Mass Shootings: What America Can Learn From Israel

My wife Karen is extremely accurate with a Ruger Vaquero.

The after-shooting ritual is in full bloom. One side screams at the other—and no one hears anything.

Before getting to the article about Israel and the value of the armed citizen, I want to point out that asking the government to solve the problem of mass shootings is both impractical and dangerously utopian.

The problem is not weapons.

The problem is human evil.

And human evil cannot be legislated away.

The best that we can do is to defend against it.

Here are my suggestions:

School shootings are a virus. We know that shooters are excited by mass murder. They marinate in Columbine, Las Vegas,  and all the other mass killings. They view the killers as heroes to be emulated. It is vital that the media stop naming the killers. They should be ID’d as X. Take away the infamy and you remove a great deal of the motivation.

Institute extreme security measures in all schools, public and private. There must be armed guards at our schools. Even better, armed teachers who have been trained in the use of deadly force. This is not a matter for the Federal Government. This is the responsibility of the local community, as our Founders intended.

The evil little nothing who murdered 17 children in Parkland, Florida was known to the FBI. But they utterly failed to act. The FBI had his name and address, but apparently that was not enough information for them. Thus, the idea of making the federal government the custodian of our weapons, and responsible for our individual safety is both foolish and counterproductive.

Again, this is most effectively dealt with on the local level where the people in the community best know their situation.

And now to Israel, a society that works hard at protecting its citizens from the virus of evil.

by Tzvi Lev

Wednesday’s horrific shooting in Florida has reignited the gun rights debate in the United States over the Second Amendment to the US Constitution, adopted in 1791, which states:: “… the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

In the past, proponents of limiting civilian access to firearms have extolled Israel as having the proper approach to limiting mass shootings, pointing to the numerous legal hoops Israelis must jump through in order to be granted a gun license.

“In Israel, gun ownership is a privilege rather than a right,” wrote Public Radio International in November. “There is no such thing as a right to bear arms in Israel,” the Huffington Postpreached after the 2016 shooting in an Orlando nightclub that left 50 dead.

Newsweek praised Israel for obligating its citizens to “show genuine cause to carry a firearm, such as self-defense or hunting”. The message is clear: Israel has the right approach in curtailing access to firearms, and the United States would be well advised to tread the same path.

In reality, Israel’s gun policy is living proof of the arguments the American gun lobby has been making for years.

Gun rights advocates contend that the way to stop mass shootings is by ensuring that there are always well-armed citizens present who can neutralize the shooter. As NRA chairman Wayne Lapierre always says, “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun”. A bedrock of the NRA’s philosophy is that criminals will always acquire guns illegally, and draconian gun laws only render law-abiding citizens defenseless.

Enter Israel: When the knife intifada erupted in September 2015, the Israeli government’s response was to ease the process for the civilian populace to obtain weapons.

After a particularly bloody Jerusalem shooting attack that killed four, then-Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan drastically changed the gun laws in order to significantly raise the number of armed civilians on the streets. Instantly, graduates of Special Forces units and IDF officers with the rank of Lieutenant and above were permitted to purchase guns at their will, security guards were allowed to bring their guns home after work, and the minimum age for a license was reduced from 21 to 18.

Erdan explained that “civilians well trained in the use of weapons provide reinforcement in the struggle against terrorism”, while Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat called for every resident to carry a gun, and was even photographed traveling the city carrying a Glock 23.

In addition, the overwhelming majority of terror attacks in Israel are stopped by armed civilians, not law enforcement. For example, the terrorists in the 2016 Sarona market attack were stopped by armed passersby. A pistol-carrying tour guide put an end to the 2017 ramming attack in Arnona that left four soldiers dead.

In Israeli eyes, guns are a valuable deterrent against terrorism. In fact, terrorists have told the Shin Bet internal security service that they often target haredi Jews due to the high likelihood that they are unarmed.

Gun control supporters would answer that the mandatory military service that every Israeli undergoes justifies the trust Israel has of its citizens. However, this argument doesn’t hold water. The vast majority of IDF soldiers aren’t combat soldiers and are certified as 02 riflemen. To be 02 requires one to shoot between 40 and 70 bullets. The pistol course needed to obtain a license takes less than four hours. It is a far cry from the highly trained population that the Left imagines.

Gun control has been proven to be a dismal failure in Israel. The Israeli Arab communities are rife with illegal weapons, with some police estimates putting the number of unlicensed weapons in the Arab sector as high as 500,000. Think about that for a second: The most heavily guarded borders in the world and a highly professional Shin Bet are still not enough to prevent criminals from obtaining illegal firearms.

When terrorists attacked a school in Maalot in 1974, Israel did not declare every school a gun-free zone. It passed a law mandating armed security in schools, provided weapons training to teachers and today runs frequent active shooter drills. There have been only two school shootings since then, and both have ended with teachers killing the terrorists.

It is an approach that the Americans should take to end the constant slaughter of innocents.

via: Israel National News

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  1. sennacherib
    Posted February 25, 2018 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    That range dividing wall on the left is getting worn out.

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  2. kishke
    Posted February 22, 2018 at 11:46 am | Permalink

    Yes, as one of the poor fathers kept saying to the president, forget everything else, but secure the schools!

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  3. kishke
    Posted February 22, 2018 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    Valid points, and another important point is the difficulty of involuntary institutionalization of the dangerously mentally ill. But remember, if the killer’s name had been kept secret, we would never have known how awfully and pathetically the FBI and the local police failed at their jobs.

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    • Barry
      Posted February 22, 2018 at 11:53 am | Permalink

      The untalented, ungainly, immoral and mentally disturbed are reaching for a kind of stardom. This should be denied.

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      • kishke
        Posted February 22, 2018 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

        It should. One good way would be by forcibly institutionalizing the dangerously mentally disturbed.

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  4. alterbentzion
    Posted February 20, 2018 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    What concerns me about the current “discussion” is the cultural and political power being given to high schoolers. Of course they are grieving. Of course they need guarantees of security, both emotional and practical. And of course we need to listen to them with empathy. But as the parent of three adolescents, I can vouch for the fact that no adolescent is mature enough to dictate policy. For that matter, no undergrad is mature enough, either. There’s a reason why 21 used to be the age of majority, and that reason hasn’t gone away.

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted February 21, 2018 at 8:12 am | Permalink

      The left, like the Bolsheviks, like Mao, like all totalitarians, shamelessly pimp out children as political fodder. It is an evil tactic.

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  5. sheldan
    Posted February 20, 2018 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    Interesting that you mentioned not identifying the killers as such. An organization called NoNotoriety has called for exactly that. This article by Mona Charen will describe what they are doing:

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted February 21, 2018 at 8:13 am | Permalink

      Thanks for the information and the link.

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  6. Barry
    Posted February 20, 2018 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    I have shared this on Facebook, but it will not help or matter. We appear to have through petulance and weakness embraced our own destruction. Long ago I reached the point of self preservation and a pox on those who do not understand it is all anyone has. Doubt me? Just listen to the music.

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  7. roylofquist
    Posted February 20, 2018 at 4:45 am | Permalink

    “We have met the enemy and he is us” ~ Walt Kelly as voiced by Pogo.

    It wasn’t the video games. It wasn’t the gun. It wasn’t the FBI. It wasn’t fluoride in the water. It was us.

    “PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The last piece of legislation President John F. Kennedy signed turns 50 this month: the Community Mental Health Act, which helped transform the way people with mental illness are treated and cared for in the United States.

    Signed on Oct. 31, 1963, weeks before Kennedy was assassinated, the legislation aimed to build mental health centers accessible to all Americans so that those with mental illnesses could be treated while working and living at home, rather than being kept in neglectful and often abusive state institutions, sometimes for years on end.”…

    “Few anticipated how quickly President Kennedy’s aspiration of reducing the institutional population by half would be realized. By 1980, the inpatient population at public psychiatric hospitals had declined by 75%. In 2000, approximately 55,000 remained in these institutions, representing less than 10% of those institutionalized just fifty years prior. The shift was especially pronounced among children and youth: by 2009, the institutionalized population had declined by 98%.”…

    We did it to ourselves.

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