An armed man is described as having freedom and dignity. Which is why serfs and Jews were denied it.
Self-defense is obviously important. But the ability to defend oneself is also a form of dignity. It gives one pride.
And American Jews badly need pride. The dysfunction we see is largely caused by the lack of it.
There is a great deal of success, but no sense of dignity.
The goal of Jews Can Shoot is to motivate and inspire a community that stands for our inalienable right to self-defense, to accept personal responsibility for our survival.
Jews Can Shoot is the only pro-gun Jewish organization that not only talks the talk but walks the walk by offering firearms instruction by professional, experienced firearms instructors. Jews Can Shoot works to encourage Jews to come out of the “shtetl” and let the world know that we are armed and we are victims no more. Jews Can Shoot fully supports our inalienable right to self-defense and is protected by the Constitution of the United States in the Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights.
“All too many of the other great tragedies of history—Stalin’s atrocities, the killing fields of Cambodia, the Holocaust, to name but a few—were perpetrated by armed troops against unarmed populations. Many could well have been avoided or mitigated, had the perpetrators known their intended victims were equipped with a rifle and twenty bullets apiece, as the Militia Act required here. … If a few hundred Jewish fighters in the Warsaw Ghetto could hold off the Wehrmacht for almost a month with only a handful of weapons, six million Jews armed with rifles could not so easily have been herded into cattle cars.” — Silveira v Lockyer, (9th Cir. 2003) (Kozinski, J. dissenting.)
You do not have to be Jewish or a child of Holocaust survivors to participate in our classes. You just have to want to learn to defend yourself.
“In an article I wrote in 1936, entitled “On the Hearth” (Yiddish) I pointed out that each generation of Jews has its own alef-bet to learn, and the lessons are different for each generation. I wrote: “For this generation now growing before our own eyes, and on whose shoulders will fall the responsibility for the greatest turning point in our history, the alef-bet is very plain and simple: ‘Young men, learn to shoot!’ Being educated is not enough. Being educated and also skilled workers and farmers is still not enough. But knowing how to shoot will give us hope. This is not militarism or fascism. This is historical reality. It is necessary for our survival in Palestine and elsewhere.
“We Jews have too long been a people of contemplation only. Now we need generations of young founders and builders who can ride horses, climb trees, and use weapons and their fists. It is not morality and contemplation that move nations. It is power and military force — just what we Jews have lacked everywhere for centuries and even now in Palestine.” ~ Ze’ev Jabotinsky
Jews Can Shoot is inspired by the words of Ze’ev Jabotinsky
and in tribute to those who survived and those who were slaughtered in the Holocaust.
Nothing Says Never Again Like an Armed Jew
Habah l’hargecha hashkem l’hargo — “If someone is coming to kill you, rise against him and kill him first.”
from Babylonian Talmud: Tractate Berakoth