Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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The name of the elephant in the room of US gun violence at schools starts with a ‘C’

There has been much criticism of the government for not issuing stricter gun control; in particular of President Trump scaling down gun control a year ago; he now blames “mental illness” for which he scaled down treatment programs too.

There has been much anger about the gun lobby and politicians who accept their money, not stopping the carnage and standing by idly.

Some say: The ability and right to carry weapons is enshrined in the USA Constitution (Second Amendment), but the Constitution is amended so many times.

There seems much confusion. How come an old rule that one has a right to carry weapons enables almost anyone to buy modern machine guns? What’s next – that everyone could buys tanks, helicopters and cruise missiles? These obviously are not defensive weapons.

What I feel lies at the root of this confusion is a lack of awareness why this issue does not move.

The answer starts with a C and it’s called: Corruption.

You would associate corruption with “primitive countries,” places where democracy is weak or absent. Forget it. It lies at the heart of the world’s largest democracy, the supposedly most modern society, the USA.

The gun lobby invests tens of millions of dollars each election year and buys itself political support year round. (These are of course negligible sums compared to a $ 54,000,000,000 yearly turnover.) And … it works.

That’s how they get away with murder. One could call it unashamed greed, but I think it makes it clearer when we call it: corruption.

And hypocrisy, of course.

Israel shows how a country can place weapons responsibly among it’s population, though I want to claim that thousands of years of adherence to “Do not murder” must help too. (There are Jewish murderers too, but they are the exceptions that confirm the rule.) (I’m referring to statistics, not to myths and blood libels by people who hate Jews and Zionism.)

I pray that US schools around the country will start taking turns bussing their students to Capitol Hill and to their governors for daily around the clock demonstrations and marches chanting “Shame on you” and “Safe from guns” until the President is forced to sign a change in the Constitution, no less.

Meanwhile there should also be a ban on machine guns and ‘bump stocks’ that make an AR-15 fire full-auto like a machine gun and collection of the more than 5 million assault weapons already in circulation.

Come on America, you can do it. Once, legal racism was as widespread in the US as now guns. That’s not discouraging – that’s simply the challenge. It takes longer if you don’t get started.

Make America Great Now.

PS: Stop blaming and tainting the good names of all “metal patients.” The main ones who have mental issues here are Members of Congress who sold away their soul to the gun lobby. Blaming and seeking improvements at the FBI and the police, that seemed to have goofed seriously, will not help and is not the crucial action the US needs and deserves.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He makes his readers laugh, and be mad, and think he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. * He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (, born in 1953 to two Dutch survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a strict vegan since 2008. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach, and, lehavdil bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff, and Rav Meir Lubin. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years, he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (statistics), Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight Truth), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, LGBTQIA, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Sometimes he's misunderstood because he has such a wide vision that never fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what many love about him. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quite a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second-generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. November 13, 2018, he published his 500th blog post with the ToI. If you're a native English speaker and wonder why you should read from people whose English is only their second language, consider the advantage of having a peek outside of your cultural bubble. * To find his earlier blog posts on a certain subject XXX, among his over 1200 ones, go to the right-top corner of the Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". His second daily active less tame blog, to which one may subscribe, one may find here: or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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