Saturday, November 15, 2008

Israeli NRA Gains Momentum Under the Shai Dromi Law


Although this article was, I'm sure, terrifying for the weasels at Ha'aretz, it is wonderful news to many of us who believe "for every Jew a .22" is the soundest advice we can follow to prevent another Holocaust.

We cannot be afraid of guns, we cannot avoid guns. Every Jew should have a gun, know how to use it, and keep it ready. You would think that we had all learned our lesson about how not to be a victim.

Too many Jews are running around thinking that the "authorities" will help them if they need assistance, but too often the authorities can't make it in time.

We need to stop depending on others for our protection and start depending upon ourselves. We need to arrange for our own security, make sure that those who attend synagogue and Jewish schools know how to protect themselves from attacks, understand how to protect our communities, and we need to donate to our shomrim.

We need to understand that guns are an extremely valuable asset to us, and instead of being afraid of guns, we need to understand them, train with them, teach our children about them, and respect them. We need to know how to store them and use them safely, and we need to know that when we do use them, we can shoot straight, sure, and swiftly.

We need to understand that Hitler's first action was taking our guns. We need to make sure that we never give them up again.

My idea of gun control is using both hands

For more information about where you and your kids can go to learn more about guns and gun safety, check out the NRA or, my personal favorite, JFPFO (Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership)--an excellent organization which could benefit from an influx of new membership!

Last update - 21:44 14/11/2008
Founder of Israeli NRA seeks to import American gun culture
By Raphael Ahren, Haaretz Correspondent

While the gun lobby in the United States took a setback last week with the election of Barack Obama, who supports the ban of assault weapons, a group of Israeli-Americans are now trying to ease restrictions on gun ownership here in Israel. Modeled and named after the powerful but controversial Virginia-based National Rifle Association, it is unclear whether the Israeli NRA will be able to gather enough support to be in any way influential. Several experts have already voiced criticism of the group's agenda.

"You hear about mob shootings in Netanya, where innocent people get killed, you hear about people being attacked with knives, with guns, with bulldozers," said Joshua Moesch, who founded the group last week. "I think that having more responsible citizens out there with weapons is very important. The police can be the greatest in the world, but they can't be everywhere at the same time."

Under the banner of self defense, the Israeli NRA advocates "the right to carry a firearm for all law abiding, military-serving Israeli citizens," as well as the expansion of what is known as the Shai Dromi law, which allows anyone who kills or injures an intruder on his or her property to be absolved of criminal responsibility. Other group goals include gun safety, self-defense courses, promoting shooting as a sport and creating police athletic leagues.
Moesch's first step was to create a Facebook group and a Web site. The 29-year-old Beit Shemesh resident told Anglo File he wants to first see how much support he can expect from the Israeli public before taking further action. If his group sees "a reasonable showing," the next move would be to register as a nonprofit organization and lobby to members of Knesset, he said.

Moesch, who immigrated to Israel from Vermont about six years ago, rejects the anti-gun lobby argument that more weapons would lead to greater violence. He counters by saying that compulsory army service makes Israeli society well acquainted with firearms, giving most people "a certain respect for guns." He adds, "People know in most cases when to use and when not to use them. We don't see many cases of off-duty soldiers getting into a fight in a club or something, using their guns to sort it out."

Yet it remains doubtful whether pro-gun advocacy will become as important in Israel as it is in the U.S. "The general trend to transplant American ideas to other countries is often not successful or very useful," said Gerald Steinberg, chairman of political studies at Bar Ilan University and an expert on American culture. The arguments put forward by the Israeli NRA are not convincing, he told Anglo File.

"We don't need a situation where hundreds of people shoot in all kinds of different directions in the case of a terror attack. That's the job of the police or the army," Steinberg said. He said that if more people carried guns the chances of more people getting hurt would be greater than the chance of neutralizing an attacker more quickly. "The last thing we want in Israel is an American gun culture," he added. "Israel has enough dangers, and making it easier for people on the street to carry guns is not what we need."

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