Gun Rally Hitler Poster

NRA President David Keene on Fred Dicker’s Talk-1300 radio show defended the use of Hitler’s image in the context of the New York gun control law after several signs at yesterday’s rally compared Gov. Andrew Cuomo to the Nazi dictator.

In the interview, Keene said that protestors and gun-rights advocates understood that dictators stripped citizens of their right to own a firearm.

“Folks that are cognizant of the history — not just in Germany but elsewhere — look back to the history and say we can’t let that sort of thing happen here,” Keene said in the interview.

It’s not the first time that Hitler has been invoked when it comes to the gun control law.

Republican Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin apologized last month after he said Hitler, Mussolini and Stalin “would be proud” of how the measure was passed with a message of necessity.

Keene attended the rally yesterday against the law, one of the largest in recent memory that organizers say drew 10,000 people to the Capitol in Albany.