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The Solution to School Shootings? Look to Israel

Israel's gun policy is living proof of the arguments the American gun lobby has been making for years.

2.22.2018 News Mark Tapson 20
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Gun control proponents have pointed to Israel in the past as an example of how limiting gun ownership limits mass shootings. "In Israel, gun ownership is a privilege rather than a right," wrote Public Radio International in November. "There is no such thing as a right to bear arms in Israel," the Huffington Post once declared. Newsweek too suggested that America would do well to emulate Israel's requirement for citizens to "show genuine cause to carry a firearm, such as self-defense or hunting."

But in fact, Israel's gun policy is living proof of the arguments the American gun lobby has been making for years, according to Israel National News:

The article notes that when the knife intifada began in Israel in September 2015, the Israeli government's response was to ease the process for the civilian populace to obtain weapons. After a Jerusalem shooting that killed four, then-Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan changed the gun laws to significantly raise the number of armed civilians on the streets. Graduates of Special Forces units and some IDF officers were allowed to purchase guns at will, security guards were allowed to bring their guns home after work, and the minimum age for a license was reduced from 21 to 18.

Israel National News has more:

Israel does not declare schools gun-free zones. Instead, the country mandates armed security in schools, provided weapons training to teachers, and runs frequent active shooter drills. There have been only two school shootings since, and both have ended with teachers killing the terrorists.

Time to take real action that will protect our children without pursuing pointless and unconstitutional measures that the left, in its utopian fantasies about gun confiscation, insist upon.