Israeli guns laws need to change significantly

In order for any private citizen to be able to buy a gun, you have to either live in what the government considers a dangerous area or have been a combat soldier.

I believe every single citizen should be able to purchase a gun regardless of where they reside.

Terrorism can strike anywhere in the country and it doesn’t matter whether you are in Hebron or Tel Aviv.

For the most part every time a terrorist attempted an attack he has always been stopped by an armed civilian.

Guns make communities safer as a deterrent since terrorists won’t attack a hard target the is normally armed.

If civilians would have been armed in Paris during the terror attacks there would not have been the amount of casualties that resulted from the attacks.

Reservists soldiers are the back bone of the Israeli army if every reservist soldier could buy his own rifle and pistol the preparedness of the army would be much higher because in order for anyone to be a good marksman it requires practice.

Proliferation of more rifles and pistols to the civilian population would law people year around to go to the shooting range.

Over time the average Israeli soldier’s marksmanship would improve so much that we would be winning medals on the international competition arena for shooting.

When it comes to American and Israeli gun laws obviously America wins because far more Americans are able to get guns than Israelis are able to acquire.

Israelis are far more comfortable seeing people walk around with pistols and rifles than Americans are, if I were to walk around in America like I walk around in Israel I would be stopped by a law enforcement officer.

Israel has its own version of Stand Your Ground Law called the Drori Law.

According to an article in 2007 in around 2.7 percent of private citizens actually had private guns which is a lot less than the US.

Israel did recently relax the process for anyone to get a hand gun as long as they were a combat soldier in the army.

However, the amount of people that were combat soldiers is a very little amount of people.

I was a combat soldier so for me I do not have any problem at all getting a gun, not only do I have a pistol and a rifle but the process to get them were really easy and smooth.

For many other people they are not as lucky as I am that they are even able to be approved for a fire arm.

All Jews need to know how to defend themselves and even if they did not serve in a combat unit everyone is more than capable of learning very basic techniques about how to respond to active shooters or knife attackers

One of the other issues with going to the range is that it is also very expensive to even go out and shoot because most people do not regularly go out to the range.

If more people would go out to the range the prices to use the range and bullets would decrease dramatically.

During the murder of Ari Fuld two other people were shooting at the terrorist, including Ari Fuld there was a total of three people shooting the terrorist and instead of killing him they managed to wound him.

This is a disgrace that we are a country where army service is mandatory and yet a lot of people walking around with pistols can not shoot straight.

For the sake of our own national security and the possibility of growing a gun industry for the domestic market in Israel.

Relaxing the restrictions further on who can get a gun would greatly benefit Israeli society as a whole.

There still has to be background checks and psychological checks before someone is approved to have a gun and once they finally buy a gun they should buy a safe to keep them locked up when they are not carrying them to avoid it falling into the wrong hands.

About the Author
Shlomo was born in Miami, Florida in 1989 and moved to Israel in 2012. He holds a degree from Florida Atlantic University in Political Science and served in the IDF as a combat soldier in the Netzach Yehuda Battalion. After serving in the military Shlomo studied in Yeshivat Shavie Hevron where he lived in Hebron. He now lives in Kiryat Arba, is a proud reservist in the Golani Brigade, and is a blogger for the Times of Israel.