Instead of waiting around for antisemitism to be ‘outlawed’, a jewish writer named Tony Katz is encouraging all Jews, especially those attending synagogue, to arm themselves, and has even gone so far are to recommended ideal weapons that will fit into their tallit bags:
I have long discussed the need for Jews to be armed in their place of worship. I have argued vigorously that your place of worship is a vulnerable target, often called a soft target. Jews gathered for prayer on a Friday night or Saturday morning are a target for those who hate them, and Jews who disagree with that reality are wrong.
Yes. They are wrong. We will all agree that it would be great if you didn’t have to bring a weapon to synagogue, but honesty with ourselves and with our families and with our rabbis dictates that we must. That you shouldn’t HAVE to bring a firearm to synagogue is different than whether you MUST bring a firearm to synagogue.
My mistake, however, was that while I have argued the need for being armed, I have never given any advice on what to be armed with. So I reached out to some experts on firearms for advice. I gave them parameters: Must hold at least 8 rounds, must be 9mm, must have a safety and must be small enough to fit inside a Tallit bag (a small carrying case for a prayer shawl, called a tallit.) I chose these parameters not because I have any issue with other calibers or revolvers ( a .38 snub nose is a great carry weapon!) but rather I wanted a selection that was readily available, where ammunition was affordable and plentiful and a form factor that was compact.
Here is the list:
Sig Sauer P365
Smith and Wesson M&P
Jews must be armed in synagogue, and they should be armed at all times outside of the synagogue. If some Jews don’t want to arm themselves, that’s their right. But any Jew who says that other Jews should not be allowed to arm themselves is wrong. Yes. They are wrong. And that includes your Rabbi.
Any Rabbi who says you can not be armed in synagogue should no longer be your Rabbi. Any Rabbi who fails to recognize that the most important thing a Jew can do when coming to pray is live to go home to their families when they’re done, fails their congregation, and humanity. Any Rabbi who says congregants can not be armed should be fired, or those congregants should find a new synagogue.
Ultimately, Jews should train, and should carry in synagogue regardless of what their Rabbi says. Going home alive is the priority, and being able to protect and defend one’s self, and the ones you love, is paramount. Begin the debate here: How do you live the life God wants you to live if you are not alive, and don’t do everything in your power to stay alive?
In an ideal jewish Utopia, only Jews would be allowed to own guns, but since that will never happen, the next best thing is for the vast majority of Jews — and Christians alike — to be armed and properly trained to defend themselves if need be.
A well armed society is a polite society, after all.
Jews will never be perfectly safe no matter how draconian the ‘hate crimes’ legislation is passed. Criminals ignore laws and will always get guns or knives, or broken bottles, or toothpicks if necessary.
Jews should arm themselves because if they are confident they can protect themselves, we would hope they would stop advocating ‘hate crimes’ laws that will protect no one and merely take away everyone’s Constitutional rights.
And Jews need to understand that enacting special laws to protect Jews will only serve to create more antisemitism, and that’s exactly what Jews, allegedly, don’t want.
When people see yarmulkes, they should think gun owner, not gun grabber.