A new inflammatory open letter from the Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership advocacy group addressed to Mayor Michael Bloomberg argues that “‘[g]un control’ actually (and historically) means letting government, whether benign or ruthlessly evil, disarm certain sectors of society and allow others to remain armed.” The sectors of society in question, according to the JPFO, have too often been Jewish, going directly against the teachings of the tradition, which tells its believers “that righteous self-defense is not only permissible but an obligation.” According to the cited Talmud Sanhedrin, “If a murderer comes for you, strike him down first.” The group goes on to compare gun control to Nazi policies and warn of genocide, arguing that Bloomberg is trying to “mimic” leaders like Hitler and Stalin.
Rabbi Dovid Bendory writes:
Additionally, you are no doubt aware that the Jewish people have been at the wrong end of the gun barrel for far too long. America is one of the few countries in the world where Jews are entitled to embrace firearms as the most practical means of our own self-defense. And you would strip us of the right to defend ourselves? With all due respect, Mr. Mayor, this is shameful.
Mayor Bloomberg, have you studied Jewish history? Are you aware that the Nazis disarmed Jews prior to Kristallnacht and that those same Nazi gun laws are the foundation of the U.S. Gun Control Act of 1968? Are you aware that Senator Thomas Dodd asked the Library of Congress to translate the Nazi Gun Control Laws into English for him, and that he incorporated language from these laws into the Gun Control Act of 1968 that he authored? How can it be that you, a Jew, are enforcing Nazi-inspired laws? (See “Gateway to Tyranny”)
Tyrants like Lenin, Hitler, Stalin, and Mao “pioneered” the bloody trail of “gun control” in the 20th Century. Why do you so thoughtlessly, in effect, mimic the insidious actions of these monsters?
Earlier, the group links to a “Genocide Chart,” in which gun control laws are linked to mass killings, in order to demonstrate that, “Without the personal firearm as an ‘equalizer,’ the stronger will always control the weaker.”
Their extreme position also includes this handy handbill: