For the second time in under two years, the necessity of the Second Amendment is playing out again. Following an unexpected terrorist attack, the Minister of National Security in Israel loosens restrictive gun laws. Like Ukraine last year, the purpose is to arm as many civilians as possible in the face of war. Unfortunately, like Ukraine, it is too little, too late.
Israel Loosens Gun Laws in Attempt to Arm Civilians
As I am sure you are aware, Hamas launched an unprecedented terror attack on Israel over the weekend. Much like Russia’s attack on Ukraine last year, the raid was completely unexpected. And much like Ukraine, the victims were unarmed due to restrictive gun laws.
One of the first targets in the attack was the Supernova music festival early Saturday. In what can be described as a Red Dawn-like attack, terrorists paraglided into the festival, where guns and knives were forbidden. The gun-free zone saw immediate and unprecedented carnage.
According to Newsweek, “Thousands of people were dancing at the Supernova festival early Saturday when the surprise assault on Israel took place. After hearing sirens and rockets go off, festival-goers heard a barrage of gunfire that halted the music and sent crowds scrambling to get to safety. At least 260 bodies have been recovered from the festival site in the Negev Desert in southern Israel, according to rescue agency Zaka.”
In response to the attack, Israel’s Minister of National Security, Itamar Ben-Gvir called for broadened standards for issuing firearm licenses.
In a tweet, via Google Translation, he stated, “Today I directed the Firearms Licensing Division to go on an emergency operation, in order to allow as many citizens as possible to arm themselves. The plan will take effect within 24 hours.”
According to reports, currently, only approximately 2% of the entire adult population has a personal gun license. Likewise, current law only allows pistol ownership, and rifles are off-limits. Additionally, civilians are only allowed to possess 50 rounds of ammunition. Finally, you have to be at least 20 (older in some cases) and have a specific need to own a weapon.
Too Little, Too Late
Like putting on your seatbelt after the wreck, the announcement comes too late for many. Even worse, the new guidelines do too little to make a real difference. The main points are still stricter than even the strictest gun control cities in the United States:
- Any citizen who meets the detailed tests for carrying a private firearm due to self-defense and serving the security forces, and is without a criminal or medical record, will be required to undergo a telephone interview instead of a physical interview, and will be able to receive permission to carry a firearm within a week.
(Self-defense tests: residence in an eligible settlement, rifle veterans 07 and above, officers in the rank of lieutenant and above and combatants in the rank of major and above in the IDF and the security forces, service in special units, firefighters, policemen, and workers and volunteers in the rescue forces).
- Any citizen who received a conditional permit to purchase a firearm and did not purchase a firearm during the year 2023 and the conditional license has expired, will be able to purchase a firearm now without the need to submit another application. The exemption will apply to about 4000 citizens.
- Any citizen who deposited his weapon in the last six months due to failure to perform refresher training or renewal training, will be able to receive his weapon back. The exemption will apply to about 1800 citizens.
- In addition, starting next Tuesday, conditional permits to carry firearms will be issued with a permit allowing the purchase of up to 100 bullets instead of 50 today.
Israeli citizens might be allowed to carry a firearm within a week and are now allowed 100 rounds. This was the post in the middle of an ongoing invasion.
Eyes on Our Southern Border
As we know, the United States Intelligence Community was as surprised by this attack as everyone else. That should concern us all. Especially while our southern border is currently wide open and floods of military-age males cross on a daily basis. Who are they? And where are they going?
According to ABC News, “Hamas militants broke through the fences surrounding Gaza on Saturday morning, attacking Israeli soil by land, sea and air.”
It is worth noting that Israel has one of the strongest and most sophisticated borders known to man. We currently do not have a border. Meanwhile, millions of unvetted immigrants have flooded into our country, many military-age males, in the past couple of years. Not to mention, we don’t even know where many of them come from.
However, we do know that hundreds are on the terror watch list. And the celebrations in cities like New York following the attack might be a harbinger.
The MOSSAD, Israeli Institute for Intelligence and Special Operations, delivered a warning to Western nations, including the United States:
Likewise, the FBI released a similar, although more tight-lipped, statement:
“While the FBI does not have specific and credible intelligence indicating a threat to the United States stemming from the Hamas attacks in Israel, we are closely monitoring unfolding events and will share relevant information with our state, local, federal and international law enforcement, intelligence and homeland security partners to ensure they are prepared for any impacts to public safety.”
In addition, many in the Republican party are signaling unease about our near future:
“Today it’s Israel, tomorrow it’s us.”
It’s Time for an Introspection
As our country is being overrun, our Border Czar turned “Gun Control Czar” is trying to disarm American civilians. Twice in a year and a half, we have seen what happens to an unarmed populous. And it is not good.
Two real-life examples in under two years should be enough to make us take a step back and evaluate things. Specifically in terms of gun control. It has played out time and again in gun-free zones throughout the country. And now it is playing out on much larger scales.
Bad guys look for easy targets—and disarmed populations are easy targets. Now is not the time to be virtue signaling for political brownie points. Now is the time to harden our defenses, shut the border down, and secure our citizens.
Let’s not wait until we are attacked from within to ensure our safety. Instead, let’s put the seatbelt on before the wreck. And, for the love of God, stop trying to disarm us, or we will face the same fate.
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