TOLEDO, Ohio — The Ohio congressional candidate known as “Joe the Plumber” is running a campaign video in which he suggests that Nazi gun controls contributed to deaths during the Holocaust because Jews didn’t have firearms to defend themselves.
The ad drew strong rebukes from Democrats and Jewish organizations.
In the video, Samuel Wurzelbacher loads a shotgun and fires at lemons and tomatoes placed on wooden posts. “In 1939, Germany established gun control,” he says. “From 1939 to 1945, six million Jews and seven million others, unable to defend themselves, were exterminated,” he says before ending the video by saying “I love America.”
Gun control opponents have long held that Adolf Hitler was able to seize power in Germany in part because of controls on firearms.http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/gops-joe-the-plumber-links-holocaust-gun-control-in-ohio-campaign-video-drawing-criticism/2012/06/20/gJQAjJZKqV_story.html?tid=pm_politics_pop