Top GOP congressman: 'How many Jews were put in the ovens because they were unarmed?'

  • Republican Rep. Don Young suggested during a recent town hall in Juneau, Alaska, that more guns could have saved Jews in Germany during the Holocaust.
  • "How many Jews were put in the ovens because they were unarmed?" said Young, the longest-serving member of the House.
  • Young pinned the blame for the recent school shootings on video games and other media.

Republican Rep. Don Young of Alaska suggested that looser gun laws could have saved Jews during the Holocaust.

During a recent town hall event in Juneau, Alaska, Young was asked by Dimitri Shein, who is running as a Democrat in opposition to Young, what he thought of school safety.

In response, Young questioned how many people could have been saved in Germany during the Holocaust and the Russia under Joseph Stalin if guns were allowed.

"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?"

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UNITED STATES - MAY 03: ALASKA--House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Don Young, R-Alaska, during an interview in his office. (Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 25: HOUSE RESOURCES MARKUP--Chairman Don Young, R-Alaska, during markup. (Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MAY 03: ALASKA--House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Don Young, R-Alaska, during an interview in his office. (Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images)
390287 13: House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Don Young (R-AK), center, speaks as Continental Airlines CEO Gordon Bethune, left, and Southwest Airlines CEO Herb Kelleher, right, look on June 7, 2001 during a press conference concerning air passenger customer service improvements on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 29: Rep. Don Young, R-Ak, at an interview in his office (Photo By Chris Maddaloni/Roll Call/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 19: Don Young, R-Alaska, chairman, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee during a press conference for the introduction of the $375 billion highway and transit legislation. (Photo By Douglas Graham/Roll Call/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 23: TRANSPORTATION CONFERENCE--House Transportation Chairman Don Young, R-Alaska, and Senate Environment & Public Works Chairman James M. Inhofe, R-Okla., as House and Senate conferees meet to consider legislation (HR 3550) that would reauthorize surface transportation programs. (Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JULY 07: TRANSPORTATION REAUTHORIZATION--During the meeting of House and Senate conferees to consider legislation that would reauthorize surface transportation, House Transportation Chairman Don Young, R-Alaska, far left, responds to a statement by Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., predicting that no transportation bill will come out of the conference, and that Young has 'lost his pizzazz.' Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Chairman James M. Inhofe, R-Okla., looks on. (Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JULY 28: GOP 'GET OUT OF TOWN' RALLY--House Transportation Chairman Don Young, R-Alaska, and Geoff Davis, R-Ky, smile over the imminent consideration of the highway bill on the House floor after a rally with Republican House members in the U.S. Capitol celebrating the party's 'strong legislative record' before the August recess. The long-awaited highway bill is on track for House floor consideration late Thursday. (Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 24: Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, talks about the decor in his Rayburn office, September 24, 2008. (Photo By Tom Williams/Roll Call/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JULY 23: Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, attends an event in Cannon Building on reuniting military service dogs with their handlers, July 23, 2014. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 26: Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, conducts a news conference in the Capitol's Senate studio to 'respond to the Obama administration's efforts to lock up millions of acres of the nation's richest oil and natural gas prospects on the Arctic coastal plain and move to block development of Alaska's offshore resources,' January 26, 2015. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, also attended. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 02: Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, left, and Rep. Joseph Cao, R-La., talk about their friendship while sitting in Young's office in the Rayburn House Office Building on Tuesday, March 2, 2010. (Photo By Bill Clark/Roll Call/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 26: From left, Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, and Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, conduct a news conference in the Capitol's Senate studio to 'respond to the Obama administration's efforts to lock up millions of acres of the nation's richest oil and natural gas prospects on the Arctic coastal plain and move to block development of Alaska's offshore resources,' January 26, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
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The argument that gun control was a potential factor in the breadth of the Holocaust is not a new one: Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson and other politicians have suggested the connection in the past, But the Anti-Defamation League has consistently rejected the idea that gun control played a factor.

"The small number of personal firearms in the hands of the small number of Germany’s Jews (about 214,000) remaining in Germany in 1938 could in no way have stopped the totalitarian power of the Nazi German state," the ADL said in 2013. "When they had weapons, Jews could symbolically resist, as they did in the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and elsewhere, but could not stop the Nazi genocide machine."

Young is the dean of the House, a title given to the longest continuously serving member, and a long-time opponent of gun control measures. The Alaska Republican also pinned some of the recent school shootings on video games and other media.

"Let's go back to what we've done with video games," Young said. "Have any of you seen some of those video games? Have you watched what they're watching? It is the worst I've ever seen, violence beyond anyone's imagination."

Young also said that he supports President Donald Trump's suggestion to arm teachers as a way to stop shootings.

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