In an argument against gun control an Alaska congressman suggested that Jews could have survived the Holocaust if they'd been armed.
'How many Jews were put in the ovens because they were unarmed?' Don Young asked during a speech Tuesday.
His response came after a question posed by Anchorage Democrat Dimitri Shein, who is running for Young's seat, Alaska Public Media reported.
Young made the comment during a speech to the Alaska Municipal League.
He is a National Rifle Association Board Member and has said he thinks arming teachers could prevent school shootings in the future. He has been a representative in Alaska since 1973.
The argument that gun control allowed the rise of Hitler and the tragedy of the Holocaust has circulated among gun-rights advocates for several years.
One of the fist times it was mentioned during a publicized speech was in 2015 when CNN's Wolf Blitzer challenged Ben Carson.
'I'm telling you there is a reason these dictatorial people take guns first,' Carson said.
Carson also argued that point in his book A More Perfect Union, and at least twice on the campaign trail.
The line has also been pushed by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on his website InfoWars and by the NRA.
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