Jews should never be without weapons — nor should anyone else

Some lessons seem almost impossible to learn in the abstract.  Even if we know the hard truth, until it has an impact upon our own lives, we go merrily along, assuming that the worst will never happen and that, if it does, we’ll muddle through somehow.

I’ve known a couple of people who awoke to find their homes on fire.  Both had exactly the same response:  “This can’t be happening to me.”  They were wrong.  It was happening to them and both ended up losing everything to the fire.  The fire also exerted profound behavioral control over them.  Neither would ever again sleep in the buff.  Both had fire extinguishers in every room.  And both vowed never again to get too attached to possessions, since they were, ultimately, so ephemeral.

Experience is a good teacher.

Jews, collectively, have experienced thousands of years of persecution, culminating in the Holocaust.  Israel, collectively, learned from the Holocaust that Jews must always be capable of self-defense.

Rounding Up Jews

Sadly, though, Jews as individuals, rather than as a collective, especially American Jews, have learned few lessons from the past.  Like the German Jews before them, they think “It can’t happen here.”  And like the true Leftists they are, they think the only safe repository for weapons is the state — forgetting entirely that it was the German state that used those same weapons for genocide on a hitherto unknown scale.

LA Riots

All of which leads me to Robert Avrech’s autobiographical essay about life in Los Angeles during the 1992 riots.  As Robert mentions in his essay, he had been in Israel during the Yom Kippur War, so he knew that it could happen (including know that children are always a terrorist’s first soft target).  But until the 1992 riots, he had never fully appreciated that it could happen here.

Moreover, when it happened, it didn’t just have to be them against the Jewswhich seems to be the only historic lesson Jews will ever contemplate. It could be them against whoever and whatever you are.  In 1992, it was them against whites and Koreans and, as is always the case when riots take hold, the rioters also manage to destroy the weakest and most vulnerable in their own communities.

The riots also brought another lesson home to Robert:  when all Hell breaks loose, the statistical likelihood is that the police will not be there to protect you.  What few people remember until it’s too late is that the police are a peace-time entity.  They are not equipped to deal with vast uprisings.  That’s an army’s responsibility.  But in America, the military isn’t going to be there instantly either.  It takes time for the President to mobilize the National Guard, assuming he even decides that a particular riot merits that response.  So, with police disabled and the military absent, you are on your own.

Katrina looters will be shot

I figured this one out, not after the L.A. riots, but after Hurricane Katrina.  Despite the savagery of the media’s knee-jerk attack against George Bush, the fact is that it was completely obvious from Day 1 that no government entity could aid all people at all the times.  The only ones who were assured of a modicum of safety against looters were those sitting on their porches with a rifle or semi-automatic in their lap.

Robert’s essay is delightful (he’s a professional screenwriter, so he really knows how to tell a tale), but it’s also a reminder:  It can happen here, whatever it happens to be.  It could be a pogrom, a Holocaust, a race riot, Zombies, etc.  You could be under attack because you’re white, black, Jewish, Asian, Hispanic, short, tall, rich, or poor.  It could happen spontaneously or because of a natural disaster.  The one thing we know with absolutely certainty is that, if it does happen, if you’re unarmed, you’re helpless.  Dumb luck might see you out of the line of fire or within the ambit of police protection but, without that luck . . . .

The littlest bodies in the Rwanda genocide

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  • Ymarsakar

    Here in this neck of Georgia, at least, there’s this phrase going around that I’ve heard or maybe said. Something to the effect of “you’re welcome to break into my home, but I’m afraid the only way you’ll be welcome to leave is in a body bag”. The South is often considered a welcoming sort of society. Also one that kills people that need killing, so to spesak.
    So long as I have arms and a leg, Book, I am armed. And so is everyone else. In fact, so long as you can move and do things, and have a functional brain, you’re armed.
    But like most of human civilization, skill with arms is an aristocratic thing of small percentages. To arm an entire population effectively, often commands for economies of mass scale and logistical resupply of the simplest variety. Guns have taken the natural evolution from English longbows and crossbows, where such weapons were banned primarily because the thought that a low born peasant could kill a knight with 20 years of professional war training under his belt with one shot is…. too much for some societies to handle.

  • Oldflyer

    Excellent Book.   I read the account of the township in New Jersey that is putting a cop in each school.  The official who justified the action stated in part, “In the face of this new evil …”.   I strongly object to that characterization.  Evil is ancient, and ongoing.   I cited as an example, atrocities such as those you pictured, that are ongoing in parts of the world to this day.  It is wrong, perhaps dangerously so, to pretend that episodes like Sandy Hook are simply anomalies that can be prevented with more stringent regulations.
    Hopefully, when the dust settles  people will realize that they need to take responsibility for their own security.
    I have to say that I do not think there was much the Jews in Nazi occupied Europe could do, other than get out in time.  The forces arrayed against them were just too overwhelming.  I just read a piece on Waco.  It is illustrative of how hopeless the idea that an armed citizenry would be against a government force; even a well organized, and well armed group.  The only answer to preventing government sanctioned atrocities is to never lose control of your government.  Oh, too late?

  • Ymarsakar

    The compound at WACO was never interested in “fighting” the government to begin with. That was a propaganda hit piece the Left put out afterwards to justify their rather inventive FBI actions. Curiously, the same head of the FBI kill team there was also the same guy at Ruby Ridge. Curiously, Deep Throat is another example of certain proclivities of the FBI when it comes to politically motivated operations. Deep Throat is known most commonly as the source for the hit against Nixon, but what most people don’t know is that he is the sole reason Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohr is not in jail rotting at the moment. That FBI agent sent a thug team to illegally search the premises and property of said terrorists, which came out in court and made them immune to the prosecution. Double jeopardy so to speak. I’m not sure if he did it due to incompetence after failing to spy on Nixon and other government critters, or if he did it on purpose, with a little help from the terrorists themselves, in order precisely to get such a result as they got.
    Most of what people deem new stuff, isn’t really new. By the way, the Jews and Krav Maga started something interesting in the Warsaw ghettoes. That would be a good thing to study, if certain records were still left, although much has been sensationalized by the Krav Maga “myth” so to speak.

  • Owen Glendower

    I submit these paragraphs as the ultimate statement on the subject. From Irwin Shaw’s “Act of Faith.” Obviously, the setting is WWII:

    Many gray faced men had stopped him humbly, looking searchingly at him, and had asked, peering at his long, lined, grimy face, under the anonymous helmet, “Are you a Jew?” Sometimes they asked it in English, sometimes French or Yiddish. He didn’t know French or Yiddish, but he learned to recognize the phrase. He had never understood exactly why they had asked the question, since they never demanded anything from him, rarely even could speak to him, until one day in Strassbourg, a little bent old man and a small, shapeless woman had stopped him, and asked, in English, if he was Jewish.

    “Yes,” he said, smiling at them.

    The two old people had smiled widely, like children. “Look,” the old man had said to his wife. “A young American soldier. A Jew. And so large and strong.” He had touched Seeger’s arm reverently with the tips of his fingers, then had touched the Garand he was carrying. “And such a beautiful rifle…”

    And there, for a moment, although he was not particularly sensitive, Seeger got an inkling of why he had been stopped and questioned by so many before. Here, to these bent, exhausted old people, ravaged of their families, familiar with flight and death for so many years, was a symbol of continuing life. A large young man in the uniform of the liberator, blood, as they thought, of their blood, but not in hiding, not quivering in fear and helplessness, but striding secure and victorious down the street, armed and capable of inflicting terrible destruction on his enemies.