Now, not a smith was to be found in all the land of Israel, for the Philistines said, “Lest the Hebrews make swords or spear.” And all Israel went down to the land of the Philistines to sharpen each man his plowshare and his colter and his axe and his mattock… And it was on the day of war, that neither sword nor spear was found in the possession of all the people who were with Saul and Jonathan, but Saul and Jonathan had them.
I Samuel: 19-22
“I don’t like guns.”
This declaration from a friend, a Jewish liberal reacting with dismay when told that yours truly owns several firearms, goes regularly to the shooting range, and strongly advocates for private ownership of weapons by honest, law-abiding citizens.
“I don’t like plastic bags.” I responded.
My liberal friend was like: “Huh?”
“The Khymer Rouge murdered over one million Cambodians by suffocating them with plastic garbage bags,” I said.
One of the enduring mysteries of Liberals, specifically, the post-modern Jewish Liberal, is the aggressive and self-righteous surrender of the right of self-defense.
For the first time in Jewish history Jews are rushing to disarm themselves in the belief that a Jew without a gun is better off than a Jew with a gun.
From hell, Hitler and Stalin are chuckling, for these two genocidiers, upon assuming power, banned private ownership of guns.
As slaves in Egypt, the Jewish people were forbidden weapons. Later, settled in the Land of Israel, but under the oppression of the Philistines, the Book of Samuel informs us that every blacksmith was forcibly relocated outside Jewish tribal areas and into Philistine towns and military garrisons. In this way, a Jewish rebellion was made all but impossible.
However, under the charismatic leadership of Saul and Jonathan, courageous soldiers, the Jews fought with bows and arrows and slingshots and were, to a some extent, successful in throwing off the yoke of Philistine oppression. In truth, the manufacture of iron and implements of war among the Jews of ancient Israel was not plentiful until the reign of King David.
You would think that modern Jews would have learned the lessons of Jewish history. You would think that Jews, of all people, would understand that the greatest number of murdered people have been the victims of their own governments. You would think that Jews would be immune to voluntarily forming a circular firing squad. But the modern liberal Jew is impervious to common sense and to the bitter lessons of Jewish history.
My Liberal Jewish friend again said, “I don’t like guns.” As if repeating this mantra somehow made it true.
I said: “The Jews who battled the Nazis in the Warsaw Ghetto did not share your sentiments.”
Two months later, as several police helicopters hovered over our street searching for an armed and dangerous criminal, my Liberal Jewish friend called and asked me to come over to her house with one of my guns and stay with her and her infant until the danger passed.
Of course, I obliged.