GOP Rep. Dragged for Suggesting Armed Jews Could Have Stopped Holocaust: ‘Rep Don Young Can F– Off’

“How many Jews were put in the ovens because they were unarmed?” asked Alaska GOP congressman Don Young  

Alaska Congressman Don Young suggested to an audience in Juneau last week that the Holocaust could have been avoided had Jewish people been armed.

“How many millions of people were shot and killed because they were unarmed? Fifty million in Russia,” Young said. “How many Jews were put in the ovens because they were unarmed?”

Young made the remarks at a gathering of the Alaska Municipal League and offered the idea in response to how school safety could be improved. The comment was recorded by Alaska Democrat Dimitri Shein who is planning to challenge Young for the seat he has occupied for more than four decades.

The story was previously reported by Alaska Public Media.

While the idea has been trotted out as a fringe pro-gun talking points for years, it’s an unusual position to be embraced by a sitting United States congressman. Young currently maintains an A+ ratings from the National Rifle Association.

In a statement, Young’s office said that his remarks were taken out of context.

“Congressman Young’s statement last week has been taken entirely out of context,” it read. “He was referencing the fact that when Hitler confiscated firearms from Jewish Germans, those communities were less able to defend themselves. He was not implying that an armed Jewish population would have been able to prevent the horrors of the Holocaust, but his intended message is that disarming citizens can have detrimental consequences.”

Online, however, that explanation proved insufficient and Young was savaged by Blue Check Twitter — and beyond.