European Jews Beg for Permission to Arm Themselves

Why should anyone need to beg for permission to protect their own lives?

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The Washington Free Beacon shows us what kind of tyranny Western Europe is under: “Europe’s Leading Rabbi: Jews Must Begin Carrying Guns.”

One of Europe’s most prominent Jewish organizations is petitioning the European Union to pass new legislation that would permit Jewish community members to carry guns “for the essential protection of their communities,” according to a letter obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

The European Jewish Association (EJA), which represents Jewish communities across Europe, says that gun license laws must be altered following a string of deadly attacks on Jews in France and other European countries, where anti-Semitism has been growing at an alarming rate.

The recent attacks, including one on a Kosher market that killed four, “have revealed the urgent need to stop talking and start acting” in a way that empowers Europe’s Jews, according to a letter sent Tuesday by EJA General Director Rabbi Menachem Margolin to EU leaders.

The EU, which has enacted very stringent gun control laws, should empower and train Jews to be proficient with guns in order to maintain their safety, according to Margolin.

You know you are not living in freedom when you have to desperately petition your government for the ability to defend yourself against vicious thugs.

“We hereby ask that gun licensing laws are reviewed with immediate effect to allow designated people in the Jewish communities and institutions to own weapons for the essential protection of their communities, as well as receiving the necessary training to protect their members from potential terror attacks.” –European Jewish Association General Director Rabbi Menachem Margolin

America’s Founders recognized that self-defense is a God-given right that government is supposed to protect. Thus, the Second Amendment of the Constitution:

A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

[See also, “Dear Senator: Second Amendment Is Real Homeland Security!]

The recognition that government is a protector of rights, rather than a grantor of privileges, is a key part of the authentic meaning of “American Exceptionalism” (few phrases have been more misused and misunderstood in recent times!).