Would guns in the hands of the Jewish people have helped hinder the Holocaust? Ben Carson says yes, some in the news media say no. We discussed the good advice of the news the other day, and now Hernandez weighs in with another cold dose of reality. Mad Duo
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Ben Carson’s Brutal and Uncomfortable Truth
Since Dr. Ben Carson – who I DO NOT support for president, by the way – gave his eminently sensible and reasonable opinion on gun control, he’s been painted as a moron by the left. He said,“I think the likelihood of Hitler being able to accomplish his goals would have been greatly diminished if the people had been armed.” This is such an obvious truth to anyone who understands history that opposition to it is unbelievable rather than simply ridiculous. Disagreeing with his statement makes about as much sense as insisting the earth is flat.
As a police officer, I know for a fact that an armed suspect is far more dangerous to take into custody than an unarmed suspect. As a combat veteran, I know for a fact that an armed population is far more difficult to control than an unarmed population. The insurgents in Iraq and Taliban in Afghanistan didn’t simply roll over and submit to our control. They took up weapons and fought back.
But many voices on the left, GQ and Funny Or Die prominent among them, now insist people are actually safer being unarmed when an armed murderer is trying to kill them. And the people who believe that nonsense, despite generally having zero understanding of weapons, lethal force encounters, combat or anything else remotely related to the subject, refuse to listen to cops, combat vets or others with actual experience. So I’m going to share an account of genocide that even the most ardent critic of Ben Carson shouldn’t be able to argue with.
The following is a passage from the book Ordinary Men by Christopher Browning. The story can be found on pages 93 and 94. It is an account of German Reserve Police Battalion 101 (not a military unit, but regular police), which was part of the “Final Solution”, and its operation to clear Jews from the Polish town of Miedzyrzec. It’s worth noting that this operation was witnessed by one police captain’s pregnant wife, who had come to visit her new husband.
The usual orders were given to shoot anyone trying to escape, as well as the sick, old, and frail who could not march to the train station just outside town.
While the men waited for [Captain] Wohlauf ‘s return, they encountered a Security Police officer already quite drunk, despite the early hour. It was soon apparent that the Hiwis [Lithuanian, Latvian and Ukrainian volunteers] were also drunk. They shot so often and so wildly that the policemen frequently had to take cover to avoid being hit. The policemen “saw the corpses of Jews who had been shot everywhere in the streets and houses.”
Driven by the Hiwis and policemen, thousands of Jews streamed into the marketplace. Here they had to sit or squat without moving or getting up. As the hours passed on this very hot August day of the late summer heat wave, many Jews fainted and collapsed. Moreover, beating and shooting continued in the marketplace. Having removed her military coat as the temperature rose, Frau Wohlauf [the captain’s pregnant wife] was clearly visible in her dress on the marketplace, watching the events at close range.
About 2:00 p. m. the outer guard was called to the marketplace, and one or two hours later the march to the train station began.
The entire force of Hiwis and policemen was employed to drive the thousands of Jews along the route. Once again, shooting was common. The “foot sick” who could go no farther were shot and left lying on the side of the road. Corpses lined the street to the train station.
One final horror was reserved to the end, for the train cars now had to be loaded. While the Hiwis and Security Police packed 120 to 140 Jews into each car, the reserve policemen stood guard and observed. As one remembered:
When it didn’t go well, they made use of riding whips and guns. The loading was simply frightful. There was an unearthly cry from these poor people, because ten or twenty cars were being loaded simultaneously. The entire freight train was dreadfully long. One could not see all of it. It may have been fifty to sixty cars, if not more. After a car was loaded, the doors were closed and nailed shut.
Once all the cars were sealed, the men of Reserve Police Battalion 101 quickly departed without waiting to see the train pull away.
The clearing of the Miedzyrzec ghetto was the largest deportation operation the battalion would carry out during its entire participation in the Final Solution. Only 1,000 Jews in Miedzyrzec had been given temporary work permits to remain in the ghetto until they could be replaced with Poles. Thus some 11,000 were targeted for deportation. The policemen knew that “many hundreds” of Jews were shot in the course of the operation, but of course they did not know exactly how many. The surviving Jews who collected and buried the bodies did know, however, and their count was 960.
Please ask yourself: did you read any mention of resistance in that passage?
The Jews murdered or deported from Miedzyrzec didn’t fight back. They couldn’t. They had no weapons except possibly knives and farm implements, and were absolutely no threat to the men rounding up and killing them. That passage, which is drawn from accounts of the policemen themselves, shows not even a hint of worry on the part of the killers. The Hiwis were drunk. The policemen felt no need to take defensive measures. A pregnant woman in a German military coat was able to freely wander the area, with no fear of attack.
Now ask yourself what might have happened if 10% of the 11,000 Jews murdered or deported that day had been armed with rifles or pistols. If you honestly don’t know, or if you’ve taken leave of logic and insist “it wouldn’t have made a difference if the Jews were armed”, let me answer that for you.
This operation took some time, and shots were fired from the beginning. Bodies were strewn throughout the village early on. The Jews of Miedzyrzec realized quickly what awaited them. Had 10%, over a thousand people, been armed with concealed pistols and rifles capable of hitting a man at even 100 yards, they could have mounted a defense. They would have changed the dynamic from “murderous free for all” to “police and Hiwis have to fear for their lives”. The men who shot, beat and forced Jews onto trains without worry would have had to be on guard against an unexpected pistol shot to the back of the head, or an urban sniper’s bullet from a darkened window.
Had their victims been armed, Police Battalion 101 would have faced a fight instead of a leisurely day of genocide. And keep in mind, these weren’t hardened SS warriors; they were regular civilian policemen, older than their German Army counterparts, who had homes and families to which they wanted to return. Some of them did quietly return to civilian police work after the war. They weren’t dedicated to murder even at the cost of their own lives (some refused to take part in the operations). They likely would have been far less willing to commit mass murder had they faced even the possibility of their own deaths.
History shows us that killing unarmed, defenseless people is easy. Killing armed and angry people is much harder. Facing men and women who are protecting their children with guns is a nightmare. Even if the Nazis had “won” at Miedzyrzec, their victory might have come at such a prohibitively high cost as to discourage other planned operations. At the very least, every operation would have required far more men and resources, which would have lowered the number of towns the Nazis could clear.
In short, armed resistance to the Nazis, even if it didn’t stop the Holocaust, would have saved lives.
Of course, GQ, Funny or Die, and who knows how many other liberal sites will mock this idea. Those who have joined the “guns don’t make you safer!” cult won’t consider past history, or current events in the Middle East, or even the painful truths revealed every time defenseless people are slaughtered by a lunatic right here in America. These people – for whatever reason – hate guns so much that they refuse to acknowledge the simplest of facts: when someone is trying to murder you, fighting back is a better option than letting them murder you. And the best way to fight back is with a gun. You do not somehow become safer by being a better victim.
Don’t believe me? Ask the Jews. Six million disarmed and defenseless Jews were murdered by the Nazis. Israeli Jews are now armed to the teeth. Several Arab countries, full of people who hate Jews at least as much as Hitler, have tried several times to wipe Israel off the map. They’ve failed every time. Is it possible – is it just crazy enough to be true – that Israeli Jews haven’t been massacred because they’re armed, trained and willing to fight back?
Many of our fellow citizens lead such sheltered lives, have been so safe for so long, they don’t even comprehend the danger that exists outside the college campuses and coffeehouses where they confirm each others’ idiotic bias against about guns. They don’t really believe so-called humans would laugh and praise their god as they shot innocent children, or raped terrified women, or gassed and burned defenseless men. Yet that kind of human exists, and has existed for our entire history. Those people can only be stopped with brute force. GQ and Funny or Die can’t reason with them, or explain to them that guns are bad so they don’t need them.
Ben Carson has said some dumb things. What he said about the Holocaust was not one of them. An armed population is in fact harder to massacre than an unarmed population. That is the brutal and uncomfortable truth.
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Chris Hernandez Mad Duo Chris (seen here on patrol in Afghanistan) may just be the crustiest member of the eeeee-LIGHT writin’ team here at Breach-Bang-Clear. He is a veteran of both the Marine Corps and the Army National Guard who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is also a veteran police officer of two decades who spent a long (and eye-opening) deployment as part of a UN police mission in Kosovo. He is the author of White Flags & Dropped Rifles – the Real Truth About Working With the French Army and The Military Within the Military as well as the modern military fiction novels Line in the Valley and Proof of Our Resolve. When he isn’t groaning about a change in the weather and snacking on Osteo Bi-Flex he writes on his own blog, Iron Mike Magazine, Kit Up! and Under the Radar. You can find his author page here on Tactical 16.