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October 15, 2015 9:01 am

More US Jews Said to Be Packing Weapons, Applying for Gun Permits After Antisemitic Attacks in New York

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A New York Post report claims more Jews in the U.S. are buying firearms to protect themselves against a potential attack. Photo: Augustas Didžgalvis.

A New York Post report claims more Jews in the U.S. are buying firearms to protect themselves against a potential attack. Photo: Augustas Didžgalvis.

More Jews in the U.S. have decided on keeping themselves armed in light of the recent terror attacks taking place across Israel, according to a New York Post opinion piece published Tuesday.

The piece, by contributor Bethany Mandel, says that Jews are quietly applying for gun and concealed-carry permits across New York and New Jersey. Mandel writes that she visited a New Jersey gun range on Sunday and noticed a Jewish man in a yarmulke [skullcap] teaching an advanced course on self-defense. She claims friends who frequently visit the gun range say they have been seeing more men wearing yarmulkes and fewer “rebels” at the facility.

The op-ed appeared after two Israeli rabbinical students were assaulted with Molotov cocktails in New York City on Friday. The incident was the second suspected hate attack against Jews in New York that weekend.

The issue of gun possession has recently been a popular topic among politicians in both the U.S. and Israel. Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson was criticized for saying in a recent interview that the Holocaust might have unfolded differently if Jews in Europe had been armed. He claimed that the number of Jews mass murdered by the Nazis “would have been greatly diminished” if the Jews of Germany had been in possession of weapons.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat told residents of the city last week to carry guns on a daily basis to protect themselves against attackers. He said, “Given the current escalation of violence…, those with a licensed firearm who know what to do with it must go out with their weapon. In a way, it’s like military reserve duty.”

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  • Thomas the Catholic

    Thank G-d! Remember it is all about breath control when you fire. Every Jewish American or otherwise need to be heavily armed and learn martial arts from a young age. Go Hebrews!

  • Why Anerican Jews tend to be liberal, antigun, vote Democratic and are for big government has always been a mystery to me. For centuries it has been “big government” that has been their persecutors; The Egyptians, Romans, Spanish monarchy of the 1400’s, the Czarest pogroms in Russia and the NAZIS. Even here they have been victims of shootings and other crimes. More than anyone else, American Jews should be conservative and pro Second Amendment. It is refreshing to we that many are waking up to realities. Remember that is Jews like Charlie Schumer, Diane Feinstein , Barbara Boxer, Michael Bloomberg and other liberal Jewish politicians who are instrumental in doing their best to keep their fellow Jews unarmed and helpless. Join JEWS FOR THE PRESERVATION OF FIREARMS OWNERSHIP (JPFO) or the NRA and fight for your rights and against bastards like Schumer!

  • Mordechai

    Nobody is applying for carry permits in nyc or nj. They are impossible to get. That needs to change and Jews should be pushing for that change in the laws. Background checks? Great. Training requirements? Fine. But if someone satisfies those requirements the state should not be able to arbitrarily deny a permit.

  • Gnomercy9

    Fortunate to live in a “Shall Issue” state, so I’ve had a permit for years – but never had to carry.

  • Emanuel

    If you can handle the small risk and large responsibility do it, and practice, practice, practice, it’s a great sport and stress reliever and it sends a message to the government that we will do their job of protecting us if they fail or can’t for whatever reason. I absolutely recommend taking a course for concealed carry if it is offered in your state and becoming comfortable with this new reality.

  • Jay Berman

    I hope has learned its lesson concerning its strict gun control policies that prevented Israelis from protecting themselves. Jews have plenty of prayers. Jews need more firepower.

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