Don’t let him get away with murder
I’m addressing the Minister of Security only for the form. I assume he’s made up his mind a lifetime ago. I really want the people around him to neutralize his Wild West Bank and Wild Middle East scenarios.
It’s only good to have more weaponry in the streets in the right hands.
I welcome that the State finally understands that Jews in my neighborhood must be able to carry arms. In that sense, it has become “easier” to get a weapon. Yet, scrutiny of whom to give them to should increase. Don’t give them to fanatics, finger pointers, people with an anger problem, etc.
Those Druze, Bedouin, and Jewish Israelis, and anyone else fit to serve in the IDF should be able to arm themselves.
The first people at risk are (ex-)partners of violent, domineering, jealous, charming, but cold con artists. These men must not get close to weapons. A restraining order may be more appropriate. Yet, all family gun violence perpetrators in Israel are professionally armed men, not any others. Still, no angry soul in Israel should be able to get a gun. Let’s keep it like that.
The next danger comes from people seeking revenge. Not only deems Judaism such anger tantamount to the idol worship of the Philistines if not the Atheism of Amalek, our arch enemy. It also violates our democratic rule of law. Only appointed judges judge. Our custom is not to execute murderers when they are not equal to Eichmann. Besides, their trigger-happy rage makes them likely to shoot harmless or even innocent people.
Last but not least is firearm abuse for suicide. As easy as it is in other countries to shoot oneself, as hard it is here. And that is right. Suicide is almost always done during panic, which would wear off in half a year. Better, when all hope is lost, not to run into the arms (pardon the pun) of arms dealers but rather of someone who says: I believe your desperation, but believe me, it does get better. No setback proves that now, all is lost.
Private weapons have stopped terrorists but also harmed guiltless bystanders. He gloated We need more weapons when it appeared that soldiers stopped terrorists. We didn’t hear him anymore when the main hero, who actually shot them, seems killed by IDF soldiers’ “friendly fire.’”
Especially suspicious is his call to remove guns from the hands of Muslim Israelis “because one day, they can be used against us,” while trying to arm Jews. Clearly, the violence in Arab quarters comes mostly from their mafia. He wouldn’t disarm Jews for the Jewish mafia being deadly. And how is the blood of Jewish victims of the Muslim mafia redder than Muslim blood?
His verbal attack on Israel’s most responsible Muslim leader is unhelpful.
His plans endanger us. Outvote or fire him as his fury threatens us all.
Full disclosure: I’m applying for a weapon permit. Almost no one of my shul has one. When others follow my example, I hope to not have to apply it.