David Kowalsky, owner of Florida Gun Store, teaches Mendy Duchman gun safety and proper ways to handle a firearm at Kowalsky’s gun range in Hollywood, Fla., on Friday. Duchman knows Kowalsky through their synagogue, Shul of the Lakes, and approached him about getting his firearm training done. Kowalsky said local synagogues had reached out to him to host gun training seminars and shooting sessions in the past week.
The deadly terrorist attack in Israel and the torrent of social media threats that followed have forced many American Jews to reconsider their long held stances against owning or using guns.
Firearm instructors and Jewish security groups across the country say they have been flooded with new clientele since Hamas assaulted Israel on Oct. 7. And gun shop owners in Florida say they have seen more Jews purchase firearms in recent weeks than ever before.
“We’ve definitely seen a tremendous increase in religious Jewish people, Orthodox people, purchasing firearms,” said David Kowalsky, who owns Florida Gun Store in the town of Hollywood, and also offers firearms training classes. “I’ve seen a surge in interest in individual training as well as group training.”
It’s about damn time.
If there is one silver lining from watching the Islamic world and Western Progressives publicly celebrate their fanatical Jew hatred, it’s that it opened the eyes of so many Jews.
The hatred has been there for a long time.
Many Jews refused to see it or didn’t believe it.
Now it’s impossible not to see how much they hate us and what the magnitude of the threat it.
I’m glad to see more and more Jews arming up.
Never again means it and the only way to ensure that is with the force of arms.