Brooklyn borough president Eric L. Adams, a Democrat, made clear his response to the Tree of Life Synagogue attack, saying he would be armed and ready should such an attacker target a synagogue in his county.
The New York Times reports that Adams is a retired New York Police Department captain who admitted his decision to carry a gun for defense of himself and fellow worshipers would not be applauded politically. But he said, “It’s not popular, but it’s right.”
He added, “We have to live in the real universe that we’re in.”
Other Jewish leaders rallied around Adams’ announcement and announced they would be pursuing a gun license:
I applaud and agree with @BPEricAdams and I am registering immediately for a gun license. And I encourage other Jews to do so to protect their institutions and synagogues. If we are targets, we need to be prepared.https://t.co/2nKg9cof8p
— Dov Hikind (@HikindDov) October 28, 2018
The day after the heinous attack that took 11 lives at the Tree of Life Synagogue, Breitbart’s Joel Pollak stressed, “We Jews have the Second Amendment; we should use it.”
Jews in the U.S. should take a cue from our brethren in Israel. We have no choice but to arm ourselves — either personally, or by hiring armed guards for synagogues and schools.
It is a dismal reality — but it need not be a debilitating one, just as buying life insurance does not mean being preoccupied by death. We cannot wait for a political solution to gun violence — which will never come — nor can we trust extremists to comply with the law.
Pollak added, “The Torah also commands us to use deadly force to stop someone who intends to kill others and cannot be stopped any other way. Thankfully, we have the Second Amendment. We should use it.”
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