(JTA) – Republican U.S. presidential hopeful Ben Carson blamed gun control for the Holocaust.
In an interview Thursday on CNN, Carson said fewer people would have been killed by the Nazis had more citizens been armed.
“I think the likelihood of Hitler being able to accomplish his goals would have been greatly diminished if the people had been armed,” he said. “I’m telling you there is a reason these dictatorial people take the guns first.”
In the same interview, Carson also said that arming kindergarten teachers would help prevent school shootings.
Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, is not the first gun-rights activist to suggest gun control was a factor enabling the Nazis to perpetrate genocide. In January 2013, after several such remarks, the Anti-Defamation League called on conservatives to keep Nazi analogies out of the debate over gun control.
Later that year, a National Rifle Association board member invoked the Holocaust in criticizing a Jewish New Jersey mayor for supporting gun control.