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This Jewish Boy Is Going to Buy a Gun

For some time I have been a supporter of the Second Amendment -- intellectually.  I agreed with the Founders' rationale for the right to bear arms.  I even joined the NRA.

But I never bought a gun.

Although I know the basics of how to shoot, I didn't want a pistol around the house.  I didn't think I needed it.  I thought it too risky to own a weapon unless I practiced with it regularly and I didn't want to make time in my schedule for that.  Real physical exercise was more important at my age.  Also, I'm not a particularly fearful type who keeps a claw hammer secreted under the bed.  Beyond that, I didn't want to awaken my mother -- a devoted gun-control advocate -- from her grave.

Until now.  Until Pittsburgh.  This Jewish boy is going to buy a gun.

The local and global situation with anti-Semitism has reached such a level I'd be a fool not to.  Between the rising anti-Zionism and Jew hatred on our campuses and in the Democratic Party (what were Barack Obama and Bill Clinton doing being photographed with Louis Farrakhan?), the bloodthirsty jihadists, and the neo-Nazi monsters like this Bower character, we are at a point I never thought we'd reach in my lifetime.  And as the co-screenwriter of two feature films about the Holocaust, I have a pretty good idea where it can lead.

So I will buy a gun. It's not about fear.  It's just history and logic -- the canary in the coal mine thing. I want my family and me to be ready if catastrophe strikes, although I sincerely hope it never will.  Oh, how I hope that. But I still have to be prepared.

When I heard Donald Trump recommend to the congregation of the Tree of Life synagogue that they have armed guards, I could but nod.  Actually, I was surprised they didn't already.  Many, if not most, temples and other Jewish institutions I know in New York and Los Angeles are at high levels of readiness, often with police and/or security personnel standing by.  In France, all Jewish organizations, synagogues, schools, etc. are constantly guarded by gendarmes with highly visible automatic weapons.  It's an accepted part of the landscape  Given what has occurred there, they have no choice.  Israel's security measures are legendary.

I am not angry at the people -- some are friends of mine -- who are adamant about gun control, just frustrated with them.  I understand the idealistic impulse.  I had it myself for many years.  But the world is not a John Lennon song.  Pittsburgh showed us that yet again. It's time to grow up.