I swear by all that’s Holy, this is an actual letter to the editor in the local smut sheet this morning. I damned near choked on my ham sandwich when I read it.
And no, this was not a parody letter, I’ve seen similar drivel from the leftist author before.
Pay particular attention to the first sentence in the 3rd paragraph.
And this man votes…..
As a part-time writer and author I’ve always thought it important to check my facts before publication. From reading letters to The Bee, it appears that some writers do not share this concern. A recent contribution, written by a gun owner opposed to gun control, repeats the claim that Adolf Hitler bragged that with full gun registration in Germany “the world would follow.”
Unfortunately, the statement, usually cited as being made in 1935, is total fantasy — there was no German gun registration law passed in 1935. The gun control laws that existed in Germany were put in place at the end of World War I, prior to the Nazi takeover (these laws were passed to keep guns out of the hands of Communists and, ironically, Nazis).
Under Hitler, previous gun restrictions were lifted for everyone except Jews. As has been said, “you are entitled to your own opinions but you are not entitled to your own ‘facts.’ ” Given the emotional nature of the gun debate, facts should be cited in support of a particular position, not made-up and fictional nonsense.
Michael A. Nelson