Israel has relaxed its gun laws and allowed more people easier and faster access to firearms and encouraged its citizenry to arm up in the wake of a spat of knife attacks from Palestinians.
From Bearing Arms:
If we step aside from our cynicism at a time like this, we can probably assume that everyone on the planet wants to see the end of mass shootings. The few that don’t are generally the sick bastards who are planning the next ones. While there are plenty of opportunists who are seizing the moment following such horrific events, I’d like to believe that even they would prefer to see the end of such attacks.
Many people have pointed to Israel as proof of how gun control should be. The Jewish state, that is otherwise an anathema to the left, has some pretty strict gun laws, making it a role model for us to consider, some argue.
Well, one Israeli writer, Tzvi Lev, thinks it’s proof of something, it’s just not what the anti-gun zealots would like.
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.
In other words, more guns meant fewer attacks.
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The First National Bank of Omaha has ended a business relationship with the NRA, after the bank found itself being attacked by leftists on social media. The onslaught was instigated by the far left group ThinkProgress.org.
The group describes itself as "a news site dedicated to providing our readers with rigorous reporting and analysis from a progressive perspective. Founded in 2005, ThinkProgress is an editorially independent project of the Center for American Progress Action Fund."
The Center for American Progress found itself surrounded by controversy when Wikileaks exposed the groups ties to the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, when emails were released showing the group attacking religious groups.
ThinkProgress.org released an article containing a list of businesses that worked with, or were publicly NRA friendly, one of which was the First National Bank of Omaha. With a leftist readership of 8 to 10 million unique page views per month, it's no surprise the financial institution found itself being threatened and pressured by "customers". The website even updated their original article to gloat about their accomplishment.
From ThinkProgress.org: First National Bank of Omaha
The Nebraska-based bank issues the “official credit card of the NRA.” One version of the Visa card offers five percent back on gas and sporting goods store purchases, while another offers a low intro APR. Both cards offer a $40 bonus, “enough to reimburse your one-year NRA membership!” The site also boasts that the card ensures “legislative action in support of your Second Amendment Rights,” “public education and awareness about the facts of gun ownership,” and “training and safety programs for individuals, families, and the military.”
On Wednesday, less than 24 hours after ThinkProgress first reported the bank’s connection to the NRA, the website advertising the card disappeared. A representative for the bank did not respond to requests for comment.
On Thursday, the bank tweeted that after massive customer feedback, it had decided not to renew its contract with the NRA to issue the card.
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The current headlining article on ThinkProgress.org reads "First National Bank dumps NRA, will no longer issue NRA Visa card
The bank says "customer feedback" caused the change."
Notice "customer feedback" in quotes. Their doing, not ours.
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NRA Spokeswoman Dana Loesch hit the mass media hard with criticism on Thursday during a speech at CPAC.
Axios reported: NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch accused the media Thursday of "loving" mass shootings because they boost TV ratings. "Now I'm not saying that you love the tragedy. But I am saying that you love the ratings," she said during a speech at CPAC. Last night, Loesch also faced students from the Parkland shooting at a CNN town hall.
"Crying white mothers are ratings gold to you and many in the legacy media ... notice I said 'crying white mothers' because there are thousands of grieving black mothers in Chicago every weekend, and you don't see town halls for them, do you? Where's the CNN town hall for Chicago? Where's the CNN town hall for sanctuary cities?"
— Dana Loesch at CPAC
NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre also spoke at CPAC:
He criticized Black Lives Matter and other liberal advocacy groups for fostering "uncivil discourse."
He called for more guns in schools — a solution that President Trump has also proposed — to increase school safety.
"Schools must be the most hardened targets in this country, and evil must be confronted immediately with all necessary force to protect our kids ... to stop a bad guy with a gun, it takes a good guy with a gun," LaPierre said.
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