David Barton Compares President Obama to Hitler, Stalin, Castro

David Barton — the far right’s favorite phony “historian,” a former Texas Republican Party vice chairman, and the head of the right-wing Texas-based group WallBuilders — is so classless and has such contempt for American voters that he’s comparing President Obama to Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin and Fidel Castro.

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“The men who support your right to bear arms: Washington, Jefferson, Hamilton- Those who do not: Hitler, Stalin, Castro, Obama”

Now let’s put aside the lie about Hitler and gun control, which the pro-guns crowd continues to promote shamelessly despite the fact that it’s been thoroughly debunked (such as here). Instead, take a moment to consider Barton’s outrageous and reprehensible comparison. On the one hand is a president who thinks sensible regulations to keep firearms out the hands of crazy people are compatible with the Second Amendment. On the other are some of history’s worst criminals and mass murderers. After all, universal background checks for gun purchases and barring the sale of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines that have been used to slaughter scores of people in schools and theaters are just like sending millions of Jews to the gas chambers, imprisoning and executing countless political opponents, and plunging the world into its bloodiest and most ghastly war. Right?

We suppose Barton also thinks the majority of American voters, who have elected President Obama twice, are just like the Nazi Brownshirts. Despicable.

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20 Comments

  1. David Bell
    Posted February 20, 2013 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    Unfortunately for those who would like to link Hitler and the National Socialists with gun control, the entire premise for such an effort is false. German firearms legislation under Hitler, far from banning private ownership, actually facilitated the keeping and bearing of arms by German citizens by eliminating or ameliorating restrictive laws which had been enacted by the government preceding his: a left-center government which had contained a number of Jews.

  2. I Am Common Sense
    Posted January 29, 2013 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    We need to ban all weapons. We need to make it illegal to own a firearm in the US. We need to make it illegal to possess a firearm in the U.S.

    The only thing I can’t figure out is how to take the guns from the criminals that don’t have any regard for life let alone, regard for gun laws.

    Oh well, at least with gun laws making it illegal to have firearms, the people with respect for laws and life will give up their firearms thereby drastically reducing the amount of firearms to only the ones used by criminals to wage attacks on now totally helpless citizens. This is the best time to do it when crime is up all over the country.

    I just don’t get why the NRA and gun owners and anyone that appreciated their freedom just doesn’t get this.

  3. Nelson
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    David Barton a historical revisionist who makes his living prevaricating to the maximum. We cannot for one second believe that anything he says is true and completely objective.
    What is wrong with the Christian people? They even though he has been thoroughly debunked many times continue to blithely take every word hes says as gospel.

  4. Charles
    Posted January 25, 2013 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

    Bev,

    I suspect “ideal log” would be the better term. You know where logs belong.

  5. Posted January 25, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    Poor Barton. He is a mentally ill ideolog who simply cannot get it through his calcified brain that the majority of Americans voted for President Obama and the majority of Americans are NOT funny-mental whatever they are. Christian he isn’t. I can’t imagine a Christian saying the things he thinks and says.

    He thinks that if HE thinks something that ALL people think the way he does. The man needs to be put someplace where he cannot hurt himself or others.

  6. Posted January 25, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    He’s the one who is suing people who run for office for exercising their constitutionally guaranteed right of free speech.

  7. Gary
    Posted January 25, 2013 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    If memory serves, both Hitler and Stalin forced millions of men to bear arms (and millions of men and women to help manufacture them).
    Isn’t that the opposite of taking away all the guns?

  8. breckenridge
    Posted January 24, 2013 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

    Actually Barton and his fellow religious right whackos have much more in common with Hitler than the average guy on the street. Hitler was a Christian nationalist who bemoaned the decline of society as evidenced by theater productions he considered racy, books he thought were filthy, alternative lifestyles, etc. He also spoke frequently about the general moral decline in Germany.

    Sound familiar?

    • Hartmut
      Posted January 25, 2013 at 4:50 am | Permalink

      Well, since writing became developed enough to express such thoughts, it has been a constant complaint (usually by old men) that society is going downhill, youngsters have no morals and no respect for tradition and that total collapse is just round the next corner. The main differences were about whether the youngsters only had violence and war in mind or whether they lacked the proper violent and warlike spirits.

  9. Rob Miller
    Posted January 24, 2013 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

    I will never understand these nuts that take a regulation and equal it to an outright ban. I’ve read the proposition of regulations on the white house website and see no problem what so ever with it and I’m for being able to own guns. Of course this all depends on how accurate the proposal posted on the website is.

    • Posted January 25, 2013 at 10:07 am | Permalink

      It’s not that uncommon. Both the Pro-life and Pro-Choice crowds have that same attitude. Any sensible movement in either direction has one or the other of them pulling out the dominio theory. There are plenty of other groups that have that end-times mentality.

  10. Posted January 24, 2013 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

    Dang! Those Canadians not only have gun control — but Canada is located just inches away from us! And they refuse to honor the Second Amendment!!!!

    • Gary
      Posted January 25, 2013 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

      Canada actually has gun control laws AND a great many guns in private ownership, AND a far lower rate of violent crime than the U.S.
      So why can’t we do that here? I dunno, maybe for the same reason we can’t have national health care here?

  11. Posted January 24, 2013 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    Julian Castro?

  12. Posted January 24, 2013 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    On the positive side, this is starting to sound like a good party /drinking game.
    How many things can you compare to Hitler?
    Maybe have a deck of cards with random topics that you have to somehow connect to Hitler.

    • Gary
      Posted January 25, 2013 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

      My liver would explode within an hour if I took a drink every time somebody brought up Hilter.

      There are a lot of bad things in the world that are in no way related to or similar to Nazis or Hitler. But why bother to think of anything else as long as the Hitler thing still works?

  13. Charles
    Posted January 24, 2013 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    All I can say is this, Barton and his Republican buddies had better find a way to appreciate assorted people of numerous races and ethnic extractions—especially being as how most of the American people will soon be those people—and no one wants a party made up of old conservative white guys.

    Okay. I will declare it. On November 7, 2012, we left the Nutball Conservative Era and entered the:

    “Progressive Emergent Rainbow Era” (PERE)

    Now repeat after me:

    “I am a son of my PERE.”

    “I am a daughter of my PERE.”

    • Gary
      Posted January 25, 2013 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

      It seems that most old conservative white guys DO want a party of old conservative white guys. They keep voting for it. But they are a shrinking percentage of the electorate.

  14. Posted January 24, 2013 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

    In any other culture, he’d be the raving homeless man on the corner talking to himself because no one else will listen and he’s too insane to get a job.

  15. Posted January 24, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    Bless his heart, he’s just not coping well.

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