A Fox News contributor has offered a bizarre defense of Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson’s assertion that the Holocaust was the result of Nazi gun control. Dr. Keith Ablow, a psychiatrist and member of Fox News’ “Medical A-Team,” wrote in a Friday op-ed column that Ben Carson is “right” and the Anti-Defamation League - an anti-Semitism watchdog that called Carson’s claims “historically inaccurate” - is “wrong.”
Ablow does not dispute the fact - pointed out by the ADL - that the guns potentially available to European Jews during the Holocaust, even if they could legally own them, would not have been enough to overtake the Nazis. He instead argues that fiercer Jewish resistance to the Nazis, while futile in itself, would have preserved in Jews a more courageous “mindset.”
“The mindset that Jews surrendered with their guns is far more important than the hardware they turned over: They surrendered the demonstrated intention, at all costs, to resist being deprived of liberty,” he wrote. “If Jews in Germany had more actively resisted the Nazi party or the Nazi regime and had diagnosed it as a malignant and deadly cancer from the start, there would, indeed, have been a chance for the people of that country and the world to be moved to action by their bold refusal to be enslaved.”
Ablow’s column is filled with caveats. He discloses that he has held a fundraiser for Carson. And he acknowledges that he was “not there” during the Holocaust and “hindsight is 20/20.” But because he was “born a Jew,” studied the Holocaust and has spoken in front of the Anti-Defamation League, he deems himself qualified to weigh in on the matter.
“It was a bad idea for any Jew to have turned over a gun,” Ablow continued. “It was a bad idea for any Jew to have boarded a train. It was a bad idea for any Jew to have passed through a gate into a camp. It was a bad idea for any Jew to do any work at any such camp. It was a bad idea for any Jew to not attempt to crush the skull or scratch out the eyes of any Nazi who turned his back for one moment.”
Ablow concludes by reaffirming that the Jewish experience during the Holocaust should serve as a warning that present-day gun control efforts - which he calls “a government that insists its citizens disarm” - presage “an epidemic of enslavement of one kind or another.”