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March 18, 2013
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Letter: How low can Senator Kruse go?

Just how low can Senator Jeff Kruse go?

In his March e-newsletter, Kruse launched what he called his “parting shot” to his constituents who want expanded gun safety legislation in Oregon. He quotes Adolf Hitler in 1935 after passage of something called the “Weapons Act” (which never existed), expanding the fiction further to have Hitler saying that “...our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future.”

There is no (zero) record of any gun restriction legislation passed in Germany in 1935. The Versailles Treaty of 1919 had disarmed Germany after WWI, long before Hitler came to power. Fact-checking both Mein Kampf and Hitler’s speeches from 1935 shows absolutely no correlation to the words in Kruse’s “quote.” Hitler never said those words. I repeat, he never said them.

The talk.politics.gun FAQ (http://rkba.org/research/rkba.faq), which is pro-gun, includes a number of such quotes such as the one Kruse sites in its “Pious Frauds” section and, to its credit, refutes them. This popular right wing hoax story has been debunked over and over, but historical truth doesn’t seem to matter to the folks who keep it going round and round in right-wing fantasy land.

Kruse ends his newsletter piece with the snarky “How did that work out for them?”

So let me get this straight: he’s equating Oregonians concerned with reducing gun violence with Hitler. But Hitler never said those things. Don’t the facts matter to our Senator Kruse? Is he just confused or is he rewriting history to rile up his Tea Party friends?

Senator Kruse insults his constituents by equating his opponents with Nazis.

Our Sheriff Hanlin says he doesn’t have to enforce federal or state gun laws.

I feel safer already.

Sara Byers


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The News-Review Updated May 29, 2013 08:38AM Published Mar 18, 2013 08:50AM Copyright 2013 The News-Review. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.