Israel’s gun policy is living proof of the arguments the American gun lobby has been making for years. For years, politicians have debated how to address America’s alarming gun violence problem. A solution may be found by learning from Israel, where despite the proliferation of weapons, violent shootings at schools are extremely rare. Overall, Israelis face far fewer incidents of gun violence than Americans…33 times less.
Israel National News In fact, Israel’s gun policy is living proof of the arguments the American gun lobby has been making for years.
Gun rights advocates contend that the way to stop mass shootings is by ensuring that there are always well-armed citizens present who can neutralize the shooter. As NRA chairman Wayne Lapierre always says, “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun”. A bedrock of the NRA’s philosophy is that criminals will always acquire guns illegally, and draconian gun laws only render law-abiding citizens defenseless.
When the knife intifada erupted in September 2015, the Israeli government’s response was to ease the process for the civilian populace to obtain weapons. After a particularly bloody Jerusalem shooting attack that killed four, then-Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan drastically changed the gun laws in order to significantly raise the number of armed civilians on the streets. Instantly, graduates of Special Forces units and IDF officers with the rank of Lieutenant and above were permitted to purchase guns at their will, security guards were allowed to bring their guns home after work, and the minimum age for a license was reduced from 21 to 18.
Erdan explained that “civilians well trained in the use of weapons provide reinforcement in the struggle against terrorism”, while Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat called for every resident to carry a gun, and was even photographed traveling the city carrying a Glock 23.
In addition, the overwhelming majority of terror attacks in Israel are stopped by armed civilians, not law enforcement. For example, the terrorists in the 2016 Sarona market attack were stopped by armed passersby. A pistol-carrying tour guide put an end to the 2017 ramming attack in Arnona that left four soldiers dead.
In Israeli eyes, guns are a valuable deterrent against terrorism. In fact, terrorists have told the Shin Bet internal security service that they often target Haredi (Ultra-Orthodox) Jews due to the high likelihood that they are unarmed.
Gun control has been proven to be a dismal failure in Israel. The Israeli Arab communities are rife with illegal weapons, with some police estimates putting the number of unlicensed weapons in the Arab sector as high as 500,000. Think about that for a second: The most heavily guarded borders in the world and a highly professional Shin Bet are still not enough to prevent criminals from obtaining illegal firearms.
When terrorists attacked a school in Maalot in 1974, Israel did not declare every school a gun-free zone. It passed a law mandating armed security in schools, provided weapons training to teachers and today runs frequent active shooter drills. There have been only two school shootings since then, and both have ended with teachers killing the terrorists.
It is an approach that the Americans should take to end the constant slaughter of innocents.
Times of Israel Because Palestinian terrorists are always increasing their attacks against Israeli citizens, the Israeli government is responding by arming more citizens, including teachers:
Restrictions on gun permits are being eased, especially for former security officials, as a measure meant to help counter the wave of terror attacks, Israeli officials said. many citizens helped the Israel Police neutralize terrorists carrying out attacks. Citizens trained in the use of firearms are a force multiplier in the struggle against terror.”
TheTower Yaakov Amit, head of the Public Security Ministry’s Firearms Licensing Department, why Israel doesn’t have the kind of mass killings seen in the US. “You can’t prevent this entirely. You can’t ensure that someone won’t someday go crazy and do something like this, but we do our best to prevent it from happening,” Amit answered. .
Specifically, Israel keeps a registry of all of its gun owners, who must pass a background check that considers criminal, physical, and mental health records; take shooting courses at a licensed gun range; and provide a specific reason for needing a gun, like working in security or living in the settlements, where there’s limited Israeli security presence and a higher rate of attacks against Jews. If approved, Israeli gun owners must retake their license exam every three years. These hurdles ensure that only responsible citizens can legally obtain deadly weaponry.
On the other hand, there is hardly a school in Israel that is not fenced in. You must go through a locked gate that is guarded by an armed security guard. He or she, on the other hand, is not concerned with educating, but protecting. He or she will ask you why you are there? “What is your child’s name?” “Show me your I.D. card.” And he or she would not let you bring a weapon inside.
Israel does indeed have armed security in every school and that an officer is very visible. All the security officers working in the schools are under the guidance of the Israel police, and the standards are high. Unannounced drills are frequent to test operational readiness.
Time to take real action that will protect our children without pursuing pointless and unconstitutional measures that the left, in its utopian fantasies about gun confiscation, insist upon.