In the wake of the attacks on Orthodox Jews in New York City and the Shooting in Jersey City, Jews are coming to their senses that they need to learn to defend themselves.
Unfortunately, the Jews of New York and New Jersey live in states where owing the tools of self-defense is not a right.
This is what they are reduced to doing?
From the New York Post:
While I understand the motivation, that’s just fucking stupid.
These Jews have an axe to grind after the Jersey City shooting — and they’ll learn how to do it at a synagogue self-defense class.
“Rabbi sensei” Gary Moskowitz, a former NYPD officer and martial arts expert, is hosting an axe-throwing “counter-terrorism” class in Williamsburg Monday, and says Hasidic Jews have been clamoring to sign up in the wake of the kosher market massacre that left four people — including a cop — dead.
I did a search for Rabbi Moskowitz. He seems to be ahead of the curve on Jewish self defense.
He was featured in a ten-year-old article in the Forward:
An article from 2013 in the Times of Israel:
And from WLYN CBS New York in 2018:
He’s totally right and has been for years. The problem is that he’s allowed, with lots of limits, to have a carry permit in New York because he is/was NYPD.
For the average Jew in New York or New Jersey, they are forbidden to carry by city and state law, and the way it is executed.
“The situation in Jersey City changed everything. In a few lessons and with practice, this is the quickest way for Jewish people to have a chance to mitigate terror and murder. At least they’ll have a fighting chance,” Moskowitz, also the president of American Jewish Security Council, told The Post.
“Civilians need training. No one can help you but yourself — you need zero response time.”
This. 100% this. This is absolutely true. Not just for the Jews, but for everyone.
The seventh degree black belt says the Orthodox community feels under siege amid a spike in anti-Semitic hate crimes this year, and claims their best defense is to literally bury the hatchet.
No, it’s not.
In his two-hour class at Beth Jacob Ohev Sholom, the 62-year-old will also demo how to stop an attacker by hurling spears, mallets, bricks and weights — but not with a gun.
“I’m teaching people to throw axes — it’s a fatal strike with immediate stopping power. If you shoot someone, it could take a while. When you get struck with an axe, it’s game over,” he said, adding that it’s easier to train someone to throw a 2- to 5-pound axe than to use a gun.
No, it’s not. Not by a long shot.
Also, getting hit by a axe, unless it hits edge first and penetrates, or hits the bad guy in the skull, isn’t a “game over” instant kill. It’s not like it is in the movies.
You know what is more effective than a 2 lbs axe? A 230 grain JHP. Or 158 grains of 357 magnum if I’m feeling in a wheelgun mood.
“No one’s going to get a gun permit in NYC, so why teach it to someone in NYC when they can’t carry it in NYC?”
“We’re not looking to kill people, we’re looking to stop them,” he added.
And the truth comes out. Finally some fucking honesty. It’s not that a gun is less effective than an axe. It’s those fucking politicians in the Acela Corridor won’t let people have guns.
That’s the problem he is trying to get around.
Elliott Gordon, an Orthodox talent agent from Flatbush, is one of at least 10 people who’ve signed up for counter-terrorism course.
“The idea is we really have to be prepared with weapons at hand that anyone can get. If we can grab an axe, a brick, anything we’re allowed to have and know how to use it, to hit the guy on the head with a brick, problem over. A pistol isn’t the only weapon,” Gordon said.
“Anything we’re allowed to have.” That says it all right there.
But one Jewish security expert said the tactics didn’t cut it — arguing axes and spears are impractical and could potentially land you in legal trouble.
“Self defense training is critical in that it empowers individuals with skills necessary to react quickly to defend against dangerous situations. It’s important to train with what you will have on hand in the event of an attack, such as your arms, legs, hands, feet, elbows or even a fire extinguisher,” said Deena Seelenfreund, NJ Regional Manager of Community Security Service, a volunteer group that protects Jewish sites.
“If you are training with objects that can be considered illegal with the intent to harm and are not readily accessible, such as spears, axes, mallets etc., then you will be at a loss to defend …. The idea of someone carrying a mallet, spear or axe, is impractical.”
He is right. It is illegal to carry most objects if their intention is to use them as a weapon. Nobody is going to carry an axe around the streets of New York City with the excuse that they are about to go camping in a vacant lot and roast marshmallows over a burning tire.
This is why gun rights are so important.
As a Jew living in the unsophisticated Red state of Alabama, I can walk around all day and go to synagogue with a gun strapped to my hip. I don’t have to pretend to do the Kung-Fu hustle with some yard maintenance equipment from the Home Depot. If I am attacked, I can simply shoot the bad guy.
The lack of gun rights has NEVER helped the Jews. Not once, ever. Never.
The bad guys who want to hurt the Jews will ALWAYS find a way to get the guns they want to use to kill the Jews.
Case in point:
Ahmed A-Hady, 35, was arrested after authorities seized three assault rifles following a search of his residence and a Keyport pawn shop connected to his family, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
A-Hady, a convicted felon, was arrested after federal authorities said they found more than a dozen weapons in a gun safe inside Buy and Sell City, as well as in family apartments on the second floor. His younger brother said their father owns the Keyport pawn shop, but the family lives in several apartments above the store. Ahmed A-Hady owns a pawn shop in South Amboy, his brother said.
During searches of the pawn shop and A-Hady’s residence, detectives found a PK 380, a Ruger 9mm, a Smith and Wesson .44 caliber handgun and three AR-15-style assault rifles, authorities said. They also found more than 400 rounds of ammunition, including a large number of hollow-point bullets, authorities said.
Those gun laws worked really well to keep assault rifles out of the hands of two potential mass shooters and a felon.
No, in fact, the laws didn’t work to keep guns out of the hands of bad guys, all they did was disarm the Jews.
I’m glad that I am a Jew outside of the Blue bubble. I like to know that if the shit hits the fan I can grab something more effective than an axe to defend myself with.