Originally written on Bush League Chronicle  |  Last updated 1/16/13

Former MLB pitcher John Rocker, who has a reputation of creating controversy, might have just stirred up the proverbial pot once again.The 38-year old is now a political columnist for World News Daily, and he recently used the platform to express his views on gun control, which is a very sensitive topic in this country right now. Naturally, given his track record of ill-advised remarks, he wrote something which is likely to upset some folks.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. 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.Wait, what? Is Rocker really suggesting the Holocaust could have been avoided if Jewish citizens had more firepower? I believe this is the case.This isn't the first time Rocker has voiced his opinion and came under fire for it.In a story published in a December 1999 issue of Sports Illustrated, Rocker made several questionable remarks regarding his hatred for New York City. Most of his remarks came across as racist, sexist, homophobic, and just generally offensive in nature.Rocker, who resides in Atlanta, broke into the major leagues with the Braves in 1998 as a hard-throwing reliever. He played in parts of four seasons with the Braves before being traded to the Indians during the middle of the year. Rocker was traded by the Indians to the Rangers a mere six months later. After one season with Texas, he later signed with Tampa Bay for the 2003 campaign.Marred by off-the-field issues, criticism from fans, and declining performance, Rocker was eventually released by Tampa Bay during June 2003. He took the 2004 season off to recover from shoulder surgery and tried to make a return to baseball in 2005. However, his comeback was short lived after being released by the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League in June 2005.

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