Category Archives: Interviews

Patriot Nurse – RN, Medical Preparedness Trainer, Youtube Star and Jewish Markswoman

Today’s Jewish Markswoman goes by the online pseudonym The Patriot Nurse.  She is a medical professional, who specializes in training people in medical preparedness for extreme circumstances.  According to her web site:

The Patriot Nurse is an actively practicing RN, with a BSN.  In addition to her work in the United States, she has also traveled extensively for medical mission work.

I take a very balanced approach to prepping that is decidedly reason-based.  Many people, after prepping for awhile, being to realize their preps are covered in the food and weapons arenas.  Medical preparedness is decidedly less glitzy, but it is integral to a well-rounded plan for thriving during times of difficulty.  My work fills that void for the average Joe.

I first learned about The Patriot Nurse when she appeared on Youtube in a pro-gun rights video with a prominent firearms trainer:

As the video proves, American Jewish women often have pro-gun views every bit as strong as anyone else who supports the Second Amendment.  The Patriot Nurse was kind enough to participate in email interview:

1.  Where did you grow up?

The Hills of Southern Appalachia….Shalom Y’all!

2. What do you do for a living?

I’m a practicing RN in my day job, and I also travel around the country teaching my Medical Preparedness classes.

3. Who introduced you to firearms?  How old were you the first time you went shooting?

My father gave my brother a BB gun for the Holidays one year when I was 8, and I was insanely jealous.  Pretty soon, I made a habit of regularly ‘borrowing’ my brother’s BB Gun to target shoot.  When I was 21, I bought my first handgun for self-defense.  And the rest is History :)

4.  What do Jewish family members and friends think about your shooting?

One of my fellow tribe members has a saying, “There are two types of Jews:  The ones that do your taxes, and the ones that clean your rifles.”  I happen to be the latter type ;)
For the most part, the community I am a part of is extremely supportive of my decision to arm myself.  Of course, many of them share a strong admiration for the Black Forest Partisans– our brothers and sisters who fought and resisted the systematic extermination perpetrated by the Nazis.

5.  Why do you think many American Jews are hesitant to embrace firearms?

Many of our brothers and sisters came to this country as a result of the expulsion of Jews from western Europe and Russia.  Especially in the case of the Russian Jewry, pogroms and other acts of violence were perpetrated against  them by people with GUNS and other weapons.  Naturally, when one is the continued victim of having a gun pointed at him, he remembers the gun itself, and not necessarily the man behind it.  It’s just the way the human brain works.  Consequently, a generational aversion arises to the ‘threat’.

6.  Do you have any recommended resources for Jews who are on the fence regarding the decision to own and carry a firearm for self defense?

   YES! :D
  1) Resistance:  Untold Story of the Jewish Partisans (movie)
  2) Partisans of Vilna (movie)
  3) The War and the Jew by Vladimir Jabotinsky (book)
  4) Jews for the Preservation of Firearms   http://www.jpfo.org/

7.  Is there anything else you would like to say to the readers?

History favors the prepared, and there is no moral superiority in Victimhood. We have the right in this country to arm ourselves to the teeth for defense.  It is the right of every person to take steps to protect him/herself and their families.  We should embrace it, for ourselves and the mishpacha!

Her web site is http://www.thepatriotnurse.com.  She also has a facebook page and youtube channel.  Check it out!

Jeffrey Chosid – Missouri Service Rifle Champion and Jewish Marksman

Today’s Jewish Marksman is Jeffrey Chosid.  Jeffrey has a distinguished competitive shooting career and shares his experiences with us below.  He also mentions that his daughter Kiki and Alex are both shooters, with Kiki achieving competitive shooting acclaim of her own.   From my email discussion with Jeffrey:

I was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri.  I attended college in St. Louis, meeting my wife of thirty-six years at Maryville University.  We are still in St. Louis.  I’ve traveled to thirty-eight countries (If I can include a few U.S. Territories) but have never been away from St. Louis for more than two weeks at a time.   We have two grown children, Kiki and Alex.  I own a distributorship of printing supplies.

My father, a disk jockey and radio announcer was not a shooter but did have a number of firearms.  Most were interesting wall-hangers, but he did have a couple of modern (?) handguns, each with a legend attached.  The Spanish 38 Special revolver was supposedly loaned to a policeman in Illinois.  When it was in his possession, he killed a man with it.  I assume the event was in the line of duty.  The other was a Walther PPK my uncle took from a German lieutenant in Kaiserslautern, Germany.  My Uncle Walter said that the German, considering his physical condition, didn’t need it any more.

In 1968, a few weeks before the Gun Control Act of 1968 took effect, my father bought a Remington 513T and a High Standard Supermatic Trophy for me.  I was fifteen.  There was an indoor range a few minutes from our home.  I joined the club and shot weekly.  I shot the rifle a bit but really took to Bullseye Pistol.  I still shoot informal Bullseye.

Over the years, I bought and sold a few firearms and did some hunting around Missouri.  Shooting was not a focus in my life.

My neighbor and friend, Mike B., was an active and successful NRA Highpower competitor.  In 1996, he introduced me to competitive rifle shooting (NRA and CMP).  In 1993, I had purchased a Colt AR-15 because I thought it was an interesting rifle.  When I became involved in Highpower, I sent the rifle to a gunsmith and had it configured for Service Rife competition.  In my first match (200 yard Reduced Course), late in the 1996 season, I took second place.  My first NRA Classification Card arrived in 1997, with an Expert Classification.  I was never a Marksman or Sharpshooter.  Within about eighteen months, I held Master Across-the-Course and Long Range Classifications.  

In 1997, I made my first trip to Camp Perry.  I competed at the National Matches, every summer, through the 2005 season.  In 2000, at Camp Perry, I made the President’s Hundred (#99) on Tuesday and legged out on the following day, receiving Distinguished Rifleman Badge #1447.  I again made the President’s Hundred in 2002 (#56).  In 2005, I became the Missouri State Service Rifle Champion.  Then I quit.

Highpower Rifle competition attracts a wide range of shooters and most are wonderful people.  Not all, though.  There was a certain faction that made no secret of their anti-Semitic and racist views.  I was unsuccessful in getting either the NRA or the state association to take any action.  Due to the complicated circumstances, I don’t blame either organization.  After two seasons of a hostile environment, I quit.  I was still the State Champion.  I said I’d never shoot competitive rifle again.

Over the next two seasons, my son and I shot IDPA and had a great time.  It wasn’t my passion, though.  Although I wasn’t competing any more, my gun collection continued to grow.  That’s rather easy when you are an FFL holder.   

I hunt often.  On September 1st, I hunt dove on opening day.  I like dove.  Later in the fall, I go deer hunting because I want to spend the weekend with my friends David D. and his father, Mike D.   Both, by the way, are Jewish.  I do not like venison.  During the winter, I spend many days hunting (controlled) pheasant, chukar and quail.  I don’t like any of them.  I do this to be with my dear friend Mitch P. and my God Daughter, Scout (Scout is a German Shorthair Pointer and is not Jewish) Scout is assisted by Gem and Gem’s daughter, Radley.  All are German Shorthair Pointers.  In November 2012, I hunted wild pheasant in South Dakota. As of this writing, they are still in the freezer.  Later in the season, I hunt duck with my friend Don S.  As far as I’m concerned, wild duck is inedible.   I have never shot anything in the wild that is remotely as good as a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store.

My hunting passion, though, is the prairie dog.  I lie in bed thinking of killing them.  2013 will be my ninth season helping the Lakota Sioux rid Rosebud Reservation of the vermin.  In 2011, I spent sixteen days hunting prairie dogs in South Dakota and Southwest Kansas.  In 2012, this was reduced to eight days.  This type of hunting is a true rifleman’s sport.  It’s all about accurate rifles, high quality telescopic sights, binoculars and lasers.  I’ve spent a small fortune on prairie dog hunting. 

Prairie dog hunting is very difficult.  The targets are small, about the size of a beer can.  You are shooting at unknown ranges and typically with variable winds.  It’s a challenge.
After being away from Highpower competition for five years, I returned to the sport at the end of the 2011 season.  In 2012, I returned to Camp Perry.  I didn’t shoot well but still made the cut in the National Trophy Individual Match.  I’m currently building a Match Rifle and will shoot it and Service Rifle in 2013.  Reservations have already been made for a condo at Camp Perry.
Starting in 1999, I became a columnist for Precision Shooting Magazine, writing articles about handloading, Highpower shooting equipment and a few military subjects.  Through my Highpower competition, I met many active-duty military members.  My acquaintance with the commander of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit resulted in the Army inviting me to visit Ft. Benning and writing an article about the USAMU.  In 2004, I received a contract from the U.S. Army to teach advanced marksmanship at Ft. Hood, during the early days of the Squad Designated Marksman program.  An article about that experience was published in 2005.

I’m an NRA Life Member and CCW holder.  I think my Reform Jewish family thinks I’m a bit crazy and, at family gatherings, they avoid these subjects.  You don’t choose your family but one does choose their friends.  Most of my friends are involved in shooting.

My daughter, Kiki, is also involved in competitive shooting.  After graduating high school, she received an athletic scholarship to University of Nebraska, shooting on the Women’s Rifle Team.  While a Junior (20 and under), Kiki held a Master Across-the Course and High-Master Long Range Classification.  She also received her Distinguished Rifleman badge while a Junior.  In 2004 she made the President’s Hundred.  She has been my shooting partner since 1997.  Alex, my son, is an active shooter and hunter.  Both Kiki and Alex share my passion for prairie dog hunting.

I’m glad to be back shooting Highpower Rifle.  I am enjoying my return to competitive shooting.  This winter, I’m building a Match Rifle since my 59 year old eyes are having problems with the post front sight of a Service Rifle.  I continue to collect interesting guns, make custom holsters for friends and hunt.  

In most endeavors, your success might be due to so many factors such as friends, contacts, good luck, etc.  Not so with competitive shooting.  If you succeed, it’s completely due to your own efforts.  You stand up on your back legs and shoot.

Mazal Tov to Jeffrey and the Chosid mishpacha!

Joshua Wander – Politician, Prepper, Soldier and Jewish Marksman

Today’s Jewish Marksman is Joshua Wander.  From his website:

Josh Wander ‘Survivor’ received his Bachelor’s degree in Talmudic law from a prestigious rabbinical college in Jerusalem. He then served as a commander in the IDF and officer in the United States Air Force aux. before graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a Master’s degree in Public and International Affairs and a global studies certificate in conflict resolution with a regional concentration in the Middle East. Politically in Israel, he served as an adviser in the Israeli parliament and as the online content editor and political corespondent for The Jerusalem Post. In the US, he was an elected PA State Constable, an appointed Committeeman and a commissioned Notary Public. Wander has been assigned and loyally served in global hot spots including: Iraq, Lebanon, Haiti, Northern Ireland and Israel. A certified NRA instructor and a Range Safety Officer, he founded Jewish Preppers, People without Borders and the D4DR Club. He has also been featured in the National Geographic series “Doomsday Preppers”. 

1.  Where did you grow up, and where do you live now?

I was born in Mckeesport, PA. Went to high school in Baltimore, MD and moved to Israel where I lived for most of my adult life. I returned to the US several years ago in order to work on my degrees. I finished my Masters and then started my PhD.

 2. What do you do for a living?

Security Consultant, Politician and Student.

 3. Who introduced you to firearms?  How old were you the first time you went shooting?

My first introduction was shooting bb guns in my back yard as a child. I eventually, “graduated” to larger caliber firearms as I grew older. When I moved to Israel, I served as a commander in the IDF. I was in combat in Lebanon for a year and a half. I eventually became an NRA certified instructor if pistol, rifle and shotgun. 

 4.  How did you get involved in shooting sports?

I am dabbed in shooting sports over the years from CMP to Trap and Ipsc. 

 5.  What shooting sports have you competed in?  Have you earned any awards or classifications?

I have not formally competed, nor have I won any awards. (unless you consider army citations) 

6.  What do Jewish family members and friends think about your shooting?

There are mixed reactions. I try to get everyone involved by inviting them to my training courses. 

 7.  What do you like most about the shooting sports?

I love educating Jews about the fun and necessity of being proficient in shooting.

 8.  Do you have any goals right now in the shooting sports?

My main goal is training Jews in self-defense. I believe strongly that we are fortunate in this country to have a second amendment and that we should take full advantage of it.

 9.  Is there anything else you would like to say to the readers?

Yes! I run a website called, “Jewish Preppers” (jewishpreppers.com) Our goal is to spread the word about emergency/disaster preparedness. It includes a lot of information about defensive shooting and second amendment rights.  

Preparedness is a Jewish tradition. We have unfortunately had to “bug out” repeatedly throughout our history. From the Exodus to Expulsion from Spain, we have had to defend ourselves and more often than not, not having the ability to defend ourselves we have been forced to survive. 

Survival is the key to Jewish continuity. Fortunate are we in this day and age to have most Jews living in the United States, where there is a Constitutional right to bear arms and in Israel where we have our own army for the first time in over 2000 years. 

But the art of survival is not lost, we continue to hewn this skill and prepare for whatever the future may bring.

"Nelson Smith" – Airline Pilot, 3-Gun Competitor and Jewish Marksman

Today’s Jewish Marksman profile is of “Nelson Smith,” which is not his real name but a pseudonym for security reasons.  Nelson is our first 3-Gun competitor profiled on the blog:

1. Where did you grow up, and where do you live now?

I was born in Chicago and I lived there until one month after my Bar Mitzvah. My family then moved to Phoenix due to my fathers employment situation. I have lived in and around the Phoenix area ever since.

2. What do you do for a living?

I am a commercial airline pilot.

3. Who introduced you to firearms?  How old were you the first time you went shooting?

I was introduced to firearms by my father and his work friend (another Jewish guy) who competed in a local “combat” pistol league. I was 13 years old and was hooked after the first shot. I saved up every dime I earned that summer and bought a Ruger .22 pistol that I still proudly own. This is the same pistol that I taught my now adult daughter to shoot with when she was 10 years old.

4.  How did you get involved in shooting sports?

The range that I live by offered an IDPA style match that caught my interest. They offered a one hour class covering the rules, techniques and scoring so I signed up. My first few match scores were horrible but I kept showing up for them. I practiced a lot and closely watched what other shooters were doing. After a few months I found that my shooting was improving and that my scores were as well. Some of the other guys that I shoot with suggested that we try shooting carbine matches and multigun matches. I shot my first carbine match (a charity match for the AzCDL) and did pretty respectable. From there, it went to multigun matches, pistol, rifle and/or shotgun. Most everybody runs M4 type rifles with or without an optic, semi auto pistols and either a semi auto or a pump shotguns. Three gun/multigun is absolutely the most fun a shooter can have!  Three gun matches are shot using a pistol, rifle and a shotgun. Depending on which class you shoot in, you have iron sights, non magnified (red dots) or magnified optics. Some stages involve using one of the three guns and other stages a combination of two or more guns. Targets are a combination of paper IPSC paper targets and steel targets. The stages involve moving from place to place, shooting from behind cover or while walking/running between cover. Shooting positions can be from sitting, standing or prone positions or any combination of. Distances are from a few feet out to several hundred yards. It truly is an ever challenging sport.    

5.  What shooting sports have you competed in?  Have you earned any awards or classifications?

In the past I have competed in IDPA style matches and subgun matches. I currently compete in pistol steel matches and multigun matches. I occasionally drag along my Rabbi friend (who I taught to shoot) to the pistol steel matches. I met the rabbi through a work friend who knew that I was an avid shooter. The rabbi’s friend was killed in the Mumbai attack and he wanted to learn how to defend himself. I taught both him and another rabbi how to shoot and we hit it off as friends. The rabbi got his CCW and I helped him find the right CCW pistol.

6.  What do Jewish family members and friends think about your shooting?

I go to an orthodox temple so most members are “right leaning” Republicans. They not only support the 2nd Amendment but they are also gun owners, collectors and enthusiasts. I have invited a few members to join me but I think they are a bit intimidated by match shooting. I do shoot weekly with a Jewish friend who also shoots matches with me. Over the last six months we have converted his brother from a gun hater to a pistol shooter and an avid sporting clays shooter.  My immediate family members are not active in the sport but will from time to time shoot with me.  

7. Any interesting stories about your daughter shooting?  Did she like it?  Does she still shoot?  Grandkids yet?

My daughter is a recreational shooter. She shoots the occasional pistol carbine or pistol steel matches. She also shoots sporting clays several times a month with me and my friends.  No grandkids or husband at this time. She needs to finish college and/or get a job first.

8.  What do you like most about the shooting sports?

Ninety percent of the people I compete with are half my age and many have real combat experience. I like to see where I stack up in the group and learn from what they have learned.

9.  Do you have any goals right now in the shooting sports?

I want to build on the good foundation that I have and to keep improving my overall score. I have worked with multiple coaches and will continue to seek out any expert advice I can find.

10.  Do you reload ammunition or work on your own guns?

I reload 9mm & 45ACP.  I also do most of my own gunsmithing. I have built all but one of the AR rifles that my daughter and I shoot. I also built the Saiga-12 that I use in Three Gun.

11.  Is there anything else you would like to say to the readers?

When I see fellow Jews badmouthing firearms and the 2nd Amendment it makes me sad and ashamed. Hitler disarmed all his countries people and then marched the Jews to their deaths. Can you imagine if those 6,000,000 fellow Jews had the ability to resist their captors? Firearms are not evil, the people who misuse them are. Please join the NRA, JPFO, GOA or any local pro gun organization if you are not a member already. Your kids’ kids will thank you!

Budd Gardstein – Jewish Gunsmith

A gunsmith is a person who repairs, modifies, designs, or builds firearms. Good gunsmiths have encyclopedic knowledge of firearms and their components, metallurgy, woodworking, machining, and history. Today we meet Budd Gardstein, a Jewish gunsmith and learn more about him and the work he does:

1. Where did you grow up, and where do you live now?

I grew up outside of White Plains N.Y. I now live in Laurel County Kentucky, in the southeastern part of the state bordering Tennessee and West Virginia. Here, kids walk the hills and streets with .22 rifles, 20 gauge shotguns, and fishing poles and nobody thinks anything of it. It’s a different world and I love it.

2. What do you do for a living?

As a gunsmith, I repair and restore guns, whatever my customers need: repairing broken stocks, hand-fitting custom scope mounts in the machine shop, and fine woodworking. I also do blacksmith work. Lastly, I am a certified Kentucky Firefighter– as a Gunsmith-Blacksmith I work to keep the guns firing hot all the time, but as a Firefighter I work to go to the source of the fire and fight it to put it out!

3. Who introduced you to firearms? How old were you the first time you went shooting?

As an adult, through military service. I served 4 years in the Air Force, including a year in Vietnam.

4. How did you get involved in gunsmithing?

It started by wanting to work on my own guns, and with a lot of effort I expanded out. I went to school in the days when they had shop classes. I took mechanical drawing, drafting, wood shop, metal shop, auto mechanics, and machine shop. Literally, anything I could get my hands on. I have always been working with my hands, and of course, I love good tools: Both hand and power. I learned well, adapted well, and I improvise as needed. To put it bluntly, I can fix almost anything.

5. Are you involved in any shooting clubs or sports? Have you earned any awards or classifications?

I do participate in Single Action Shooting Society (SASS “Cowboy Action Shooting”). But here in the Kentucky Hills people shoot as part of everyday life.

6. What do Jewish family members and friends think about your gunsmithing and gun ownership? How do customers and shooting buddies respond to your being Jewish?

I do not have much interaction with other Jews in the area. My customers have no clue about Judaism, I don’t think it crosses their minds one way or another.

7. What do you like most about your job?

I work on people’s guns that are their dreams. Some of the projects that come here have been in the family for generations, and have stories and emotions attached. Many are being given that special attention so that they can be handed down to grandchildren. We talk with everyone. We coined the phrase “Junk or Heirloom? You Decide, We Repair. I heard years ago “The Difficult We Do Immediately, The Impossible Takes a Little Longer”. One of my Blacksmith books talks of a man’s concept of “you have to be more stubborn than the iron”.

Many of the jobs that come here wind up more complicated than thought of at first. Often customers bring or send me guns that appear Dead On Arrival. They might be rusted solid, broken, missing vital parts. Some have not worked in a generation. Some would say that these are impossible jobs, some would not even talk with the potential customers. There is a lot of satisfaction in bringing a dead gun back to life. We are problem solvers. People’s treasures come in with all sorts of problems, and we talk with them. We try very hard to make the broken dream whole again and come true. The smile on the clients face shows me that we made the dream come true. That is very satisfying.

8. Have you ever done any gunsmithing work on a firearm with any sort of Jewish connection?

I don’t remember if I worked on Jewish guns, but I have worked on UZIs and clones.

9. Is there anything else you would like to say to the readers? Interesting stories, words of wisdom?

The biggest thing we should ask ourselves is what is our attitude towards defense of ourselves and others? Do we assume that people around us are safe, or should we be prepared for the enemy and other dangers at any time, as Torah tells us? And what about the safety of others, are we people who depend on others and just rely on 911 in an emergency, or should we be the answer? As a firefighter, we run in to fire when others run out…isn’t that part of what being Jewish is all about?

Check out Budd’s web site (http://www.buddsgunsmith.com/) which I’ve added to the links at the right. If you need a gunsmith, give him a call!

Leo Bletnitsky: President of the Las Vegas Jewish Shooting and Cigar Club

Today’s interview is with Leo Bletnitsky, founder of the Las Vegas Shooting and Cigar Club. His club is the second I know of, with a very similar Jewish shooting club in Detroit. Below you can learn about Leo and his new club. We wish him good luck!

1. Where did you grow up, and where do you live now?

I grew up in San Francisco, college in San Diego and now live in Las Vegas.

2. What do you do for a living?

I’m an IT consultant for medical offices and small/medium companies. I am also a part-time Deputy Constable.

3. Who introduced you to firearms? How old were you the first time you went shooting?

My father and a friend of the family when I was 14.

4. Are you involved in any shooting sports? What shooting sports have you competed in? Have you earned any awards or classifications?

I have not competed other than with friends. Mostly with hand guns.

5. What do Jewish family members and friends think about your shooting?

Most are either curious or positive. A few have an issue, but they are not close friends so it does not matter.

6. What do you like most about shooting and the shooting sports?

It’s both challenging and useful at the same time.

7. Do you have any goals right now in shooting?

Just to continue improving marksmanship, both accuracy and speed.

8. What prompted you to start the Las Vegas Jewish Shooting and Cigar Club? How did you come up with the idea?

I am the president of the Las Vegas RJC Chapter and wanted to do something that would appeal to the whole community, and to enhance the ability of Jews to defend themselves and maybe that empowerment would counteract the strong liberal leanings in the community. I spoke to a friend who was a member in Detroit of a similar club and we decided to move forward. I spoke to some community leaders and all except one where supportive.

9. What are the goals of the club?

  1. Create greater comfort for Jews with Guns and gun ownership.
  2. Create a social outlet for enthusiasts.
  3. Create new gun enthusiasts.
  4. Increase gun safety for people in the community.
  5. Child Safety programs.
  6. Move people on the left a bit toward the center by turning something they fear into something they enjoy and respect.

10. Has there been a meeting yet? How did it go?

We had our 1st meeting on May 16th at an Orthodox Shule. We had about 50 people attend and all are eager to move forward. Many others apologized for missing it due to scheduling conflicts.

11. Have you “converted” any Jews into gun owners or shooters? Any interesting stories to tell about with that?

Not yet, but I’m actively working on it.

12. Is there anything else you would like to say to the readers?

Firearms are the great equalizer. They give a small woman the ability to resist a large attacker and just imagine what the Warsaw Ghetto would have been like if all the Jewish families had been armed either in the Ghetto, or before they were relocated. The world is often a dangerous place for Jews especially, and it is each person’s job to defend themselves and their family!In addition to the above, shooting is a lot of fun!

13. If someone is interested in your club, how can they learn more about it?

They can go to http://www.LVJCSC.com or Like us on Facebook
We are still working on improving the web site, as time permits.

Robert Farago – (Best) Gun Blogger

Some time ago I discovered thetruthaboutguns.com blog, and it has quickly become my favorite destination for intelligent and honest discussion on most things gun-related. The Truth About Guns (TTAG) has a broad view of firearms, which I find refreshing. TTAG’s blog posts are presented as point of view, as opposed to point of fact. So unlike most other gun blogs, TTAG does not suffer from annoying self-righteousness and self-certainty that makes other gun blogs unreadable.

After noticing a few passing references to Judaism, I began to wonder if TTAG’s main editor was Jewish. As it turns out, Robert Farago, TTAG’s Managing Editor and Publisher is indeed a member of the tribe. He graciously agreed to participate in a Q & A exchange about himself and his blog:

1. Where did you grow up, and where do you live now?

I grew up in Providence, RI. I live in Providence, RI. In between the two, I’ve lived in Boston, Atlanta and various parts of southern England.

2. What motivated you to start your blog, thetruthaboutguns.com? What motivates you to keep doing it? Are there any particular goals for the blog?

I started TTAG to combine my passion for writing and shooting (though not both at the same time). I did so after I sold my website www.thetruthaboutcars.com to a corporate conglomerate that had no more interest in nurturing artistic talent than raising ferrets (despite their ferret-like behavior). I’m motivated by OCD, low self-esteem, an inflated ego, a wicked sense of humor, a hatred for lousy editors and a love of the the truth. My goal for the blog is to A) make money for myself and my writers and B) reach 1m unique viewers per month to achieve A.

3. Who introduced you to firearms? How old were you the first time you went shooting?

I introduced myself to firearms. Hello firearms. Nice to meet you. I put the bullets where? Seriously, I just decided to take it up at the ripe old age of 50. OK, 51. I’d shot some as a kid. Plinking with a friend who had a gun. Hunted ducks with my Dad. Once. But it never really “took” until I started the website and got into the tactical and political aspects.

4. Are you involved in shooting sports? What shooting sports have you competed in? Have you earned any awards or classifications?

I’ve got no time for formal competition; I’m something of a Mr. Mom as well as a blogger. I take as much training as possible and shoot at least three times a week. Mostly defensive handgun (MOVE!) but also shotgun and rifle.

5. What do Jewish family members and friends think about your affinity for guns and your blog?

My Mom is a typical jewish liberal. But she’s old enough now where she doesn’t really care as long as I don’t put on too much weight (go figure). My U.S.-based kids go to a Quaker school that preaches non-violence. Naturally, we have a semi-secret militia. Lots of parents shoot. As for my friends, they’re all gun nuts too. Either that or they’re not my friends, as I tend to be both reclusive and monomaniacal.

6. Have you “converted” any Jews to gun ownership? Any interesting stories about that?

I’ve certainly renewed some of my Jewish friends’ acquaintance with firearms. They hadn’t shot in years before I got them back to the range. There was one gentlemen who said he’d never fire a gun at another human being. After two targets, I put up a human silhouette. He drilled center mass and we talked about the difficulty of doing it in the heat of the moment. He now keeps a Kimber by his bed.

7. Is there anything else you would like to say to the readers?

I am the son of a Holocaust survivor. I am deeply shamed by the gun control perpetuated by Jewish politicians. They are our own worst enemies. God directs that we should defend our lives. To remove the single most effective instrument of that defense from ourselves and our people is to affront God with our ignorance and stupidity. This is the single most important issue we will ever face. Do not vote for any Jewish politician who favors gun control.

Go check out Robert and the other authors over at thetruthaboutguns.com. I have also added him to my list of prominent Jews who support the Second Amendment.

Marty Goodman – Jewish Marksman

This article is hopefully the first of many where I let Jewish marksmen tell us about themselves in their own words, prompted along by a few questions I sent over. Marty Goodman contacted me after seeing this blog, and graciously agreed to be the guinea pig. Hopefully some of you that have been on the sidelines will volunteer as well! So without further ado, let’s meet Marty!
1. Where did you grow up, and where do you live now?

I was born in Brooklyn, NY Moved to Long Island (Massapequa Park) in 1966, Retired in 2005 and moved to Cookeville, TN.

2. What do you do for a living?

I was a Graphic Artist, Illustrator and Photo Retoucher, I owned my own company “Retouching Graphics, Inc.”

3. Who introduced you to firearms? How old were you the first time you went shooting?

I started shooting informally in 1958 at 18 years old, my first rifle was a Enfield Jungle Carbine.
In 1968 I went to the Nassau County range and met a smallbore shooter that had been on the St. John’s Rifle Team in college. We stated talking, he invited me to his club meeting, and the rest is history.

4. How did you get involved in shooting sports?

I was a line coach for rifle in the Army, training basic training troops, plus See #3

5. What shooting sports have you competed in? Have you earned any awards or classifications?

I started with smallbore 3 position, air rifle and prone. Made only expert in all 3. I competed in the Maccabiah Games in 1989, (13th)and earned 3 medals. I also shot high power rifle and made master, almost hi-master. I have won numerous awards, too many to count. I have competed at Camp Perry over 30 times, I am going this year also. My highest award and best performance was in the 1000 yard match at Camp Perry, I finished 14th overall out of over 700 entries. I beat many many top shooters. My best achievement is as a coach, I ran and coached the Roslyn Junior Rifle Club over a 30 year period, my goal was to prepare juniors to compete in college. Dozens of my kids competed on top college teams with many getting a scholarship in rifle. All three of my children went to college on a shooting scholarship. My oldest son and daughter went to Tennessee Tech and my middle son went to Jacksonville State University. My oldest son Manny was on the US Rifle Team. Because of a lung problem I can no longer shoot rifle, so I compete in bullseye pistol, tactical matches and SASS cowboy matches. I have numerous NRA, CMP and SASS ratings as instructor, coach and range officer. Shooting has been a major part of my life for 50 years now.

6. What do Jewish family members and friends think about your shooting?

I am very lucky, the largest portion of my family were not liberals, and got a lot of support from them.

7. What do you like most about the shooting sports?

Everything, it builds the best people who lead exceptional lives.

8. Do you have any goals right now in the shooting sports?

My only goal is to keep shooting as long as I can. At my age (over 70 now) goals are hard to achieve. I am in reasonably good physical shape, but age catches up to you. I still work out 3 days a week at the gym. Winning is no longer a need for me, just competing is enough. I also enjoy coaching, teaching and training shooters as much as I can.

9. Is there anything else you would like to say to the readers?

I could never understand why so many Jewish people are such liberals, our enemies know that a majority of Jewish people are against gun ownership. If the Jews in Europe all owned guns, there would be a lot more of us. Long live Israel….