places like the U.K. and Australia where they've banned guns. That's like telling a Jew you're not an anti-Semite, you just love Hitler. I'm not trying to ban guns, I just like the gun laws in that country where they ban guns.
The NRA's comparison between Jewish "anti-gun" politicians with supposed secret plans to ban guns and people who "love Hitler" follows an anti-Semitism controversy sparked by NRA board member Ted Nugent in February.
On February 8, Nugent shared an image on his Facebook page headlined "So who is really behind gun control?" that depicted Israeli flags next to faces of 12 Jewish-American politicians and gun violence prevention advocates. Some of the pictures featured descriptions such as "Jew York city mayor Mikey Bloomberg."
The civil rights organization the Anti-Defamation League quickly condemned Nugent, but he doubled down on his post with the claim "Jews for guncontrol are nazis in disguise." Nugent eventually apologized more than a week later, claiming he did not realize the image he posted -- which was filled with obvious anti-Semitic imagery and text -- was anti-Semitic.