I am a firm believer in the 2nd Amendment. I love my guns and all the responsibilities that come along with them. I am also an Orthodox Jew who does not believe in the slogan “Never Again,” without doing something about it. And lastly, I strongly support NRA spokesman Brian Judy’s comments regarding Jews who support gun control.
In a recent gathering, he said, “[T]hese people, it’s like any Jewish people I meet who are anti-gun, I think, ‘Are you serious? Do you not remember what happened?’ And why did that happen? Because they registered guns and then they took them. And now you’re supporting gun con – you come to this country and you support gun control? Why did you have to flee to this country in the first place? Hello! Is anybody home here? It’s just – I don’t know.”
In light of the rapid anti-Semitism sweeping across the globe today, are his comments that absurd?
The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle is calling on Judy to resign his post because of his “attempt to link policies to reduce gun violence to the Holocaust.” I find this absolutely insane considering Hitler’s first step in the slaughter of the Jews of Europe was to take away their guns. Just read Stephen P. Holbrook's eye-opening book, “Gun Control in the Third Reich,” which documents the gun control perpetrated by Hitler.
I am a Jew who lives in Los Angeles. I have applied for a concealed weapons permit and was turned down because my “good cause” of rabid anti-Semitism was apparently not good enough for Police Chief Charlie Beck. I can make the case that stricter gun control only hurts the law-abiding gun owner, which I do believe. But I can also make the case that as a Jew who lost 30+ relatives during the Holocaust, I believe that every Jew should own a gun. In 1943, the 300,000 Jews of Warsaw were being systematically sent to death camps by the Nazis. The remaining Jews formed a fighting force that outlasted both the Polish and French armies. That fighting force, led by Mordechai Anielewicz, was capable of fighting the Nazis because they obtained guns through smuggling and killing Germans soldiers and taking their weapons. What would have happened if the Jews of Warsaw still had their guns when the Nazis came in? The war might have been over much sooner if Hitler had been forced to concentrate a more significant amount of German resources to have fought the 300,000 armed Jews and not 50,000.
During the five years of repression that followed, society was “cleansed” by the National Socialist regime. Undesirables were placed in camps where labor made them “free,” and normal rights of citizenship were taken from Jews. The Gestapo banned independent gun clubs and arrested their leaders. Gestapo counsel Werner Best issued a directive to the police forbidding issuance of firearm permits to Jews.
In 1938, Hitler signed a new Gun Control Act. Now that many “enemies of the state” had been removed from society, some restrictions could be slightly liberalized, especially for Nazi Party members. But Jews were prohibited from working in the firearms industry, and .22 caliber hollow-point ammunition was banned.
The time had come to launch a decisive blow to the Jewish community, to render it defenseless so that its “ill-gotten” property could be redistributed as an entitlement to the German “Volk.” The German Jews were ordered to surrender all their weapons, and the police had the records on all who had registered them. Even those who gave up their weapons voluntarily were turned over to the Gestapo.
The Federation writes, “Eight years ago today, the Jewish Federation was the target of a violent attack by an individual harboring dangerous falsehoods about Jews – falsehoods that continue to exist on the fringes of our society. It is deeply offensive for anyone to suggest that Jewish supporters of gun violence prevention have 'forgotten' the history of our people.”
The truth hurts. And apparently the Federation has “forgotten” the history of their people. Guns in the right hands prevent crime and save lives. Guns prevent large government from coming in and annihilating groups of people whom they deem unworthy. Instead of feeling offended by someone who speaks the truth, the Federation should re-read Jewish history and take a stand against gun control.
I am an American Jew who supports my God-given right to defend my family, be it immediate, extended, or my fellow Jews with a gun. And to Mr. Judy I say this: If you ever need someone to fight by your side, you can always call me.