Samuel “Joe The Plumber” Wurzelbacher, the 2008 campaign microcelebrity and Ohio congressional candidate, has an interesting theory about the Holocaust. Yesterday, Mr. Wurzelbacher released a campaign web video in which he blamed the Holocaust and the Armenian genocide on gun control laws.
“In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917 one-point-five million Armenians, unable to defend themselves were exterminated,” Mr. Wurzelbacher says in the clip. “In 1939, Germany established gun control. From 1939 to 1945, six million Jews and seven million others unable to defend themselves were exterminated.”
Mr. Wurzelbacher’s video features footage of him on a shooting rage blasting fruits and vegetables with a shotgun. As the clip draws to a close, Mr. Wurzelbacher, gun in hand, proclaims, “I love America.”
The description of the video describes gun ownership as “our last line of defense” from tyranny and poses a rather existential question about Mr. Wurzelbacher’s produce shooting hobby.
“If you hunt or just like shooting guns, the 2nd Amendment will always be a good thing. History also tells us it’s our last line of defense in the face of an out-of-control government,” the description says. “And killing fruits and vegetables is… what?”
Update (4:31 p.m.): We spoke to Mr. Wurzelbacher’s campaign spokesman, Phil Christofanelli, who said “there’s nothing offensive” about this video and suggested gun control may have also helped cause slavery in the United States.
Watch Mr. Wurzelbacher’s video below.