Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson defended his “gun control caused the Holocaust” remarks Sunday during an interview and said blaming the Holocaust on gun control isn’t “hyperbole.”
Strictly speaking, he’s right. After all, there is a huge gulf between “hyperbole” and “stupidity.”
Carson’s remarks landed him in hot water, but it also brought out the right-wing to defend him. In his most recent book, “A More Perfect Union,” Carson repeated the spurious claim that Hitler tried to take away guns from the German citizens. When asked about it, Carson replied:
I think the likelihood of Hitler being able to accomplish his goals would have been greatly diminished if the people had been armed. There’s a reason that these dictatorial people take the guns first.
There actually isn’t, because it’s not true.
This, however, didn’t stop Fox News quack Keith Ablow from defending Carson and going even farther, blaming the Jews for the Holocaust because they didn’t fight back.
When asked again on Face of the Nation Sunday, Carson defended his remarks once more, saying that they weren’t “hyperbole” and it was an issue regardless how far ahead in the future it was:
It’s not hyperbole at all. Whether it’s on our doorstep or whether it’s 50 years away, it’s still a concern and it’s something that we must guard against.
There are a lot of people in the media who will take anything you say and try to make it into hyperbole and try to make it into controversy. But the fact of the matter is, when you talk to average American citizens, they know exactly what I’m talking about.
Over 40 percent of Americans think that Creationism is true, and Carson is one of them. Only 6 percent could answer all of the questions right on the following basic science quiz; critical thinking is not a skill the average American possesses.
Incidentally, with that statement, Carson is making a textbook appeal to popularity, also called “the bandwagon fallacy.” That he can make that and so many people uncritically accept it just reinforces my point above.
Watch the interview below[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bDftpeYUPQ&w=640&h=360]
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