American Jewish Community Taking Up Guns for Self-defense

Longstanding attitudes against guns may be changing. But then a hard dose of reality will do that. Why Philly Jews are arming themselves: ‘I’m going to go down fighting’.

The article starts by introducing a guy who is buying a pistol and beginning the process to get a concealed carry license.

“I legally have the right to at least be able to match evil with some sort of response, and in my mind I would be dumb not to,” said Parvey, who on Wednesday went to the Philadelphia Police Department’s Gun Permit Unit to apply for a concealed-carry license. “I don’t want to hide behind the bimah waiting for my turn to get shot.”

Parvey is not the only one to reach this conclusion.

This is actually a fairly balanced story on the people who are on both sides of the issue. (There is also the problem Orthodox Jews face with not doing work on the Sabbath.)

A related story, which is how I actually found the story linked above, is A Jew with guns and no apologies | Stu Bykofsky.

After noting that while hate crimes against Jews are on the rise, the absolute numbers are still relatively small in a country of 325 million people, Mr. Bykofsky shares some of his personal history.

I bought my first pistol about 25 years ago and got a carry permit because my life had been threatened in connection with my job, not my religion. Since neither my employer nor the police can give me 24/7 protection, I have to look out for No. 1.

Both articles are worth a look.