Widespread civil disarmament is a recipe for unbridled tyranny. A Delaware senator made this observation publicly this week and is now taking flak from his progressive peers in the General Assembly.
“For we in this chamber to think that it (the Holocaust) can’t happen here? That is absolutely a fool’s errand,” said state Sen. Dave Lawson (R-Kent County) on Monday, while speaking on the Senate floor.
“We can when we continue to take away the rights, we continue to work on disarming our population, our legally owned firearms, taking away and continue to encroach on that. … We continue this path that we’re taking, please don’t forget that everything that Hitler did was legal. Murdering those people was legal. Disarming those people was legal. Do we want to follow that same path? Because I’m telling you, from where I sit, it’s not that far away.”
Sen. Lawson made his comments while the chamber was voting on a bill to have Delaware officially recognize International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Jan. 27th — a bill Lawson supported.
During the proceedings, 89-year-old Holocaust survivor Ann Jaffe shared her story. One of Lawson’s critics claim that he unfairly politicized Jaffe’s experience and that he should apologize for doing so.
“Sen. Lawson took that horrifying recounting of surviving a genocide, and while Ms. Jaffe was still in the chamber, tried to turn her somber story into a Second Amendment argument,” said state Rep. Debra Heffernan (D-Bellefonte). “Sen. Lawson owes Ms. Jaffe an apology.”
Lawson, a former cop, responded Tuesday, arguing that his comments about the government infringing on individual rights actually resonated with Ms. Jaffe.
“Mrs. Jaffe understood exactly what I was saying,” Lawson told Delaware Online. “And she sat there and nodded the whole time I was talking. And I walked over and talked to her afterwards. … I don’t owe her an apology or anyone else in the Holocaust. That’s bizarre. That’s a twist, an absolute twist by the Democrat machine. I don’t owe anyone an apology. This is a country that supports free speech … I have a right to say those things.”
Caution was the apparent message, as Lawson went on to say that “history repeats itself and we’re well on our way” because of the “path that we are headed with legislation generally enables this kind of behavior.”
The Republican senator did not refer to any specific legislation but noted that along with gun control, limitations on free speech and abortion laws are leading us down a dangerous road.
Fellow state Sen. Laura Sturgeon (D-Brandywine West) blasted Lawson on Facebook, writing, “He actually believes a Holocaust Remembrance resolution with survivor testimony is a good time to make a pro-gun political argument.”
Likewise, Democratic Party Chairman Erik Raser-Schramm chided Lawson.
“His comments suggest either a primitive understanding of the horrific forces that led to the Nazi slaughter of 6 million Jews, or a sinister motive to pervert history to fit his hard-line narrative on guns,” said Raser-Schramm in a statement “We must reject the disquieting, politically motivated exploitation of the Holocaust without ever forgetting its true lessons.”
In case there is any confusion on the matter or in case one is inclined to side with either Sturgeon or Raser-Schramm — the truth is gun control KILLS! The FACTS and DATA really speak for themselves.
Check out the “Death By Gun Control Chart” also known as the “Genocide Chart” put together by our friends over a JPFO (Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership). It settles the debate.
But if one is still skeptical about the deadly cost of gun control, read this: “New Study Proves Too Much Gun Control Far More Deadly Than Too Little.”