Jewish Civil Rights Group Condemns Reform Rabbi’s "Gun Control" Stance
March 14, 2000
Many American Jews strongly disagree with the
March 16 statement of Rabbi Eric Yoffie, President
of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations,
which called for more "gun control" laws. "Rabbi
Yoffie does not speak for Jews who cherish the Bill
of Rights and believe in self-defense," declares
Aaron Zelman, Executive Director of Jews for the
Preservation of Firearms Ownership (JPFO).
According to Zelman, "It is immoral for Jews to
defend evil, or to favor policies that get people
murdered. Jewish law commands Jews to defend
themselves and their families. So-called ’gun
control’ laws do not stop criminals, but they do
discourage or illegalize self-defense. For Rabbi
Yoffie to support victim disarmament laws is very
un-Jewish and un-American."
"American soldiers, defending our Constitution,
saved some unarmed Jews from annihilation during
World War II," remarks Zelman. "When Rabbi Yoffie
defiles the Bill of Rights by supporting victim
disarmament laws, he spits in the eye of every
veteran who liberated a Nazi death camp."
Zelman fears a backlash against all Jews
because of the lobbying efforts of several national
Jewish organizations. "By working to destroy the
Bill of Rights, these Jewish groups are fanning the
flames of anti-Semitism. A lot of Americans resent
people like Rabbi Yoffie who fail to learn from
history and who trample our fundamental rights," he
Rabbi Yoffie’s position also divides Americans
along religious lines. "America has long held a
basically Christian tradition and outlook. Most
Christians value individual human life. They
understand the right and duty of self-defense,"
noted Zelman. "Rabbi Yoffie and his group oppose
the right of self-defense, and that shows a callous
disregard of individual human lives. Devaluing
human life that way sets those Jewish groups
directly against the prevailing Christian moral
view, and that’s a big mistake."
JPFO expects the victim disarmament lobby to
try to stampede legislators into enacting more "gun
laws" immediately after the next high profile case
of violence. "I expect Rabbi Yoffie to join the
others dancing on the graves of murder victims to
achieve the political goal of preventing people
from defending themselves. Jewish anti-self
defense fanatics really disprove the idea that Jews
are smart and value life."
Dear JPFO Supporters,
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If you have read "The Mitzvah", by Aaron Zelman and
L. Neil Smith, then you already understand Rabbi
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--From The Liberty Crew
About Aaron Zelman
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