October 12 — Portions of the Middle East, including Israel, have some of the most stringent gun laws in the world — even tougher than places in the United States.
Eben Brown from Fox News said, “Its domestic gun control laws mean private ownership of firearms can be a hassle, requiring licensing and demonstration of need.”
After the surprise attacks by Hamas over the weekend, where almost 300 civilians lost their lives at a music festival, could gun ownership increase?
Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “I think you’re going to see changes in Israel when it comes to gun laws in light of what happened last weekend. I don’t think a lot of people in the US or around the world realize how low gun ownership was in Israel. You do wonder if they had higher gun ownership, might some of these catastrophes from the terrorist attacks last weekend have been prevented? Probably.”
A program has been initiated where citizens can call government offices to get weapons. In fact, Israeli police have urged citizens to carry firearms with them to synagogues during the recent high holy days.
Carl Hill of Hill Top Arms in Waynesboro said, “They live in a place where literally everybody wants to kill them. I can tell you here if you see me, I’m generally pretty well armed. I wouldn’t dream of living in a border area without having access to a way to defend myself and to defend my family and specifically defend my place of worship. It is egregious.”
Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM pointed out, “This should be on your mind here because the left would like nothing more than to take away your guns and your gun rights. We see this. They’re coming after you.”
Barkdoll said, “That’s going to be another whole debate that’s happening over there. But unfortunately, just day after day, as we’ve been predicting, those death toll numbers keep rising. I think we’re now pushing at about 3,000 total deaths. It’s rising by the hundreds, by the day. I think Netanyahu smartly yesterday, he brought in sort of what I would call his opposition to form this unity government for purposes of figuring out and strategizing how to quash Hamas. It looks like that’s getting ramped up very quickly.”
Even though Israel is launching a lot of attacks into Gaza, they may be holding off on certain areas.
Barkdoll explained, “Because they know there are a lot of Americans and other foreigners that they’re trying to get out of Gaza before Israel would go in and just demolish it. So that’s likely happening here within the next day or two.”
Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM pointed out, “Well, after bizarre celebrations and support for the Palestinians, which support Hamas, I’m questioning this. Harvard students and others in the country that we saw that was pretty horrific, and around the world as well. Animosity was a great word to describe what happened between the press and the President of Israel, Herzog. They just constantly say, ‘Are you going to hurt civilians? Are you going to hurt civilians?’ Israel still abides by the rules of war, the internationally recognized rules where you don’t go after civilians, but they kept pressing him. He’s like, well, what are we supposed to do? When there’s a bomb being stored on a person’s kitchen table and that’s where the bomb is coming from to kill my children, what are we supposed to do as we try to take these people out? So they put him on the defensive and I just don’t understand this. It’s bizarre blaming Israel for the jibe that we’re hearing. Then you hear about the poor Israelis who didn’t have guns to protect themselves because there’s a very liberal progressive attitude among a lot of Israelis. I have friends who have family there, they live there themselves and we happen to be on opposite sides of that. I think they’re going to rethink the whole idea of having personal protection because you just never know. They say oh, in quiet times nobody cares. Yeah, that’s the point. In quiet times, you don’t have to care but you don’t understand when something might come up. Now we’re hearing that the FBI is probing the idea of lone wolf in the United States. The mayor of New York is warning New Yorkers about this. And well they should be. We have so many people that came across the border. We have no idea who they are. We did not vet them.”
Barkdoll confirmed, “Those warnings were issued yesterday that the federal government is concerned about lone wolf attacks in the US related to this Israeli Palestinian situation. There are over 2 million Palestinians living in Gaza. It’s the most densely populated piece of land in the world. The reporting already is there are now over 300,000 Palestinians that are essentially refugees. Remember they’ve now had all their electricity, food and water cut off. But as the Israelis are saying and as President Biden is saying and bipartisan officials in Washington, the Israelis have to be able to respond and to defend themselves based on this terrorist attack over the weekend. There is no doubt there is going to be a lot of collateral damage, is the term they use in the military, which is the euphemism to say there are going to be a lot of Palestinian civilians killed. It’s still not clear what the plan is for that Gaza area. So if there’s 2 million people that are quickly going to be displaced, what happens to them? I mean, maybe they’re just left to die. Maybe other countries around the world are going to all have to agree to take certain numbers of them. Israel has to secure its own country, and they have to get Hamas quelled or eliminated entirely.”
Jansen said, “But you know what you’re not going to see? You’re not going to see Israeli soldiers raping women and dragging their bodies through the street and posting this to social media or babies being just needlessly killed because they’re the enemy. You’re not going to see that from the Israeli military.”
Ryan added, “Animals, butchers and on display. If you’re defending that, then you better take a good hard look in the mirror on that one.”