A while back I posted on "Why do you own a gun?"
My friend JoeSettler commented that some people shouldn't own guns.
I own a gun, and have always had guns.
Mrs. DoubleTapper has a Glock 26.
Almost all of my friends and neighbors have guns.
The Government here in Israel requires that all guns be licensed, that every permit holder be 21 years old, and certified by a doctor that they are healthy, both physically and mentally. In addition no felons can be licensed to carry guns.
So now you have the government telling an elderly person with a debilitating illness that they have to sell their handgun and are no longer allowed to have a firearm for protection. And Servicemen and students from the ages of 18-21 can't own firearms either. They can do military service and be issued weapons by the IDF, but can't purchase a pistol.
In the USA no felon or mentally ill person can legally own a firearm. But there's no law on the elderly, or the physically weak/sick.
So who do you think shouldn't own a gun?
30 April 2008
A while back I posted on "Why do you own a gun?"
The Bielskis were Jewish brothers from West Belarus who escaped from the Nazis and fought back to rescue fellow Jews during the Holocaust.
There have been two movies (and several books) about the Bielski Otriad (Russian for Partisan Group) so far.
The Bielski Brothers (1993)
The Bielski Brothers: Jerusalem in the Woods (2006)
The latest, Defiance is due out this December.
Here is some bacground on the real story of Defiance:
(Taken from: http://www.jewishpartisans.org)
Tuvia Bielski was born in Stankiewicze, in western Belorussia in 1906. When Germany invaded Russia in June of 1941, Tuvia and his younger brother Zus vowed never to be caught by the Germans. Tuvia’s extensive knowledge of the area saved his life, allowing him to move around frequently to avoid being captured by the Germans, who had a warrant for his arrest.In early 1942, Tuvia began hearing rumors about partisans, and decided that if he and his fellow Jews were to survive, he must acquire arms and organize all-Jewish resistance groups. Along with two of his brothers, Zus, and Asael, Tuvia (see below) began organizing Jews.
By May of 1942, Tuvia was in command of a small group, which by the end of the war had grown to 1200 people, and was known as the Bielski otriad.
Tuvia had focused on saving as many Jews as possible, and would accept any Jew into his group. Many came through the family of Konstantin Kozlovski, a non-Jew, who provided shelter for Jews escaping from the Novogrudok Ghetto and worked with the partisans to free hundreds of Jews from the ghetto.
The Bielski otriad carried out food raids, killed German collaborators, and sometimes joined with a Russian partisan group in anti-Nazi missions, such as burning the ripe wheat crop so the German soldiers couldn’t collect and eat the wheat. Additionally, the Bielski otriad would seek out Jews in the ghetto willing to risk escape to the forest, and send in guides to help them.
By the summer of 1943, Tuvia was the leader of 700 people. In the Nalibocka forest, Tuvia set up a functioning community, with everyone working to support the community in a variety of ways. There was a hospital, classrooms for the children, a soap factory, a Turkish bath, tailors, butchers, and even a group of musicians who played at festivals. Beyond meeting the needs of its own members, the Bielski otriad was able to provide services to other partisan groups in exchange for food and arms. By the summer of 1944, the group had grown to 1200. The group consisted mainly of the elderly, women, and children. Tuvia’s group was the largest of the Jewish partisan groups, and a high percentage of those he led survived, due to Tuvia’s strong and effective leadership, and his determination to save as many Jews as possible.
After the war, Tuvia moved first to Israel and later to the United States, where he died at age 81.
And another account: After the Nazis invaded the Soviet Union in 1941, killing or imprisoning Jews by the thousands, the Bielski brothers fled their home near Stankiewicze - in what is now Belarus - and hid out in the forest, determined to fight back against the brutal onslaught.
The brothers' encampment grew to include hundreds of armed fighters, families, children and elderly. No Jew was turned away and their partisan movement ultimately rescued some 1,200 Jews.
"To save a Jew is much more important than to kill Germans!" Tuvia Bielski, would tell his followers.
Most other partisan groups focused solely on hunting Nazis, killing collaborators and seeking revenge, said Christian Gerlach, a history professor at the University of Pittsburgh who has studied the Holocaust extensively.
"In a way, that's what makes the Bielski unit different," Gerlach said.
Tuvia Bielski was in overall command of the encampment. Asael Bielski mostly guided the brothers' armed unit, Zus Bielski was head of reconnaissance while Aron largely played the role of messenger as he knew the forest best.
"There are thousands of people who are walking the Earth because of the decisions that him and his older brothers made," said Tuvia's son Michael Bielski.
The Bielski brothers managed to improvise a resistance network and some 360 Jews who found refuge with them took up arms against the Nazis. The brothers also managed to create a whole partisan community, complete with synagogues, bakeries and even an airstrip which the Soviets used to fly in supplies and fly out the wounded.
Asael was killed in 1944 fighting for the Red Army as it moved into Germany. The remaining brothers emigrated to the U.S. in the 1950s, settling down in the New York area and working in the taxi and trucking industries.
Aron Bielski, with his wife Henryka, is the sole surviving brother.
Zus Bielski's son Jay, served in the US Marines and volunteered in the IDF during the Yom Kippur War in 1973.
Zus's grandson, Matthew Bielski, who grew up in the US, came to Israel in 2005 to volunteer in the IDF as well.
This is the movie to see on Holocaust remembrance day!
Too bad we have to wait until December.
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Video starts inside the M113A
The APC storage area
24 man tent complete with central heating
Latrines/showers nicknamed the sty
Tracked vehicles and the WWII era army jeeps still in use today
Negev desert training grounds with M113A APC, gear and weapons including .50 and 7.62 machine guns.
hamming it up for the camera
maneuvers and a quick glimpse of the Ford F350 Dually pickup
29 April 2008
22 April 2008
The Chief Rabbis made a public announcement, and the guns came out!
During the Passover prayer services, they brought their guns. With terror warnings galore, there were guns of all types. Our local militia carried their M16's, my neighbors carried their handguns, and their sons, our servicemen, carried their M4 and Tavor rifles.
The terrorists stayed home, but the synagogue was packed with worshipers.
Someone should design synagogue seats with gun racks!
21 April 2008
20 April 2008
On Sunday, Aaron Klein and John Batchelor interviewed Ahmed Yousef, chief political adviser to the Prime Minister of Hamas, on WABC radio.
Ahmed Yousef said, "We like Mr. Obama and we hope he will win the election."
17 April 2008
Arab Photographer Fadel Shana in Gaza.
How he did it:
First he got out of his SUV in the middle of a group of gun toting terrorists.
Next he pointed his shoulder held video camera at an IDF tank while standing in the middle of a group of gun toting terrorists...
Watch how it happened!
He had about two seconds. Any ideas what he was thinking?
Prior to the upcoming week long Passover festival, Chief Rabbis of Israel, Rabbi Yonah Metzger and Rabbi Shlomo Amar, reminded the public that there is no prohibition against carrying a weapon during prayers. And it "makes it possible for every home in Israel to celebrate the holidays" in security.
(Me Praying at the Western Wall)
So get out your guns, and bring them to Synagogue, it's holiday time in Israel.
16 April 2008
Former US President Jimmy Carter says he feels “quite at ease” meeting with chief Hamas terrorist Khaled Mashaal in Damascus and is looking forward to his talks with the politburo head, scheduled this Thursday. “I’ve been meeting with Hamas leaders for years,” said Carter, who arrived in Israel Sunday on his unauthorized diplomatic “study mission.”
Carter has made headlines across the US with his insistence on holding talks with Hamas against the specific and repeated requests of the American government that he not do so.
15 April 2008
13 April 2008
The 10-22 is a popular, inexpensive, and versatile weapon.
For just under $200 RBPrecision has the Evolution 10-22 stock that allows even more accessory options then I've ever seen before.
The basic stock:
Here are some assembled finished rifles:
07 April 2008
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03 April 2008
Rabbi Yitzchak Dadon and David Shapira who shot the terrorist that killed eight people in a shooting at Jerusalem's Mercaz Harav Yeshiva, were awarded citations of gratitude by Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupolianski, and Jerusalem District Police Commander Aharon Franco.
Rabbi Dadon at the Likud Awards Ceremony
Rabbi Yitzchak Dadon at was also honored at a Likud Party Award Ceremony last Tuesday.
Member of Parliament Moshe Kachalon and former MP Gilah Gamliel also attended the Ceremony.
The certificate of honor was presented to Rabbi Dadon by Mr. Eli Sheetrit, of the Likud Tegar fellowship, comprised of the fighters of the Etzel and Lechi undergrounds. Tens of Tegar members attended the salute, emphasizing the fact that Rabbi Dadon has continued the battle for the Jewish State where they left off.
During a recent interview Rabbi Dadon reconstructed his own experience the night of the attack. "I was studying alone at the front of the study room when I heard the first round of fire. I realized it was a terror attack. The room's inhabitants quickly evacuated through the front door. I pulled my gun, climbed up to the row of windows facing the street and then jumped on to the roof of the dining room. I then jumped on to a separate roof overlooking the library and the library entrance. I lay on the roof with my gun ready for about five minutes. All that time I heard gunfire from inside. Because of the fire power, I was sure that there were a number of terrorists. Had I known it was only one, I probably would have gone inside. I waited for the terrorist to come out. Then, the door to the library opened and the gunman fired in the air. Bullets flew past my ear. I carefully peeked down and the terrorist was gone.
"After a few seconds, I saw Shapira beneath with a rifle. An M-16. I shouted: 'Don't shoot me.' Shapira asked: 'Where did the terrorist go?' I said: 'Either the library or study room. Shapira peeked into the library and went back to the study room. At that point I saw the terrorist walking inside the library near the glass doors. He pressed his head against the window, with his Kalashnikov against his chest. Then, I shot two bullets. He swaggered and fell. His weapon fell to his side. Shapira fired at the same time as me, and then I emptied my clip on him. I saw him through the glass, falling."
Rabbi Dadon and David Shapira deserve much more then awards!
Armed civilians kill terrorist in Jerusalem
02 April 2008
Yuri commented on this here.
In Israel it's not an accepted practice to carry cocked and locked.
So how are civilians like Rabbi Bar-On able to Draw, Cock and Shoot effectively and quickly, while being attacked?
The accepted method of training in Israel is demonstrated in this video.
The first thing that is taught is firearm safety. Notice that the firing line is not crossed, and that the instructor maintains control of the trainee at all times.
Next, how to carry, draw, cock, and shoot, and change magazines from a static position. Most shooters are taught the Isosceles shooting stance, although the front Weaver stance is also used.
Then how to effectively engage a single target, and after the target has fallen, to "verify" that the target has been neutralized.
Next, how to do all of the above dynamically, including stepping to the side and dropping to one knee to change magazines. And moving with one hand on the pistol and the other held up to part the crowd.
An finally how to engage multiple targets.
This is only the basics, and is taught to civilians at shooting ranges.
More advanced techniques like room clearing and other anti terror methods are also taught at shooting ranges.
Excerpt from a puppet show, which aired on Al-Aqsa TV on March 30, 2008.
Bush: Who are you? What brings you to my home? How did they let you in, boy? My guards! My soldiers! Get this boy out of here.
Child: Nobody will take me out of here.
Bush: Who are you to come here and threaten me?! You are on my own turf, you little child, you! Get out. My dear, bring your father, your grandfather, or your mother, so I can talk to them. Get somebody older and smarter than you. What, you came here on your own?
Child: You killed daddy in the Iraq war. It's true, you killed him in the Iraq war. As for my mom – you and the criminal Zionists killed her in Lebanon. You and the criminal Zionists also killed my younger and older brothers in the Gaza holocaust. I'm an orphan, you criminal!
Bush: What are you talking about? Where did you come from? Don't I have enough troubles already? Where did you come from?
Child: I have come to take revenge with this sword – revenge for my mother and my sisters. You are a criminal, Bush! You are despicable. You made me an orphan! You took everything from me, Bush! I must take revenge on you, with this sword of Islam, the Prophet's Al-Battar sword.
Bush: No... No, my dear. I give you my word that this is it. I repent, just don't kill me. Where are my guards? Where are my people? Help! Help! He wants to kill me. Help!
Child: There are no guards, and your people have surrendered, Bush. I have not come alone, Bush. I have brought thousands of thousands of children from Palestine, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Afghanistan. You have denied all these children their fathers and mothers. That's why I have come to take revenge on you and on all the criminal traitors who collaborated with you.
Bush: Okay, fine, that's enough. I will give you whatever you want from me.
Child: What can you give me? All I want is one thing. Bring back my father and mother. I don't want anything from you. I don't want anything from you, just bring back my father and mother. I place my trust in Allah. I need to kill you.
Bush: No, my dear. Enough. I will give you anything you want. I also... Enough with that. Come with all your friends to the White House. I will give you food and toys. We will sit in the White House and talk. You will get whatever you need.
Child: You are impure, Bush, so you are not allowed inside the White House.
Bush: What are you saying?! Why am I not allowed into the White House?
Child: Because it has been turned into a great mosque for the nation of Islam. I will kill you just like Mu'az killed Abu Lahab. I will kill you, Bush, because that is your fate.
Child stabs Bush repeatedly
Child: Ahhh, I killed him.
More details on yesterday's terror attack and the Rabbi's fast thinking and quick shooting.
Rabbi Erez Bar-On is the principal of the Hitzim High School in Itamar, near Shechem. and a graduate of the Hesder yeshiva in the town of Har Bracha, on Mt. Gerizim in Samaria.
On Monday afternoon, an Arab man approached the Shiloh Junction bus stop and began talking to two people, Rabbi Erez Bar-On and teenager, Hillel Maeir. Maeir described the events which followed: After a short conversation in broken English and Hebrew, which aroused the suspicion of the two, the 16-year-old young man decided to move away, behind a concrete barrier at the bus stop while the Rabbi Erez Bar-On placed his hand on his personal weapon.
At that point, the attacker suddenly pulled out a six-inch knife and tried to stab the Rabbi Bar-On. Because of his fear of getting entangled with the law for using his weapon, the would-be victim waited until the last second to draw his personal weapon. Hillel Maeir described that as the terrorist's knife was coming down toward the Rabbi Erez Bar-On, he managed to draw, cock and shoot his pistol at the terrorist all in the same motion.
The bullet knocked the Arab off his feet and wounded him. When the terrorist then reached inside his shirt, the Rabbi Erez Bar-On interpreted the motion as a possible attempt to detonate an explosive vest, and he shot again, this time killing his attacker. It later turned out that the Arab was reaching for a second concealed knife.Related posts:
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