John Rocker, the former Atlanta Braves relief pitcher-turned-columnist, has earned censures in the past for racist and homophobic remarks, but that’s apparently not holding him back from linking the current gun control debate to the Holocaust.
In a column for World Net Daily, a far-right site that has published columns by Michael Savage and Rick Santorum, Rocker shared his views on multiple fronts. In addition to criticizing President Barack Obama for the fiscal cliff and the implementation of Obamacare, Rocker took issue with Obama’s handling of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, alleging that the president had leveraged the tragedy for “political capital.”
“Above all of this sits the one issue few members of the GOP, even fewer conservative pundits and, worse, even the National Rifle Association, fail to realize is the pressing matter of our age: President Barack Obama’s decision to use the political capital garnered from the Sandy Hook tragedy to make an all-out assault on gun ownership,” wrote Rocker.
Rocker went on both to accuse the president of planning to “neuter” the Second Amendment and to praise Alex Jones’ recent appearance on “Piers Morgan Tonight,” but not before he made a comparison between attacks on gun ownership and the Holocaust.
“Mr. Obama wants to severely neuter the Second Amendment and disarm the law-abiding citizens of this nation, a similar act of tyrants throughout the 20th century such as Stalin, Mao and Hitler,” Rocker wrote. “Absolute certainties are a rare thing in this life, but one I think can be collectively agreed upon is the undeniable fact that the Holocaust would have never taken place had the Jewish citizenry of Hitler’s Germany had the right to bear arms and defended themselves with those arms.”
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Rocker’s post incited an immediate response from users on Twitter, many critical of the former baseball player.
“It truly would be best for society if every time John Rocker opened his mouth we pretended as though he was Charlie Brown's teacher,” wrote @JeffPassan, a sportswriter.