The famed and likeable crooner recently demonstrated he understands neither the history of the Nazi rise to power nor the greatness of America.
“I just believe that assault weapons -- they were invented for war. They shouldn’t be on our streets here," Bennett said a few days ago.
"This is the kind of [turn] that happened to the great country of Germany, where the Nazis came over, created tragic things, and they had to be told off," Bennett continued. "And if we continue this kind of violence and accept it in our country, the rest of the world is going to take care of us in a very bad way. We should learn that we’re the greatest country because we’re all different nationalities, different religions, and we should show the rest of the world how to behave."
Not true, argues attorney and columnist Ben Shapiro. "The Nazis didn’t rise to power thanks to an armed population," he explains. "They secured their power at least in part thanks to a disarmed population. The Weimar government passed gun registration and licensing for all guns in 1928. And the Nazis were the purveyors of mass violence, not the result of it."
As for the U.S., "the notion that America is great because of her diversity, as Tony Bennett seems to say, not because of the freedoms guaranteed to each American by God -- freedoms protected by the citizenry itself -- is a vision of the universe that cannot stand the test of time. Diversity rests on rule of law. And rule of law rests on rights. And rights rest on the American people’s ability to protect their lives, liberties, and pursuit of happiness," Shapiro writes.