NRA Member Invokes Holocaust in N.J. Gun Safety Debate

American Rifle Association activist said he is baffled why the grandson of Holocaust survivors would advance gun regulations.

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The Anti-Defamation league censured on Tuesday the remarks of Scott Bach, New Jersey board member of the National Rifle Association, who invoked the Holocaust to oppose an anti-gun law proposal.

Bach, who is also the executive director of the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs, in an interview on the NRA News website last week criticized a proposal by Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop to survey vendors bidding to supply firearms to local law enforcement about how they handle gun safety issues.

“(Fulop's) grandparents were Holocaust survivors according to Wikipedia. So you’ve got to wonder why he is not getting it,” Bach said.

Bach pointed out that the mayor, who worked for Goldman Sachs prior to the September 11 terrorist attack, joined the Marines after it.

Bach came under fire by the Anti-Defamation League. “No matter how strong one’s objections are to a policy, or how committed an organization is to its mission, invoking the Holocaust to score political points is offensive and has no place in civil discourse,” Abraham Foxman, national director of the ADL, said in a statement issued Monday.

“It is especially disturbing that in the debate over gun control in America, Holocaust analogies and references to Nazi Germany flow so freely off the lips of critics of gun control. There is absolutely no comparison of the issue of gun control in the U.S. to the genocidal actions of the Nazi regime,” Foxman said.

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