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A proper response to shootings

Israel eases gun controls following lone-wolf attacks:

Israel has changed its gun regulations to enable hundreds of thousands more civilians to apply for licences, a move authorities say will increase security but others argue will stoke violence.

The shift in policy, announced by the public security ministry late Monday, means that up to 600,000 Israelis could apply for gun licences, a dramatic increase on the current 140,000 civilians with permits.

A source in the public security ministry, however, estimated that only 35,000 people will be interested in applying for gun licences under the new regulations.

More like this please.

8 Responses to “A proper response to shootings”

  1. mikee Says:

    Jeff Cooper wrote a long time ago: “One bleeding-heart type asked me in a recent interview if I did not agree that ‘violence begets violence.’ I told him that it is my earnest endeavor to see that it does. I would like very much to ensure — and in some cases I have — that any man who offers violence to his fellow citizen begets a whole lot more in return than he can enjoy.”

  2. pkoning Says:

    One wonders why Israel doesn’t adopt Constitutional Carry. Would seem like a simpler and more effective answer.

  3. Lyle Says:

    “…to enable hundreds of thousands more civilians to apply for licences, (sic)…”

    Well there’s your problem right there. A free citizen is never presumed to have a need to “license” his rightful behavior, nor receive permission or approval from anyone.

    “…a move authorities say will increase security but others argue will stoke violence.”

    Of course it will stoke violence (against violent perpetrators). That’s the whole point.

    This is the problem with people exercising their God-given rights; it leads to the worst of the criminals living harder, shorter lives.

    Since criminals occupy virtually all government positions, and other positions of “authority” in the world, and they very much need us disarmed, they’ll do whatever it takes. Thus the obvious twisting of the language, the frequent double meanings (one for us and one for them), the secrecy, and the surreptitious suppression of communication, business and travel.

    Saying stupid things is just the tip of the iceberg for the career criminal.

    That the Israelis are getting more guns into more hands is a bit surprising, modern Israel being a Progressive society created by the League of Nations. Then again, so far it’s only words, and in any case if government is generally believed to have the ability to decide who may be armed and when, that constitutes, if nothing else, government’s stamp, or mark, of authority. It says “This person may defend his life, and that person may not.”

    Thus it is a mark of authority over life itself and death itself, and thus it is a total authority, and I believe we all have supported it at some stage.

    On the other hand, if they’d apologize for having had the extreme presumption of ever having had any such authority, and declared to right to self defense and the trade and possession of the tools necessary thereto as being outside their jurisdiction altogether and forever henceforth, THEN we’d be getting somewhere.

    But we all know it isn’t going to happen. They CANNOT let it happen, no matter how dire the need for armed citizens, because the very statement acknowledges the falsehood of their presumed authority. They’ll kill, and many have killed, just to prevent such things being uttered in public.

  4. Will Says:

    There are a large number of Arab citizens in Israel. When Israel was created, the neighboring Islamic countries all ejected their Jewish residents in response. Israel didn’t match their edict. In retrospect, I wonder if they regret this, as it would seem to leave them with an internal vulnerability. I suspect this is why they so tightly control gun and ammo availability to the general populace.

  5. Tirno Says:

    Hey, Israel, I got an idea: concealed carry reciprocity with US States.

    Just think it over.

  6. Paul Says:

    Israel will restrict them again once the terror goes away. Power corrupts and the corrupt must not have challengers.

  7. JTC Says:

    The “proper response” is of course Constitutional Carry…but Israel certainly has a more enlightened approach than most.

    So here’s another bit of enlightenment, right here where that Constitution thing lives, and this one is slam eat up with irony…

    The wackjob basement dwelling gamer who went off in Jacksonville yesterday could/should have been taken out before he killed two and injured many. But I wonder just how many of these experts on the carnage simulators have ever fired a real gun, let alone understand the disconnect between the “action” on those screens and the real world of justified violence? Almost certainly a high percentage would be lefties who abhor guns and personal responsibility and would be no more equipped to deal with meatspace life and death than they are in working and providing for themselves; their world revolves around play and pretend, couches and controllers…but this POS wasn’t playing anymore and those people are not pretend dead and injured.

    Wonder if it will change their thinking? Nah.

  8. pkoning Says:

    Re the wackjob on Jacksonville: he was operating in a disarmed victim zone, so no, he could not have been taken out by good guys, the good guys were forbidden to do so. Blame for that goes to the state legislature.