NRA official invokes Holocaust in N.J. gun safety debate

(JTA) — A board member of the National Rifle Association is under fire for attacking the mayor of Jersey City for supporting gun safety proposals since “his grandparents were Holocaust survivors.”

Scott Bach, who is also the executive director of the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs, in an interview on the NRA News website, criticized a proposal by Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop to survey vendors bidding to supply firearms to local law enforcement about how they handle gun safety issues.

“His grandparents were Holocaust survivors according to Wikipedia. So you’ve got to wonder why he is not getting it,” Bach said.

Bach pointed out that the mayor, who worked for Goldman Sachs prior to 9-11, joined the Marines after the attack.

“No matter how strong one’s objections are to a policy, or how committed an organization is to its mission, invoking the Holocaust to score political points is offensive and has no place in civil discourse,” Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, said in a statement issued Monday.

“It is especially disturbing that in the debate over gun control in America, Holocaust analogies and references to Nazi Germany flow so freely off the lips of critics of gun control.  There is absolutely no comparison of the issue of gun control in the U.S. to the genocidal actions of the Nazi regime,” Foxman said.