The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle has called for the resignation of a National Rifle Association lobbyist who reportedly linked gun control to the Holocaust.
NRA spokesman Brian Judy reportedly made the comment while referring to a Jewish donor during a meeting about a Washington ballot measure, Initiative 594, which would expand background checks for gun purchases. Judy is a senior lobbyist for the NRA based in California.
“Now [Seattle entrepreneur Nick Hanauer is] funding, he’s put half a million dollars, toward this policy, the same policy that led to his family getting run out of Germany by the Nazis,” he said at the meeting. “That these people, it’s like any Jewish people I meet who are anti-gun, I think, ‘Are you serious? Do you not remember what happened?’ And why did that happen? Because they registered guns and then they took them.”
The Seattle federation has endorsed Initiative 594. The federation statement said: “It is deeply offensive for anyone to suggest that Jewish supporters of gun violence prevention have ‘forgotten’ the history of our people.” — jta