2/18/2013 4:03:00 PM Publisher's Column
Hitler's rise was
funded by guns
This was a banner week for bull manure coming into my email account. There were scams on everything from FedEx deliveries, credit score increases, cash offers, weight loss and auto insurance rates to gun control propaganda. The most disturbing email was the deceptive gun control propaganda, a recurrent lie about gun control in Nazi Germany, which was disturbing not only for the fact that it is untrue but also for the fact that otherwise intelligent people know so little of World War II history that they can be fooled into believing it.
Adolf Hitler never said, "This year will go down in history! For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration! Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future!"
He didn't say it in 1935 or at any other time. He didn't say it because it would have meant the end of his political career. He didn't say it because his rise was funded by German industrialists who manufactured guns.
Hitler rose to power by his brilliant use of propaganda with the backing of powerful industrialists who wanted freedom from what they viewed as the onerous terms which the Weimar Republic had agreed to in the Treaty of Versailles after World War I. Those terms ended private gun ownership in Germany. After Hitler came to power, he signed several laws restoring gun ownership to non-Jewish Germans.
I suspect Wayne LaPierre started the myth about Hitler and gun registration with his 1994 book Guns, Crime & Freedom, just one example of his use of the same propaganda tactics Hitler used.
My best friend was born in Nazi Germany. His father, who was a wealthy industrialist until his factories were bombed during WWII, told me how effectively Hitler's propaganda machine worked and put me on to the influence of the arms industrialists in funding Nazis, not because they liked Hitler but because they saw him as a way to remove the yoke of Versailles treaty terms. Chief among those industrialists was the Krupp family, Germany's foremost manufacturer of arms (and gas chambers) and the only people charged with war crimes after both the first and second World Wars.
Hitler did order the people disarmed in nations Germany conquered, but that is pretty standard practice by all armies.
Someone must have read my column mentioning my birthday and gotten the idea to put my name in the "FedEx" scam folder. I got several notices that an attempt had been made to deliver a package for which I was to print off an attached receipt and head to Fed Ex. (Three more came in while I was writing this column.)
Several people wrote to tell me my excellent credit score had been raised further and offering me a chance to view it for free, just click! Apparently based on my excellent credit score, there were also several offers of loans for $1,234 or more for whatever purpose I need it. How did they know I might need $1,234?
Thanks, also, to my great credit score and the fact that President Obama moved the JFK desk into the Rose Garden so he could sign a bill making this low rate available to me and a few other select Americans, I am eligible for auto insurance at the rate of $3.75 per week. Several people emailed me to remind me that I hadn't taken advantage of this opportunity yet.
Dr. Oz was looking out for my health and had determined, as did several others, that I am overweight, so he (or she?) "exposed" a flower extract to suppress my appetite. Some babe in a bikini offered green coffee bean extract that will burn my fat so I don't have to, but she didn't include her telephone number, not that I wanted it, Mel! Flyotheryear.com offered Flower Spice, which tricks your brain into burning calories so you don't even have to take green coffee bean extract. It must work because they ended the email with an emphatic, "IT'S TRUE!"
Ah, yes! Truth by internet. It pays to be skeptical.