Rep. Don YoungDonald (Don) Edwin YoungRepublicans are the 21st-century Know-Nothing Party OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden suspends Arctic oil leases issued under Trump | Experts warn US needs to better prepare for hurricane season | Progressives set sights on Civilian Climate Corps Overnight Energy: Biden admin backs Trump approval of major Alaska drilling project | Senate Republicans pitch 8 billion for infrastructure | EPA to revise Trump rule limiting state authority to block pipelines MORE (R-Alaska) reportedly questioned how many Jews were "put in the ovens" because they didn't have guns to arm themselves.
“How many millions of people were shot and killed because they were unarmed? Fifty million in Russia,” Young said, according to Alaska Public Media.
“How many Jews were put in the ovens because they were unarmed?”
The comments reportedly came as Young was speaking during a conference in Juneau and was asked about school safety.
Alaska Public Media said Dimitri Shein, an Anchorage Democrat who is running for Young’s seat and was in the audience for his speech to the Alaska Municipal League last week, provided a recording of the comments.
Gun control has become a central issue in recent weeks since a gunman opened fire at a high school in Florida, killing 17 people.
Students who survived the shooting have become vocal advocates for gun control, demanding that lawmakers act to prevent another shooting.
Some lawmakers are pushing for new gun laws, including raising the minimum age people need to be to purchase certain guns.
Several companies have also moved to distance themselves from the National Rifle Association. Dick's Sporting Goods announced Wednesday it would stop selling assault-style rifles.
This report was updated at 3:40 p.m.