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From the April 10, 2013, edition of “Viewpoint.”

John Fugelsang:

There’s been a lot of exaggerated, inflammatory rhetoric about gun control recently, and let me tell you something, exaggerated, inflammatory rhetoric is worse than Hitler.

One of the strangest memes to arise is that Hitler was really big on gun safety laws, and the first thing the Nazis did when they took power was outlaw firearms and snatch guns like liberals.

And if you don’t believe me on this, go on Twitter and search “Hitler and gun control” — see the response to Sen. Pat Toomey and Joe Manchin’s bipartisan gun safety plan from the American illiterati.

Or take a look at this recent poster that compares the Third Reich to Americans who want to save American lives by supporting popular and mild gun safety reforms in the wake of the Newtown massacre. Rush Limbaugh, by the way, uses this for porn.

Now as far as I’m concerned, anybody who compares people they disagree with to Hitler is a complete Nazi. But because you may have to deal with folks like this in your family or at your job, or maybe the next time you’re at the same outpatient clinic as Alex Jones, it’s worth looking into.

Because they did have gun registration and licensing in Germany — before Hitler took power.

After Germany was defeated in WWI, under the Treaty of Versailles they passed a law in 1919 that pretty much banned private ownership of firearms, and Germany’s center-left government did confiscate guns.

And if Adolf had been a more successful painter, it might have stayed that way. But in 1938 the Nazi government almost totally deregulated the acquisition and transfer of rifles and shotguns. Permit lengths were extended from one year to three, and the legal age of purchase was lowered from 20 to 18. Nazi party members were exempt from any gun regulation, and they even dropped the limit of firearms one could own.

That’s right. Hitler was anti-gun control.

He did ban guns for some people: Germany’s Jews. Hitler defined citizenship in ethnic terms, so since Jews were no longer legally German, they couldn’t take advantage of his relaxed gun laws.

Does that sound, my friends, anything like background checks for criminals? Or a ban on high-capacity ammo clips while you’re duck hunting?

See right-wing media’s not going to tell you this. They want their followers to believe Hitler was a liberal because he belonged to the National Socialist Party. But the National Socialists were not liberal — they just really liked cabaret shows. And most historians agree they were Socialists in name only.

In ’33, when he took power, Hitler famously said, “We must close union offices, confiscate their money … reduce workers’ salaries, and take away their right to strike.” I know. Just like Bernie Sanders, right?

Hitler banned labor unions, took away collective bargaining rights — ‘cause sometimes, it’s a fine line between chancellor of Germany and governor of Wisconsin. He substantially increased the German economy’s military spending and believed in using force to dominate the world, invading countries that never attacked him. Nowadays, we call that “pre-emptive war.”

And in case you didn’t know, Hitler hated the gays so much he could have had his own show on modern AM radio.

Don’t take my word for it. Google all this stuff. The Nazi big lie theory continues to play out, especially among guys who draw Hitler mustaches on pictures of Barack Obama for their protest marches.

But remember: Somewhere in hell, Hitler is furious at these right-wing American guys for painting his ‘stache on a black dude. But don’t worry — he’ll tell them when he sees them.

http://current.com/shows/viewpoint/videos/john-fugelsang-on-hitler-gun-control-and-right-wing-lies/

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