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From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

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Israel considers a loosening of its gun laws

The Israeli government is considering a relaxing of its gun laws in order to allow more ordinary citizens the ability to own and carry guns for self defense.

Israel is mulling relaxing gun rules that will allow up to 40,000 more people to get weapons, the local media reports. Gun-lobbying politicians hope the measure will help ordinary citizens to neutralize “terrorists.”

The Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan proposed to allow any Israeli citizen who passed rifle training in the IDF to apply for a gun license, Tel-Aviv-based daily Haartez reported on Sunday. According to the paper, the required level of training for the license will be equivalent to the one of an IDF combat infantry soldier. If introduced, the measure will be a win for Israel’s gun lobby that had been fighting to lower the bar for gun ownership in order to help regular citizens defend themselves during terror attacks.

“Sending the citizens of Israel to protect themselves with pizza trays, selfie sticks, guitars and umbrellas is a crime of the state against its citizens,” politician Amir Ohana, who leads the gun lobby caucus in the nation’s parliament told Haaretz. “A law abiding citizen, who has the basic skill required, is entitled to be able to defend himself and his surroundings.”

It is simple common sense. It is the same common sense the required all citizens in the American west to know how to use a gun or rifle, and to be armed. Unfortunately, Israel does not have a second amendment, so the right to bear arms is something that the government can give or take, depending on who wins elections.

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  • pzatchok

    I can see why Israel didn’t not include something similar to the US second amendment.

    They have over 1.25 million Muslims living in Israel as citizens.

    Imagine giving all of them the right to own a firearm. If only 10% take up arms against Israel they would have a heck of a bad day.

    Out of 1.25 million Muslims in Israel less than 100 join the IGF each year. 100.
    And in many cases they don’t even tell friends and family out of fear of retribution of some type.

    Could you imagine here in America if ALL blacks refused to join the military? The level of distrust would be astronomical.
    If you thought racial tensions were high now just imagine then.
    Imagine if they refused to serve during WWII and after. Both the right and the left would be finding ways to keep arms out of their hands legally.

    Now imagine if the IDF was comprised of 20% Muslims serving honestly and honorably to defend Israel.
    They would be trusted now to the point a US type second amendment could be added to Israels laws.

    I can understand the distrust.

  • Phill O

    Interesting how the Israelis have put the limitation to training by the IDF! The best countries (for security) are those with armed citizens. When a large proportion of citizens have received (and have a good record) tactical training in urban environments, that is a good thing. Terrorists seem to hit soft targets predominantly.

    What else can a country do when a significant number of people hate another group so much that they will do ANYTHING to destroy their hated enemies?

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