David Wynn is a Facebook friend and penned this. I am reproducing with his permission.
In light of yesterday’s HORRIFIC incident in Pittsburgh, I have a question for my Jewish family and friends…
Listen… like most normal American Jews, I have a justifiably negative opinion of the Hasids. Most of us have had a negative experience with our Hasidic cousins who think they’re better than we are, and that we’re not real Jews.
But that being said, even a broken clock is right twice a day.
One thing the Hasidic Jews actually have right is the Shomrim Patrols.
Much like the Israelis, the Hasidic Shomrim Patrols leave no Jewish facilities unguarded.
They even go far (in typical Hasidic fashion) as to bribe the NYPD for pistol permits to make that happen.
They are determined to have men with guns at every Jewish facility in Brooklyn, even if it means breaking the law to do so.
And when was the last time you heard about a Jewish facility in Brooklyn being attacked?
NO ONE who would want to mess with the Hasidic in Brooklyn would dare to actually do it.
Why? Because they know they’d get shot by them.
I was in a Facebook group yesterday, and an Israeli member of the group was absolutely shocked to learn for the first time, because of this incident, that American synagogues don’t have armed guards in them during Shul services on Shabbat. He was absolutely flabbergasted, and demanded to know why American Jews would be so stupid as to leave their holy facilities unprotected.
When my father was clergying in Connecticut, at least one or two members of the congregation were always armed during every single service. Usually, it was myself and at least one of the cops who was a congregation member. Same with every house of worship I attended while on active duty. As soon as they found out that I was a Marine Infantryman, I was asked to carry during services.
So the Israelis have learned this lesson, the Hasidic have learned this lesson, and the Christians have learned this lesson.
Why hasn’t American Jewry? How come MY people are too stuck in their political ideology to learn to take practical steps to reduce or stop horrific, evil, tragic incidences like this from happening?
American Jews feel plenty safe in Israel. There are Israeli soldiers walking around everywhere with machine guns, and every historical or cultural location you go to, and every house of worship you attend, has either a soldier, a cop, or a normal citizen who is packing an insane amount of firepower.
And NO normal American Jews feel uncomfortable about it when they visit.
I have literally NEVER spoken to an American Jew who felt uncomfortable about the level of firepower that they witnessed in people’s hands and strapped to people’s bodies everywhere they went in Israel.
So how come they flat out REFUSE to arm themselves OR allow others who are well-trained to carry their guns in Shul here in the States?
How come they don’t even authorize Shomrim Patrols?
How come, in the era when people can literally PRINT a functioning AR-15 or a machine gun off of a 3-D printer in the comfort of their own home, American Jewry is still stuck on this insane, archaic idea that they can successfully legislate guns out of the hands of neo-Nazis (who typically know how to make them in a machine shop anyways), and they don’t need to allow other trained, willing Jews to carry in our houses of worship or community centers.
I want an American Jew who believes in gun control to seriously answer this question for me. I’m open to hearing your logic.