The Significance of Obtaining a Firearm License.

by Rabbi Shay Tahan

In today's climate, people are grappling with uncertainty about how to respond to the increasing incidents of anti-Semitism worldwide. The dilemma arises: should we flee or stay and confront the challenges? Even if the option to run is considered, recent events demonstrate that no corner of the world seems entirely safe for us. Another quandary facing the Jewish community is whether to apply for a gun permit. Raised and educated to respect and love others, and not to inflict harm in any way, the notion of wielding arms for potential self-defense goes against these values, presenting a moral conundrum for many.

In this article, we will explore the Torah's perspective on navigating the challenges posed by contemporary dangers and assess whether seeking a gun permit is aligned with its recommendations.

Let's begin with the core principle that Jewish people typically avoid targeting others unless it is necessary for establishing deterrence in self-defense. In contrast to nations that have historically targeted Jews based on religious persecution, jealousy, or animosity, Jews, as a generalization, do not harbor an inherent desire to inflict harm on others. Instead, the primary objective is to coexist peacefully, guided by the principle of "live and let live." Therefore our emphasis in this article is specifically on the aspect of self-defense.

Thus, it's important to note that our discussion goes beyond the old American debate on whether guns themselves are responsible for mass school shootings or if it is the evil individuals behind the guns who commit such acts. We are specifically addressing the importance of Jews holding guns as a means to protect ourselves from potential harm.

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