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Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership

JPFO is Honored to Present: "Ask the Rabbi"

Rabbi Mermelstein has volunteered to answer firearms-related questions for readers of the JPFO Web Pages. In addition to his background in rabbinics, he is the Handloading Editor for Petersen's Handguns Magazine, is JPFO's Editorial Board Director, and previously was in the business of manufacturing high grade ammunition. He is of course an avid shooter and hand loader.

Dear Rabbi Mermelstein:

WHERE ARE ALL OF THE PRO FIREARM JEWS? I LIVE OUTSIDE ORLANDO, ORIGINALLY FROM NYC AND HAVE YET TO FIND THEM IN EITHER PLACE. I AM PROCESSING TO BE A COP IN THE CIVILIAN WORLD AFTER JUST SEPARATING FROM THE AIR FORCE AS A COP. LOOKING FOR ADVICE. GLOCK OR SIG?? .45 OR .40 OR 9 MM FOR POLICE WORK AND SELF DEFENSE??

Dear sir,

Where are all the pro gun Jews, indeed! Well, I know of Aaron Zelman, the chairman of JPFO, and myself. Maybe a few others. We keep trying to win over more Jewish minds, especially my personal campaign to convert Orthodox Jews to our thinking. It says in our Torah, "And you must surely guard your life." I understand this injunction to mean stay out of inclement weather, eat wisely and be armed. Glock or Sig, 9mm Parabellum, .40 S&W or .45 ACP? Of opinions, it has been said, everyone has at least one. I opt for a .45 ACP for both uniformed and civilian clothing use. You get to choose the launching platform. Either a Glock or a Sig will do its part to get you home safely if you can do your part.

Shalom Rabbi,

As a 32 year old jewish male I am amazed and disturbed at what seems to be a common belief that jews don't need guns by other jews, this is the opinion of relatives, previous temple members and seems the jewish organizations ie: B'nai B'rith. Doesn't this fly in the face of reality of the holocaust? Do you have any idea as to why this may be and have you encountered this yourself? Someone said that we believe so strongly in G-D that we have given up responsibility of caring for our own fate and that we are doomed to keep being persecuted.

Alan Rudolph

Dear Mr. Rudolph,

This nonsense about firearms being un-Jewish is a theme in many e-mails that come though here. Labeling firearms inappropriate for Jews has its roots in the Jewish psyche going back many generations. Firearms, to many Jews, represent a threat to life and limb wielded by a murderous anti-semite. I fear that no amount of information distribution will alter the mindset of so many people. To compound the problem Jews are by and large urban dwellers where every mention of a gun in the media involves crime. How does one teach a creature who has tasted the whip that the very same implement could be used to justifiably retaliate against its tormentor? I'd like a free lunch for every invitation I've extended to Orthodox Jews to be my guests at the local public shooting range for an afternoon of free shooting lessons that was turned down. I even promise them to pick up the range fees and provide the ammunition. ANYTHING to show my coreligionists that a gun is only a tool, no less so than a meat grinder or lawn mower. I persevere, nonetheless. The battle to win over Jewish minds will continue.

Mr. Mermelstein,

Do you believe that Palestinians should have the right to bear arms?

Sir, you ask whether Palestinians should have the right to bear arms. Such a question places the respondent in a "damned if you do, damned if you don't" situation. Like it or not, I certainly believe in the right of any people to bear arms. Our Second Amendment was drafted to protect the populace from a government gone bad. This right is universal, not peculiar to Americans. Should armed Palestinians conduct wanton acts of murder and terrorism under the banner of throwing off a bad (Israeli) government? The Israeli government only wants peace both within its borders and with its neighbors. I don't see any campaign to annihilate Palestinians; only to control the terrorist acts of the few. Does that seem unreasonable? Are ALL Palestinians fringe lunatics out to murder Jews? I think not. Therefore, their right to defend themselves against a murderous government is as valid as ours in America. You asked what I took to be a serious question. I reply in the same vein.

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