A viral campaign video in which Samuel “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher links gun control to the Holocaust has sickened some members of Ohio’s Jewish community, who sent the GOP congressional candidate a letter on Thursday that calls his claims “misguided,” “highly offensive” and “harmful to the Jewish community.”
The video shows him loading a gun and firing it at a variety of targets as he talks about gun control. “In 1911, Turkey established gun control,” he says. “From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves were exterminated.” “In 1939, Germany established gun control,” Wurzelbacher continues. “From 1939 to 1945, six million Jews and seven million others unable to defend themselves were exterminated.” Wurzelbacher campaign spokesman Phil Christofanelli said that his candidate has had Jewish people “call our office and thank us for the video,” and notes that groups like Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership make points similar to those made by Wurzelbacher.