ISRAEL HAVE GUN CONTROL?
By: Ted Lang
It doesn’t take a senior rocket scientist to figure out that American Jews, who constitute 70 to 80 percent of the "liberal" vote for Democratic candidates, heavily favor gun control for ALL Americans in the United States. And there can be no greater proof of this anti-gun bias than an organization formed by Jews: Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership, or JPFO. But why does a religious entity in America have to identify itself as such?
Aaron Zelman, the Founder and Executive Director of JPFO, explained the need to establish a Jewish pro-gun/pro-Second Amendment organization in an interview with Guns & Ammo magazine back in April 1996. When asked precisely this question by G&A, Zelman offered the following explanation: "JPFO was founded in 1989 to stop anti-Semites from accusing all Jews of being ‘anti-gun’ on account of a few misguided, high-profile ‘anti-gun’ Jews. JPFO also wanted to show to show that Jewish Law mandates self-defense, and that ‘gun control’ subverts Jewish Law; and finally to [inspire] any silent Jewish firearm-owners to speak up."
Guns & Ammo
then asks the disturbing question directly: "Many Jews support gun
control. Is this so? Why?"
Zelman continues, "Jews who back ‘gun control’ do not know that the Talmud –Judaism’s Law Code - mandates self-defense. In Tractates B'rachos (Blessings), pp. 58a and 62b, and Sanhedrin (Law Courts), p. 72a, it is written: ‘And the Torah says, if someone comes to kill you, arise quickly and kill him.’ (The Torah is the Five Books of Moses from the Bible). This repetition in separate contexts shows that self-defense is every Jew’s personal duty. For Jews, life is so precious that the only things a Jew may not do to save his own life are commit murder, worship idols, and engage in forbidden forms of sex."
All Americans are familiar with the Jewish names that support "gun control," a euphemism Zelman always likes to ensconce in quote marks to highlight the foolishness of the term, and which serves to disguise the real intent of Second Amendment abolitionists: the total abolition of all citizen ownership of any and all firearms. Lead "high profile" Jewish gun abolitionist, Senator Dianne Feinstein, said as much on CBS’ 60 Minutes a few years back. CBS doesn’t much discuss the hypocrisy of Feinstein who carries a handgun, or the hypocrisy of Senator Chuck Schumer who has an armed former New York City Police detective as a bodyguard. And then of course, there’s Rosy O’Donnell.
Liberal and Jewish gun abolitionists always rely on news events, especially tragic ones such as Columbine, to make their case that a complete eradication of the gun industry, including the manufacture, shipping and transportation, the wholesaling and retailing of firearms, would make guns disappear from the face of the earth, thereby eliminating war, crime and Man’s inhumanity to Man. And of course the UN, with its New World Order agenda, feels precisely the same way: only the police and the military should have firearms; only government requires them. This is totally against the grain, as well as the rule of law, in this land, formerly unique as a constitutionally limited republican government of the people, not the military and the police.
Recently, another horrendous school massacre took place, and in a nation where firearms ownership by ordinary citizens was never a favorite idea of the former totalitarian Soviet dictatorship. It is now evident, that rather than the peaceful dissent of the ballot box, political differences are resolved by the automatic weapons fire of armed rebellion. Both sides in the Chechen/Russian dispute have perpetrated brutalities. The final horrific toll: 359 killed, including 156 children.
Writing for National Review Online, Dave Kopel, a lawyer/journalist and long-time pro-gun supporter and Research Director for the Independence Institute, wrote before the final body count was determined: "No one knows how this horrible situation will end; but we do know that it could have been prevented. Decades ago, Israel adopted a policy that swiftly ended terrorist attacks against schools. Earlier this year, Thailand adopted a similar approach. It is politically incorrect, but it does have the advantage of saving the lives of children and teachers. The policy? Encourage teachers to carry firearms."
It may be recalled, that when a few years back, our nation experienced a rash of savage copy-cat shootings in schools all across the country, one shooting was stopped when an assistant principal ran out to his car and armed himself with a handgun and confronted the shooter; the massacre was stopped. And two armed students at the Appalachian Law School performed a similar life-saving service by being armed. But does the gun-hating media point this out?
In his article, "Follow the Leader – Israel and Thailand set an example by arming teachers," Kopel states, "Muslim extremists in Thailand’s southern provinces of Narathiwat, Yala, and Pattani have been carrying out a terrorist campaign, seeking to create an Islamic state independent of Thailand, whose population is predominantly Buddhist. Most teachers are Buddhists, and they have been a key target of the terrorists, who have also perpetrated arsons against dozens of schools.
As reported by the Associated Press (‘Thailand allows teachers in restive south to carry guns for protection’) on April 27, 2004, ‘Interior Minister Bhokin Bhalakula ordered provincial governors to give teachers licenses to buy guns if they want to even though it would mean bringing firearms into the classrooms when the region's 925 schools reopen May 17 after two months of summer holiday’"
Kopel cites the AP article: "Pairat Wihakarat, the president of a teachers’ union in the three provinces, said more than 1,700 teachers have already asked for transfers to safer areas. Those who are willing to stay want to carry guns to protect themselves, he said."
Kopel goes on: "Gun-control laws in Thailand are extremely strict, and are being tightened even more because of three school shootings (perpetrated by students) that took place in a single week in June 2003. Two students were killed. But though Thailand’s government is extremely hostile to gun ownership in general, it has recognized that teachers ought to be able to safeguard their students and themselves."
Kopel asks: "Will Thailand’s new strategy work? It did in Israel, as David Schiller detailed in an interview with Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership. Schiller was born in West Germany and moved to Israel, where he served in the military as a weapons specialist. He later returned to Germany, and was hired as a counterterrorism expert by the Berlin police office, as well as by police forces of other German cities. For a while he worked in the terrorism research office of the RAND corporation, and for several years he published a German gun magazine.
Schiller recalls that Palestine Liberation Organization attacks on Israeli schools began during Passover 1974. The first attack was aimed at a school in Galilee. When the PLO terrorists found that it was closed because of Passover weekend, they murdered several people in a nearby apartment building.
Then, on May 15, 1974, in Maalot:
Israel at the time had some strict gun laws, left over from the days of British colonialism, when the British rulers tried to prevent the Jews from owning guns. After vigorous debate, the government began allowing army reservists to keep their weapons with them. Handgun carry permits were given to any Israeli with a clean record who lived in the most dangerous areas: Judea, Samaria, and Gaza.
All over Israel, guns became pervasive in the schools:
After a while, ‘When the message got around to the PLO groups and a couple infiltration attempts failed, the attacks against schools ceased.’"
In what was once considered as the freest land in the world, countries like Israel and Thailand put US to shame. While our easily purchased corrupt politicians proclaim, "no child will be left behind," it is becoming more and more apparent that the last thing our politicians care about is our children and their future.
Israel and Thailand have adopted a policy of heavily gun-laden zones, while limp-wristed, candy-assed American sissy "girlymen" politicians participate in backroom trickery to violate our rights and freedoms precluding US from engaging in crime prevention. They would rather rely upon fascist police state after-the-fact crime-reporting, investigation and body bag logistics. And oh yeah, school and group prayer and counseling are also permitted after the carnage against our children has been successfully carried out by the partnership of criminals and politicians.
Compare the sane gun and school policies of Israel and Thailand, and the idiotic lunacy of Australia and Great Britain. In which countries is crime being brought under control, and where is it skyrocketing out of control? And although the killings are down in Israeli schools, the atrocities against Palestinians foster the terrorism against all Israelis. Firearms ownership requires peaceful intentions to work effectively as a crime prevention tool. And we have even forgotten how to do that, never mind allowing our politicians to destroy our Bill of Rights and to set up our children for the many school massacres to come.
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Ted Lang is a freelance writer and political analyst. He is a regular columnist for Ether Zone. Ted Lang can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Published in the September
23, 2004 issue of Ether Zone.