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  • Obama’s action not enough to end gun violence in the home

    January 12, 2016 | 9:34 am

    In the well-known story from the opening chapters of Genesis, we read the sparse narrative of an intimate relationship that turns violent.

    Writing of the murder of Abel by his brother Cain, Russel Jacoby, author of “Bloodlust: On the Roots of Violence from Cain and Abel to the...

  • Religion and prayer after San Bernardino

    December 7, 2015 | 2:14 pm

    From almost the moment the news broke Wednesday about the shooting in San Bernardino, this tragedy became a debate about religion. As politicians took to Twitter to offer their “thoughts and prayers” for the victims, many responded that thoughts and prayers in the face of such a...

  • Ben Carson, the nutty neurosurgeon

    By Marty Kaplan

    October 8, 2015 | 3:20 pm

    What does it say about higher education that you can graduate from Yale and still believe that the devil made Darwin do it?  What does it say about medicine, that you can both be a gifted neurosurgeon and also declare, “I never saw a body with bullet holes that was more devastating...

  • Stop! Don’t Shoot!

    By Mindy Leaf

    August 9, 2015 | 3:48 pm

    Another day, another senseless shooting.

    We bring you this summer's blockbuster season of random shootings in our nation's movie theaters! See guns discharged by madmen in quiet suburbs of Tennessee and Louisiana! (The message may be a rerun, but it's no less frightening.)...

  • Unrestricted gun culture needs to stop — now

    By Ellie Herman

    June 24, 2015 | 12:04 pm

    This past year, I led an after-school class on argument and critical reasoning with a group of gifted eighth-graders in Compton. The final was an in-class debate on gun control. There were passionate arguments on both sides, which is what I’d hoped for, and as the kids prepared, I...

  • Bring your gun to synagogue

    January 13, 2015 | 9:36 am

    Last week’s attacks in France should be ample evidence that the late Rabbi Meir Kahane was right when he popularized the slogans, “Every Jew a .22” and “Never Again!” 

    Since 2008 I have been carrying a Glock 19 with me virtually everywhere it’s legally permitted – including the...

  • Restraining orders on gun possession may be a new way to stop the killing

    November 5, 2014 | 9:54 am

    Two more young people are dead from another school shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Washington this week.  In California we had a mass near-school shooting in Isla Vista only recently.  But there is a new law in California that can help us prevent more shootings like...

  • Bullets and Bagels: The Jewish shooting club

    By Ryan Torok

    September 10, 2014 | 1:55 pm

    "Ready, Aim, Schmear.” 

    That was the banner hanging in the lobby of Orange County indoor shooting range FT3 Tactical, as members of Bullets and Bagels, a Jewish shooting club, turned out to try firing automatic Colt pistols, semi-automatic rifles and an assortment of other...

  • Letters to the editor: Drones, Tea Party lunches and the right to bear arms

    November 13, 2013 | 2:06 pm

    Drone Issue Complicated Yet Simple: It’s About Ethics and Morality

    Thank you for the great article “The Torah of Drones” (Nov. 8). It’s extremely important and well written.

    My only concern is that the question regarding the morality of deciding who shall live and who shall die...

  • Silencer

    By Steve Greenberg

    May 8, 2013 | 6:49 pm

  • Choose Life: The New Right to Life Movement

    By Aryeh Cohen

    May 7, 2013 | 7:16 pm

    Violence rests heavy in the mythological and religious womb of our civilization. The first murder happens just verses after Adam and Eve leave the Garden of Eden. According to legend, Cain was stunned after he struck and killed Abel, as death had not yet inhabited the world. He was...

  • Field Notes from Gun Appreciation Day

    By Andrew Dugan

    February 8, 2013 | 3:11 pm


    19 January 2013—

    Ventura Co., CA—


    An old industrial building of sorts—an assembly plant or perhaps a warehouse. Drab, sun-blanched red-brick exterior. Indoors—high, cathedral ceilings and cool. Sturdy rafters. Rows of fluorescent lights buzzing in metal scaffolds. On...

  • ADL calls on conservatives to keep Nazi analogies out of gun debate

    January 25, 2013 | 10:24 am

    The Anti-Defamation League called on conservatives to keep Nazi analogies out of the gun control debate.

    "The idea that supporters of gun control are doing something akin to what Hitler’s Germany did to strip citizens of guns in the run-up to the Second World War is historically...

  • Murder in Newtown - God Help Us All

    By Ilana Angel

    December 15, 2012 | 8:17 am

    I am overwhelmed by what happened at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.  My heart is broken and I cry at the senseless loss. I simply do not understand what happened and I am struggling. So many lives lost, so many lives shattered, so many questions will...

  • Reform, Conservative rabbis: step up gun control

    August 17, 2012 | 2:29 pm

    Reform and Conservative rabbinical leaders called for increased gun controls in the wake of a spate of shootings.

    “Our tradition teaches: ‘Do not stand idly by the blood of your neighbor’ (Leviticus 19:16),” said a statement Thursday issued by Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, the executive...

  • Jews and guns

    By Dennis Prager

    August 8, 2012 | 11:33 am

    It is a given among liberal and progressive Jews that gun ownership among the general population is a bad thing. The ideal is near-universal disarmament with only a handful of individual exceptions and, of course, the police.

    The majority of Americans have the opposite view. They...

  • Who will protect us from the NRA?

    By Rob Eshman

    July 25, 2012 | 11:50 am

    The National Rifle Association (NRA) claims it exists to protect our rights. My question is this: Who will protect us from the NRA?

    The gun lobby is not responsible for the tragic shooting in Aurora, Colo., last week that has so far claimed 12 victims. 

    But its consistent and...

  • Joe the Plumber: No gun control, no Holocaust

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    June 20, 2012 | 9:38 am

    Not that Joe Wurzelbacher was ever a favorite of Jewish voters—his name, after all, is Joe the Plumber, not Joe the Doctor or Joe the Lawyer. But his choice to invoke Godwin’s law on gun control in a campaign video is likely to alienate any Ohio Jews who liked Wurzelbacher for...

  • My Interview with the Department of Homeland Security!

    By Julia Bendis

    February 1, 2011 | 10:45 am

    Years ago, I had applied for a position with the Department of Homeland Security.  Why would I apply for a position with the Homeland Security?  Who knows…  Remember my post about my ADD, and pins in my ass?  Well, that’s why.  This was right after 9/11, and they just formed this new...

  • Ronni Chasen update: Gun is a match in ‘person of interest’ suicide

    December 8, 2010 | 3:55 pm

    From The Beverly Hills Courier:

    The Beverly Hills Courier has learned exclusively that preliminary ballistics analysis of the bullets that killed famed Hollywood publicist Ronnie Chasen came from the same gun that the “person of interest,” suicide victim Harold Martin Smith, used to kill himself.

    Beverly Hills Police Department: ‘Ronni Chasen killed by lone gunman on a bike’

  • Go ahead, make my High Holy Day

    September 4, 2009 | 4:21 pm

    From NYPost.com:

    It’s high noon for the high holidays.

    Fearing jihadists will attack synagogues during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, a group of badass rabbis has developed a program to turn your average shul-goer into a lean, mean fighting machine.

    The group, which calls itself the International Security Coalition of Clergy, was founded by Rabbi Gary Moscowitz, who boasts a black belt in karate, teaches martial arts and was an NYPD cop for nine years.

    Read the full story at NYPost.com.

  • Rabbis and Guns - a Rosh Hashanah Safety Video

    September 4, 2009 | 4:16 pm

    Don’t you dare fall asleep during these rabbis’ sermons…

  • Guns, god and gays after 2008

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 5, 2008 | 5:36 pm

    “Guns, God and gays will not disappear from our politics. But they are diminished as electoral weapons as the country confronts a new generation of disputes: global warming, mortgage meltdowns and the detention of terrorism suspects, to name a few.”

    John F. Harris and Jim Vandehei...

  • GOP platform offers strong support for Israel, veers right domestically

    September 3, 2008 | 1:27 am

    MINNEAPOLIS (JTA)—John McCain’s Jewish supporters characterize him as a Republican maverick who shares his party’s bedrock support for Israel and combating anti-Semitism. Critics dismiss him as the standard-bearer of a staunchly conservative party at odds with the Jewish...

  • South has more plans to get guns in churches

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    August 21, 2008 | 8:01 pm

    First Georgia, now Tennessee. I know they just had a big church tragedy, but you have got to be kidding me.

  • Elder get your gun, the preacher’s running his mouth

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    August 18, 2008 | 6:53 pm

    Imagine you are sitting in church, listening to Pastor Bob sermonize about tithing for the tenth time since Tax Day, and the service is running long, and the air conditioning is out, and Bob is still talking, still talking, still talking ... What if you could reach into your...

  • VIDEO: Girls of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF)

    August 3, 2008 | 3:56 am

    Girls of the IDF—Israel Defense Forces.  Video photo montage plus music lovingly crafted by YouTube member , a Floridian named Pilman.

  • Christian lawyer to Supreme Court: ‘Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    June 27, 2008 | 2:21 pm


    Truly terrifying:

    Mathew D. Staver, dean of Liberty University School of Law and founder of Liberty Counsel, picked the title of a patriotic song from World War II to celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision Thursday that struck down the District of Columbia’s handgun ban. “‘Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition’ is the best way to describe today’s decision,” Staver said in a statement released by his conservative law firm.

  • Joining the NRA

    By Jane Ulman

    July 20, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    "I can't wait until I'm older so that I can join the NRA," my son Danny, 9, announces.The National Rifle Association? My son?

    "Danny," I ask, "don't you know that guns hurt people?'

    "Mom," he answers, staring at me incredulously, "they're supposed to."

    With four boys, the issue of guns...

  • Jewish Hot-Button Issues

    By Daniel Kurtzman

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    After a summer marred by anti-Semitic violence, Jewish lobbyists are vowing to push lawmakers to enact stricter laws to combat hate crimes and control guns.

    As Congress returns from its August recess, both efforts are likely to garner a high profile, although it remains unclear...