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Belgium - Charedi Rabbi Calls For Gun Law Changes In Europe, Jews Should Arm For Self Defense

Published on: January 14, 2015 02:46 PM
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Jerusalem – The director general of the Rabbinical Centre of Europe (RCE) and the European Jewish Association (EJA) is calling for governments in Europe to amend gun licensing laws to allow Jews to carry firearms in light of the recent outbreak of violence against Jews.

Rabbi Menachem Margolin wrote to the governments of all EU-member states requesting a change in law, reports Israel National News (http://bit.ly/1ClO5y1 ).

In the letter Rabbi Margolin states, “We hereby ask that gun licensing laws are reviewed with immediate effect to allow designated people in the Jewish communities and institutions to own weapons for the essential protection of their communities, as well as receiving the necessary training to protect their members from potential terror attacks.”

Margolin says his request is in direct response to the lack of protection of Jewish communities by European governments.

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The letter was sent after four shoppers were shot and killed at a kosher grocery store in Paris, and after 12 journalists were killed at the Paris publication Charlie Hebdo by Muslim extremists.

“We need to recognize the warning signs of anti-Semitism, racism, and intolerance that once again threaten Europe and our European ideals,” continued Margolin.

Since the attacks, France deployed 5,000 security personnel to Jewish schools, but most French Jews don’t feel protected.

Rabbi Margolin says he is not calling for Jews to illegally carry arms, but wants government to step in to lawfully arm Jews so they “feel protected.”



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 Jan 14, 2015 at 03:40 PM yankykings Says:

Rabbi I'm with you a 100% right I wish her in NY I could have a gun & arm my self.

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 Jan 14, 2015 at 04:03 PM Anonymous Says:

Is this really what they call a chareidy rabbi these days shame on our dor

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 Jan 14, 2015 at 04:27 PM ProminantLawyer Says:

this guy is right!

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 Jan 14, 2015 at 04:46 PM Realist77 Says:

For every Jew, a 22. ( unless you live in the tri-state area only the criminals carry concealed).

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 Jan 14, 2015 at 05:07 PM Anonymous Says:

A very timely and necessary proposal.

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 Jan 14, 2015 at 05:27 PM jason Says:

Bravo Rabbi Margolin for this is the type of Rabbinical leadership we very much in need of. Though guns for Jews only is not fair to the rest of the law abiding citizens who also want to protect themselves and can be perceived as special treatment for the Jews and result in resentment to the law and the Jews. The only solution is to change the law for all law abiding citizens. This will never happen in the EU.

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 Jan 14, 2015 at 06:54 PM Anonymous Says:

In Ohio, one does not need a permit to possess a firearm in their home. There have been cases of armed burglars breaking into homes here, who have been shot dead by the homeowners. If that occurred in NYC, the homeowner would have been charged.

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 Jan 14, 2015 at 08:50 PM Anonymous Says:

I agree with theRabbi. And I agree with New York City problem. Ilegal to Carry arms. Just all criminals buy arms ilegally and carry and ח"ש use. And the law abiding ones stay לעקיש

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 Jan 14, 2015 at 10:20 PM charliehall Says:

Actually, according to gunpolicy.org, both ownership and carrying of firearms is permitted in France as long as one gets a permit from the authorities. A permit requires a background check.

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 Jan 15, 2015 at 11:32 AM ookamikun Says:

Reply to #1  
yankykings Says:

Rabbi I'm with you a 100% right I wish her in NY I could have a gun & arm my self.

You can't carry in NYC, but you can own and go to the range.
Rifle/Pistol permit is $140/3yr + $91.50 fingerprints, no interview, no questions, 4~6 weeks.
Pistol permit is $340/3yr + $91.50 fingerprints, interview, 6 months. However, you can't take it out of the city so you'll have to get local gun range membership which is $250+ per year. And all of that, unlike rifle/shotgun, is per person. For 2 people, I figure $3k for first year with the permits, range membership, pistols and accessories.
If you're interested, I can help you apply, buy and train, all free.

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 Jan 15, 2015 at 11:36 AM ookamikun Says:

Reply to #7  
Anonymous Says:

In Ohio, one does not need a permit to possess a firearm in their home. There have been cases of armed burglars breaking into homes here, who have been shot dead by the homeowners. If that occurred in NYC, the homeowner would have been charged.

NY has Castle Doctrine so no obligation to retreat. And with a nice frum home with little kids, nobody's going to tell you that you should've ran out of your home.

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 Jan 15, 2015 at 04:12 PM marcia Says:

FINALLY! I was ‘meshugah’ when I proposed this on sites like VIN a decade ago, think about how many people could be alive today if someone proficient with a firearm had been there?! Better to be tried by 12 than carried by 6...

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