Skip to comments.Why Israel has no Sandy Hooks
Posted on 12/17/2012 4:39:42 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
A thoughtful piece at Tablet by Liel Leibovitz on why a country brimming with guns, thats been under siege for more than 60 years, almost never sees the sort of mass shootings that the U.S. does. Spoiler alert: Its not because the gun laws are unusually strict, or strictly enforced.
If the United States, itself awash with weapons, wishes to benefit from Israels experience, it must make sure it learns the right lessons. The first and most universal one is that ever more stringent gun control is bad policy: As is the case with drugs, as was the case with liquor during Prohibition, the strict banning of anything does little but push the market underground into the hands of criminals and thugs. Rather than spend fortunes and ruin lives in a futile attempt to eradicate every last trigger in America, we would do well to follow Israels example and educate gun owners about their rights and responsibilities, so as to foster a culture of sensible and mindful gun ownership
In Israel, still a somewhat socialist country, mental health services are ready available, for free, to anyone...
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Like! And she also knows to keep the finger away from the trigger.
People need to read the comments from actual Israelis after the article. Israel is NOT the panacea we are looking for here. Their idea of having armed guards at the schools is really the only thing that is even close to relevent to our situation.
Leaving all the politics aside for a minute, a country of 300 million people is bound to have more mass killings than a country of 7 million.
Hey there, Fred!
How’s that Q.E. IV workin’ out for ya?
More weapons may keep body counts down, but many mass killers expect to die -- even want to die -- and won't be deterred by that possibility (or certainty). It's all to the good if fewer people die, but it won't prevent rampage killings.
Is that an M-1 or M-2 carbine?
I doubt that there is any way to stop these events from happening. So, wouldn’t the next best thing be to keep the body count as low as possible?
M1. They are issued to civilians and deep reserve for just this kind of thing.
Certainly. I’m just pointing out that there’s no cure-all or panacea.
I don’t disagree with you. Israel is full of liberals who have been mugged, but the liberal tendency is still there.
I will say that it is easy to get a firearm for a Jewish person using proper channels in Israel.
Proper channels meaning we are fully aware 20% of our population is subject to sudden jihad syndrome at any given time.
You are correct. Israel's gun control laws pertaining to civilians aren't much different than New York City's. Applicants must pass a comprehensive background check, undergo rigorous training and demonstrate a need to own one before they're given permission to possess a single firearm, typically a handgun (settlers who abide by all of the above are allowed a single semi-auto rifle and 50 rounds of ammunition). Israel appears armed to the teeth because they have compulsory military service and soldiers are required to carry their weapons with them almost everywhere they go. But once they leave the military, they,ve got to turn 'em in.
People who think Israel is some kind of RKBA paradise would find themselves mistaken if they actually researched the laws. In Israel, gun ownership is a privilege, not a right.
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Who will speak up for real Americans?
Hows that Q.E. IV workin out for ya?
Are we serfs yet?
Let the teachers at each school decide if they want to arm. Couple this with school vouchers, so parents can decide whether they want their kids to go to an armed school or gun free school. I know which I would want for my son.
Great platform for 2014!
If teachers do not want to arm, parents should be able to volunteer for one day a month, etc.
We’re no longer free to choose our healthcare ....
.... so yes, we are.
Nice straw man you've got there. Who on this forum has called for a cure-all, or a panacea?
Not true. Mass shootings have happened there as they happen here. You can argue that something they do makes incidents less frequent or the body count lower, but you can't honestly say "Israel has no Sandy Hooks [i.e. no mass shooting sprees]."
Maybe you think people are too smart to think that something will prevent killings of that sort and that that goes without saying, but not everybody is and it doesn't. If there's a "straw man" in there, blame the person who wrote the headline or the article.
I particularly like the photograph in the article, and others that have been posted. I wonder what would have happened if that psycho loser kid tried his reign of terror in these groups?
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