Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) declared on Wednesday that President Barack Obama and gun control advocates are possibly planning on confiscating the nation's privately owned firearms and imposing a Nazi Germany-like "dictatorship" in this country. According to Media Matters, Huckabee made the remarks in response to a caller on his radio show.
"I'm very concerned," said the caller, "it seems like there’s so many people who have not read and do not understand how quickly Germany was turned into, it was a democracy, then turned into a dictatorship by everyone having to register their guns and then they went door to door and collected them."
Rather than correct the caller that in 1938, the Nazi Party loosened gun regulations that had been imposed by the Versailles Treaty in the wake of World War One, lowered the age limit for gun ownership and de-regulated the possession of shotguns and rifles for everyone but Jews, Huckabee chose instead to stoke the caller's fears.
"People do forget that," said Huckabee. "And by the way, know that when you bring that up you get people who get crazy on us, and they’ll start saying, 'Oh there you go comparing to the Nazis.' And I understand the reaction, but it’s the truth. You cannot take people’s rights away if they’re resisting and if they have the means to resist, but once they’re disarmed and the people who are trying to take over have all the power, not just political, not just financial, but they have the physical power to domesticate us and to subjugate us to their will, there’s not a whole lot we can do about it other than just plan to die in the course of resistance."
He continued, "In every society and culture where dictators take over, one of the things they have to do is get control of the military and the police and ultimately all of the citizens and make sure the citizens are disarmed and can’t fight in the streets. Gosh I hope it doesn’t come to that."
The current Senate legislative package on gun safety contains no regulations ordering the confiscation of guns. According to Media Matters, "it calls for expanding background checks, adding missing records to the current background check system, cracking down on gun trafficking and improving school security."
Listen to audio of the broadcast, embedded via Media Matters, below:
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