Argumentum Ad Hitlerum: Gun Safety Law Edition

Argumentum ad Hitlerum
Argumentum ad Hitlerum

Do you know what is just like Nazi Germany? Gun safety regulations, of course. Background checks, to be precise. That is according to NRA spokesperson Brian Judy, who presented this gem of historical analogy at a pro-gun rally in the state of Washington last week. It is also factually wrong.

A brief look at the Wikipedia article “Overview of gun laws by nation” reveals that there are many countries around the world with some sort of background check examining mental health required for gun ownership.

Among the countries that have this gun safety regulation in place are Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Israel, and the United Kingdom.

Now that would be quite a lot of countries governed by Neo-Nazis.

This is of course total nonsense and only illustrates that the NRA’s Mr. Judy is not interested in facts but careless hyperbole.

It is but one more ridiculous example of playing the Nazi card, the argumentum ad Hitlerum, because one’s argument is not based on valid facts.