I am JEWISH and I am leaving for ISRAEL very soon as I hear the call from my faith to go, and be quite frank because of what is happening here in America. In principal, I agree with keeping firearms out of the hands out of mentally ill people with serious illnesses like schizophrenia and other select illnesses where they could become a danger to themselves or others along with felons who have been convicted by a court of law. At the same time, I have to oppose what your attempting because of my faith and History of mass exterminations and political movements. As we know the road to hell is paved with the best of intentions. And this is a fact. The Nazi Weapons Law of 1938 replaced a Law on Firearms and Ammunition of April 13, 1928. The 1928 law was enacted by a center-right, freely elected German government that wanted to curb "gang activity," violent street fights between Nazi party and Communist party thugs. All firearm owners and their firearms had to be registered. Sound familiar? "Gun control" did not save democracy in Germany. It helped to make sure that the toughest criminals, the Nazis, prevailed.
The Nazis inherited lists of firearm owners and their firearms when they 'lawfully' took over in March 1933. The Nazis used these inherited registration lists to seize privately held firearms from persons who were deemed not "reliable." Knowing exactly who owned which firearms, the Nazis had only to revoke the annual ownership permits or decline to renew them. In 1938, five years after taking power, the Nazis enhanced the 1928 gun law. The Nazi Weapons Law introduced handgun control. Firearms ownership was restricted to Nazi party members and other "reliable" people. The 1938 Nazi law barred Jews from businesses involving firearms. On November 10. 1938 -- one day after the Nazi party terror squads (the SS) savaged thousands of Jewish persons, synagogues and Jewish owned businesses throughout Germany in what is called Kristallnacht also known as the night of broken glass. -- new regulations under the Weapons Law specifically barred Jews from owning any weapons, even clubs or knives. As a member of the Jewish faith and is someone who studies the holocaust a subject that is poorly taught in schools today concerns me. I even have families members listed in the SHOA database at YADVASHEM. And I will be pushing for adding a curriculum on the activities of the NAZI government that led to it.
America as a nation is far from perfect, and should always be considered a work in progress. I am not saying, that what happened in GERMANY can happen here. What I am saying is, when you have a democracy ruled by the mob versus a constitutional republic where the rule of law is respected and the minority is protected, than you are setting up circumstances where another Jewish HOLOCAUST could happen and/or occur against other marginalized groups, like MUSLIMS and even Christians along with gun ownership activists. Stalin and MAO were other dictators who did the same and millions more people died who were not even members of one faith or another, just people who did not fit their values of the current revolution. The attempt to register any firearm should be considered a first step at finding who has one and who can oppose any given ideology. And for that reason, I will work diligently to wake up the press and anyone willing to listen in order to prevent history from repeating itself, we must learn from it.
We cannot not deny the mass purges of China under Mao/ Stalin and Lenin in Russia and Hitler of the Jewish people in Europe. Mayors against illegal guns is taking a haphazard misguided approach at stopping gun violence. Reducing poverty, encouraging jobs by creating sound economic policies and education and promoting a value system seated in Torah and the Ten commandments will be key to recognize when a problem exists and how to address populations like the mentally ill and poor and treating them will address these issue further and prevent any Columbines, or Sandy hooks or Virginia Techs from occurring. If you wish, I know of a RABBI who would be willing to debate this in the press, his name is Rabbi Dovid Bendory and he is the rabbinical leader of Jews for the Preservation of Firearms ownership. He pulls no punches, and Bloomberg ought to know history. And as a state official, your state police have to take a look at history. Just visit the Hall of rememebence in Jerusalem.
I will give whatever level of support I can to the resistors. I would not have been born had my grandfather not been a member of a JEWISH Germany resistance.
Peasch Beril Kishner