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    Gini Thomas & GOP Trivializing of the Holocaust

    Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, shared on her Facebook page a series of posts critical of the survivors of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting, who have become vocal advocates for gun control. Thomas shared a post Monday that included a pile of shoes from people killed during the Holocaust. The post was directed at students who walked out their classrooms last month to protest gun violence.

    "To all the kids that walked out of school to protest guns. These are the shoes of Jews that gave up their firearms to Hitler. They were led into gas chambers, murdered and buried in mass graves. Pick up a history book and you’ll realize what happens when u give up freedoms and why we have them," the post said. link

    Ginni Thomas

    The "pile of shoes picture" of Holocaust victims she shared:

    France, Poland, Russia, Greece, Norway, the United Kingdom, Holland and other nations had armies, navies, air forces equipped with battleships, tanks, armored troop vehicles, artillery, aircraft...etc. Those populous and equipped nations on the European continent were unable to prevent the Nazi onslaught across Europe which gave Hitler control of their cities, lands and their people. And those lands were where the Holocaust and countless other crimes were carried out.

    German troops march through Paris, 1940.

    It is a big lie, and a denigration of the dead to say the Jews of Europe could have repelled the Nazis with "guns". But Republicans will distort, fabricate and exploit any event in history to deceive those who are ill informed, in order to promote their warped ideology.

    Graves of those who were armed, trained, supported by all the armaments, leadership and training available to wealthy nations, who gave their lives defeating the Nazi's.


    Above, Russian graves in Germany

    Memorial in Poland to WW 2 War Dead

    Memorial to Greek and Allied Forces, Preveli, Greece

    Omaha Beach Cemetery, France



    Hot tip for Ginni: Zionists don't agree. 

    In Israel, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law 64 6

    Gun Ownership and Possession

    In Israel, only licensed gun owners66 10 25 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

    Genuine Reason Required for Firearm Possession

    Applicants for a gun owner’s licence in Israel are required to establish a genuine reason to possess a firearm, for example self-defence, hunting and sport67 68 69 10 63

    Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

    The minimum age for gun ownership in Israel is 27 years, or 21 years if served in the military67 63

    Gun Owner Background Checks

    An applicant for a firearm licence in Israel must pass a background check which considers health, mental health and criminal67 10 25 63 records

    Firearm Safety Training

    In Israel, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required70 63 for a firearm licence

    Gun Owner Licensing Period

    In Israel, gun owners must re-apply and re-qualify for their firearm licence every three years66 69

    Licensing Records

    In Israel, authorities maintain a record71 72 of individual civilians licensed to acquire, possess, sell or transfer a firearm or ammunition

    Limit on Number of Guns

    Licensed firearm owners in Israel are permitted to possess one firearm per licence63

    Limit on Quantity, Type of Ammunition

    Licensed firearm owners in Israel are permitted to possess a limited quantity of ammunition73 63

    Civilian Gun Registration

    In Israel, the law requires71 72 that a record of the acquisition, possession and transfer of each privately held firearm be retained in an official register

    Gun Manufacturer Record Keeping

    In Israel, licensed gun makers are required74 to keep a record of each firearm produced, for inspection by a regulating authority

    State-Owned Firearm Records

    In Israel, State agencies are required75 72 to maintain records of the storage and movement of all firearms and ammunition under their control

    ETC. continues, listing many more regulations....

    I recall Kristallnacht and Nazis burning books - I don't remember the brownshirts collecting firearms from Jews, or that home ownership of weapons was big in Berlin ir amburg. perhaps Ginni's reading the NRA's revised version of world events. Well, fuck her uninformed opinion.

    Wingnuts and the NRA try to promote Martin Luther King Jr as a staunch supporter of gun rights. In the early years, King did apply for a gun permit. Alabama refused his request. King believed in the use of a weapon for personal protection of others. As he grew in his philosophy of nonviolence, he gave up on personally owning a gun. After his home was bombed, the men who provided protection for the home were unarmed. King realized that armed black men would have been cut down by the more numerous weapons of the white police and citizens. King also realized that being surrounded by armed Secret Service agents did not save the life of JFK.

    Certainly a handgun wouldn't have saved him on that balcony either. If you're a target, you're a target. Short of being an Arabian prince or President with security detail, you have to deal with the risks.

    Another hot tip for Ginni:

    From General Jurgen Stroop, SS, Stroop Report. captured post-war before it could be destroyed by the Nazi's, describes the Uprising in the Jewish Warsaw Ghetto in April, 1943. Stroop was executed in Poland after the war. The ghetto had shops with skilled leather workers and tailoring shops producing items for the German Army. Work for the war effort was one of the only reasons any were still alive in 1943.

    From Stroop report text:

    Moreover, the Jews had succeeded in fortifying some of these factories as centers of resistance. Such a center of resistance in an Army accommodation office had to be attacked as early as the second day of the action by an Engineer's Unit equipped with flame throwers and by artillery. The Jews were so firmly established in this shop that it proved to be impossible to induce them to leave it voluntarily; I therefore resolved to destroy this shop the next day by fire.

    Photographs (some of 52 see link) of results of artillery and flame thrower attacks on Jewish rebels armed only with "guns":

    Warsaw Ghetto on fire, April 1943. Below artillery in use.

    SS General Jurgen Stroop supervises the destruction, below.

    Below, all survivors were transported for "resettlement"  most were murdered on arrival at camps like Auschwitz.

    Polanski's The Pianist is pretty amazing if you haven't seen it.

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