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Second Amendment Jews

"Peace comes through God-centered strength.....if you're an armed person, you're a citizen,  and if you're disarmed, you're a subject."  Charles Heller, Executive Director of Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership  (JPFO)  (1)

The JPFO, founded by the late Aaron Zelman in 1989, claims to be "America's most aggressive defender of the Second Amendment"  which provides that "A well-regulated militia being necessary for the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."   According to Heller,  "Gun control is poison"  since it has enabled  tyrants to commit genocide on unarmed populations.  Is he right?

Gun ownership is indeed deeply ingrained in the American culture;  the quoted Second Amendment was actually based upon  provisions of state constitutions that guaranteed the right to keep and bear arms.  None of the gun-control proposals now under consideration   in Washington or state capitals would infringe upon the right of a law-abiding sane citizen  to use a handgun or single-shot rifle to defend his home or business against criminals.  Every year robbers perish at the hands of armed storekeepers, and am I glad to see them eliminated.  Gun-control laws have had at best marginal  effects  in reducing gun violence. most of which is committed with  handguns, not assault weapons.   Background checks sound good, but  Lee Harvey Oswald  would have passed with flying colors, and   so would  Booth, Guiteau (2), Czolgosz (3) and Sirhan.  Of the major assassins in US history, only James Earl Ray (who killed Martin Luther King)  was a convicted felon.

But in the United States, Jews  are no more vulnerable to violent crime than anyone else; yet JPFO apparently  believes that  Jews have a special interest in gun rights.  The references to Nazi gun-control and genocide in JPFO literature indicate a rationale that is distinct from that of the NRA and other gun-advocacy groups:   Jews must arm themselves against another Holocaust----this one in America! 

The Talmud teaches that self-defense is indeed a Jewish value:  it is meritorious to kill someone who is threatening you or someone else (a rodef, or pursuer).   Had the Jews of Europe been adequately armed, they could have  made the genocidal efforts far more costly to the Nazis and their local collaborators;  had the price in German deaths  been great enough, maybe Hitler and his henchmen  would have abandoned the Final Solution altogether.  Actually, some Jews  did fight back against the Nazis  in the Warsaw Ghetto and in Jewish partisan groups, but  their valiant deeds had little effect, largely because of lack of co-operation from the Allies and  non-Jewish resistance groups.  Moreover, the German Army had not only guns, but  tanks, artillery and a world-class air force.  Only a similarly (or better) armed force  could defeat it.

Unlike Mr Heller,  I consider the prospect of a government-sponsored pogrom in this country  absurd, so I am not arming myself against  one.  To me, the best hope of preventing  the dystopian fantasy of a  Nazi or communist takeover here is to create a society that respects human rights and the rule of law, not stocking up on guns and ammo. And  I am still a citizen, not a subject.

Gerald S Glazer

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(1) Jewish pro-gun group fighting uphill  by Annysa Johnson in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,l Jan. 21, 2013, page 0A. 

(2) Assassin of President James Garfield.

(3) Assassin of President William McKinley. 

 

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solitarius | Jan. 22, 2013 at 1:02 p.m. (report)

One more thing. A good proof of most issues is one that comes from mathematics. In mathematics if you want to know if an expression is true or not you take it to its limits, i..e zero and infinity, because at moderate values many expressions are indistinguishable but at the limits they separate.

So let's take this issue to its limits.

If the gun owning Jews are wrong, then nothing bad happens they just waste their money on guns.

If Mr Glazer is wrong, then he and his family are dead.

QED

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solitarius | Jan. 21, 2013 at 7:43 p.m. (report)

Mr Glazer forgets that Germany in the 1930's was the most enlightened country on Earth with the arts, symphonies, science, etc, yet that is where Naziism was born. German Jews then, as Mr Glazer does today in the USA, could not imagine a Halocaust, they thought of themselves as good Germans living in a modern enlightened country.
But it was not just Germany. The most enlightened country in the world in the late 1800's was France, yet that was the site of the Dreifus Affair which scared Jews such that it spurred the formation of the modern state of Israel with the intent of developing a country where Jews are free from persecution.
But it goes back further as the persecution of Jews by Islam occurred 1000 years ago when the Ottoman Empire was the most enlightened state.
But it goes back further than that. It was Rome, most enlightened nation at the beginning of the calender in 70CE, that destroyed Judaism's holy Temple in Jerusalem and murdered hundreds of thousands.
But it goes back further than that. It was Greece, the most enlightened country at the time, which perpetrated the crimes against Jews and Judaism that produced Chanukah.
But it goes back further than that. It was Babalonia, the most enlightened country in about 500BCE, that destroyed the first holy Temple of Judaism in Jerusalem and destroyed a nation and tens of thousands of Jews.

The point is, the persecution of Jews always occurs in the most enlightened and liberal nation in the world at the time and the Jews are always taken by surprise.

The fact that Mr Glazer thinks that the idea that a Holacaust happening in the USA today is absurd, is the very proof that it is not.

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