In the article linked below my friend Michael Ledeen writes about the escalation in anti-Jewish violence in Europe. He ends the article by noting that American Jews need to start organizing themselves to meet the wave of anti-Semitism that is moving swiftly towards them. I agree with his assessment.
Michael notes with worry that the leftist ideological inclinations of most American Jews blind them to the dangers of anti-Semites on the left and among Muslims. Jews on the right minimize the threat of right-wing anti-Semitism. Both groups minimize threats from their sides of the fence at their peril.
He is right.
I want to add one more consideration: gun ownership.
A friend said to me nearly 20 years ago that in the aftermath of the Holocaust Jews have no excuse for not owning guns. I think that he was more right than wrong. (Obviously, sometimes they have good excuses.)
But it is important to always bear in mind that the Holocaust was perpetrated by every nation is supposedly advanced and civilized Europe. It was led by the Germans who were reputedly the most civilized, most intelligent nation on the continent.
Given the “enlightened” characters of the nations involved, it boggles the mind that American Jews in particular think it is reasonable for them not to have guns. The Holocaust proved that it can happen anywhere.
Every time I see American Jewish groups campaigning for gun confiscation (otherwise known as gun control), I scratch my head in disbelief. Who do they think their actions will disarm? Do they really believe that denying themselves the means to defend themselves will make them safer? How exactly will that goal be achieved?
According to FBI data, Jews subjected to more bigoted attacks than any religious group in America. Will this change if Jews are denied the right to carry handguns?
The anti-Semites don’t care what the laws say when they attack. They never have. They never will.