Our nation has been the victim of unspeakable horror as of late, and Americans have been reacting in extremely personal and unique ways.
After a series of hate crimes jolted Americans this month, a vast internal dialogue has been bubbling to the surface. Do we believe that the mainstream media has stoked these fears? Is it a politician’s fault somehow? What can we do, personally, to bring our nation back to its former safety?
The answers aren’t simple, and anyone attempting to tell you differently is likely attempting to sell you something. There only a very limited number of certainties available to us in these times of grief, and they must be reiterated in our most trying of days.
One such reality is that good guys with guns can stop bad guys with guns. That is why a number of our faithful are turning to the Second Amendment.
Jewish Americans are flocking to firearms training in the wake of the October 27 attack on Tree of Life Synagogue that killed 11 people.
For example, Haaretz reports that the Cherev Gidon Israeli Tactical Defense Academy near Scranton, Pennsylvania, is witnessing the highest demand for training it has ever seen.
Yonatan Stern, “a veteran officer of the Israel Defense Forces and director of the academy,” reminds his Scranton, Pennsylvania, classes: “The fact is, we’re at war. We want Jews everywhere to be armed.”
The sentiments of these concerned citizens was salient, to say the least.
Stern indicates that “hundreds” of people interested in firearms training contacted him during the three days after the Pittsburgh attack. He observed that “all but three or four” of them were Jewish.
And while there are some members of the Jewish community pushing back against the idea of using guns to keep synagogues safe, Stern notes, “To wait for law enforcement to arrive simply is not the answer.”
The Squirrel Hill shooting is believed to have been the most horrific act of antisemitic violence to have ever occurred on US soil.
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