COMMENTARY | Samuel "Joe the Plumber" Wurzelbacher has released a campaign video comparing the gun control push in the U.S. to Turkey's 1911 gun control push against Armenians and Germany's 1939 gun control push against Jews, according to ABC News. As someone who studies politics, I am concerned by the idea of an aspiring politician who does not understand the basic beliefs of people who support gun control. An aspiring politician who reduces the historical impact of the Holocaust and Armenian genocide is even more disturbing.
I strongly support the idea of the right to bear arms, but I also understand a certain level is discretion must be taken to ensure everyone is not allowed to own fully automatic assault rifles or bazookas. People who support gun control usually believe the reduction of firearms in the U.S. would result in a significant reduction in the number of gun-related crimes. While I do not support the logic gun control supporters use, at least I understand where they are coming from. Wurzelbacher has proven his inability to understand concepts by comparing the opposition to his ideal to people with a nefarious plan to eliminate another type of person.
The Armenian genocide and the Holocaust were not caused by gun control supporters. They were considered, progressed and implemented by people who believed in superiority over others. These horrid moments in world history might have been avoided if the oppressed groups had the right to bear arms, but the bloodlust of tyrants is only avoidable after the death of the tyrants. In one swoop, Wurzelbacher has demonized gun control supporters and reduced the people who died in the Armenian genocide and Holocaust to political examples of his personal beliefs.
What is Wurzelbacher going to do if he is elected to the seat in the House of Representatives he is running for? How will he be able to make a legitimate argument in the halls of Congress if he cannot understand the concepts of history or of the opposition to his plans? Wurzelbacher has proven his budding political career is not ready yet for a congressional nod from the voters.