Carson says armed Jews would have ‘diminished’ Holocaust

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2015 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson speaks in Ankeny, Iowa. Carson says he would have sacrificed his life to help stop last week’s deadly attack in Oregon. But he’s joined the rest of the GOP’s 2016 class in refusing to support new measures to stop mass shootings. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)


WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson suggests the Holocaust would have been “greatly diminished” if German Jews had been armed with guns.

Carson was asked Thursday by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer about an excerpt from his book “A More Perfect Union,” in which Carson links the disarming on German citizens with the killing of 6 million Jews by Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime.

The retired neurosurgeon says “the likelihood of Hitler being able to accomplish his goals would have been greatly diminished if the people had been armed.”

The candidate says “there is a reason that these dictatorial people take the guns first.”

Carson drew criticism earlier this week by calling for potential victims of mass shootings to rush the attacker.

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