There is lots of ideas about what kind of defense is most appropriate against terrorism. Some people want terrorists to be treated like any other violation of law and aggressively protect them against violation of their civil rights after their terrorist attacks. Others point out that the modern terrorist is Islamic so they want to destroy mosques and run their followers out of town since they pose such a threat to our way of life. Somewhere there should be a rational effective measure between these two outlandish extremes.
I propose that the best way we can learn how to deal with terrorism is to look to the folk that have had to deal with it most extensively. Israel is a tiny enclave of western people with democratic ideals that is surrounded by a sea of radical insanity. They have had to survive in extremely hazardous surroundings for over sixty years and have had to find ways to do so within their physical and financial means. How have they done it? Well one of the most effective measures they have employed is to arm their trusted citizens.
The internet has numerous accounts of how Israeli school teachers,businessmen,students,military reserve members,housewives,and others have stopped terrorist attacks by use of their privately owned concealed weapons. They have discovered that terrorists are like prowling wolves pursuing the sheep. The wolf wants to attack and kill as many sheep as possible in order to create the maximum terror and fear. They focus on the helpless,the infirm,the weak for there is the maximum terror return for the least threat. What wolf would want to be torn apart or gored by an angry sheep or alert sheep dog? There would be no 73 virgins in the afterlife for such a wolf as that.
Starting early in the conflict many years ago Arafat and his terrorist minions focused on school buses and children. They were least able to defend themselves and offered the most terror for the little effort. Today each school has a number of teachers who are armed. Bus drivers are either issued arms or encouraged to carry their privately owned firearms and armed teachers and/or parents go along on school trips. By arming teachers to provide protection until security forces can arrive they have deterred terrorism in schools for the past 30 years.
Israeli Police Inspector General Shlomo Aharonisky has repeatedly called on all concealed-handgun-permit holders to carry firearms at all times. In March,Israeli police announced they wanted to increase the
number of Israelis carrying handguns by 60,000. Inspector General Shlomo Aharonisky stated: “There’s no question that weapons in the hands of the public have prevented acts of terror or stopped them.” This is a simple acknowledgment of fact and that fact is anything but new today. Many of the founding fathers of our country were outspoken on the subject that citizens should be armed. “The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.“ –Alexander Hamilton
The idea that respectful citizens possessing the right and ability to arm and protect themselves,their family and friends just plain makes good sense. It provides security for the people while costing the government essentially nothing. In a recent debate in a 2011 Arkansas House Legislature committee meeting on a bill to allow churches to have specific members possess firearms in church for security one AR state representative was presented with the question,“What do you do if an armed person enters our church as has happened elsewhere and attempts to kill the pastor?” She replied,“Well sometimes you just have to die.” Such irrational thinking among legislators is insane. Voting for such a person is equally insane.
The “shall issue”laws that have come in effect in recent years are a great start to turn the tide of violence in our nation. According to a number of sources,states enacting such laws have seen a corresponding decrease in violent crime rates after enacting such a measure. It is likely that presence of armed citizens might have decreased the number of people injured or killed in the Tucson attach early this year.
It is really a simple concept to understand,wolves don’t chose to attack bears,lions or sheep dogs but prefer helpless sheep. If they know the sheep dog is on duty,they will likely chose another sheep fold. Likewise criminals,thugs or terrorists are likely to look elsewhere for easier picking if they expect opposition. Responsible citizens carrying their personally owned firearms are the sheep dogs of our society.
Instead of preventing law-abiding citizens from possessing guns the government should be encouraging them to get a self-protection weapon,learn to use it responsibly,and carry it regularly either openly or concealed. “Americans have the right and advantage of being armed –unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.”—James Madison,“The Federalist Papers.” We should be following the wisdom of our founding fathers with regard to providing the right and ability of citizens to protect themselves.
Perhaps one of my favorite quotes on this subject is the common sense statement of James Earl Jones,“The world is filled with violence. Because criminals carry guns,we decent law-abiding citizens should also have guns. Otherwise they will win and the decent people will lose.” Why in the world would we want the “decent people”to be forced to be on the losing side of the battle against terrorism and crime?
Following is a few links of interest:
In Time of War: The Israeli answer to terrorism
by Massad Ayoob
Could Armed Defense have saved victims in Tucson?
Armed Brooklyn Jews protrol their neighborhoods against terrorism
“There’s no question that weapons in the hands of the public have
prevented acts of terror or stopped them while they were in progress,”
Ordinary,responsible Americans need to be armed,just as Israelis
are in the war against terrorism,writes author/researcher John R.
Lott Jr.,who says that’s the only adequate response to the terrorist
threat Americans now face.
ISRAEL:GUNS FOR DEFENSE AGAINST TERRORISM