Category Archives: Jews Supporting the Second Amendment

Jeff Spiegelman – Delaware State Representative and Jewish Marksman

I learned about Delaware’s 11th District Representative Jeff Spiegelman from a JPFO newsletter, wherein he wrote:

As a Jewish man who lives in a rural area, I am often at odds with my urban and suburban Jewish friends and family who often see their world as representative of the country as a whole. They often believe that the gun restrictions that have been placed on some of America’s biggest (and, ironically, most dangerous) cities must be applied universally. These places have police and fire protection that is, in comparison, nearly instantaneous. These friends and family often say that I am pro-gun because I simply cannot understand their “plight” when it comes to firearms in the inner-cities. I think it is the opposite. I think they cannot see the need for my rights in my rural home.

According to his web site, Jeff is a NRA life member.  Yet more proof that Jews are indeed at the forefront of the gun rights movement.  If you live in Delaware, please consider supporting him!

David Mamet – Hollywood Director, Writer and Second Amendment Supporter

You may not immediately recognize the name of Jewish Hollywood big-wig David Mamet, but you’ve probably seen his work, as cataloged by Wikipedia:

Best known as a playwright, Mamet won a Pulitzer Prize and received Tony nominations for Glengarry Glen Ross (1984) and Speed-the-Plow (1988). As a screenwriter, he received Oscar nominations for The Verdict (1982) and Wag the Dog (1997). Mamet’s books include: The Old Religion (1997), a novel about the lynching of Leo Frank; Five Cities of Refuge: Weekly Reflections on Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy (2004), a Torah commentary with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner; The Wicked Son (2006), a study of Jewish self-hatred and antisemitism; and Bambi vs. Godzilla, a commentary on the movie business; and The Secret Knowledge: On the Dismantling of American Culture (2011), a commentary on cultural and political issues.
Mamet’s feature films, which he both wrote and directed, include Redbelt (2008), The Spanish Prisoner (1997), House of Games (1987) (which won Best Film and Best Screenplay awards at the 1987 Venice Film Festival and “Film of the Year” for the 1989 London Critics Circle Film Awards), Spartan (2004), Heist (2001), State and Main (2000) (Winner of a Best Acting – Ensemble award from the National Board of Review), The Winslow Boy (1999), Oleanna (1994), Homicide (1991) (nominated for the Palme d’Or at 1991 Cannes Film Festival and won a “Screenwriter of the Year” award for Mamet from the London Critics Circle Film Awards and Best Cinematography for Roger Deakins from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards), Things Change (1988) (which won the Volpi Cup for Best Actor at 1988 Venice Film Festival for Don Ameche and Joe Mantegna), and most recently an untitled TV movie in 2012 about Phil Spector starring Al Pacino as Spector, as well as Helen Mirren and Jeffrey Tambor.
Mamet has also written the screenplays for such classic films as The Verdict (1982), directed by Sidney Lumet, The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981), The Untouchables (1987) directed by Brian De Palma, Hoffa (1992), Ronin (1998), Wag The Dog (1997), The Edge (1997), and Hannibal (2001).
Mamet is also the creator, executive producer, and frequent writer for the TV show, The Unit.

David recently wrote an opinion piece for Newsweek, exhibiting his strong opinions in favor of private firearms ownership.  He makes many great points in the article, but this line sums it up:

The individual is not only best qualified to provide his own personal defense, he is the only one qualified to do so: and his right to do so is guaranteed by the Constitution.

Mazal Tov.  It is good to know we have more Jewish friends in Hollywood!

Ben Shapiro – Jewish Second Amendment Advocate

I apologize to those readers who primarily visit this blog to learn about Jewish athletes involved in the shooting sports.  I assure you that such was the original intention of this blog, and that I fully intend to return its focus to those profiles, as well as my own shooting sports exploits.  But…

Unfortunately, we are at a critical moment in the history of the United States which demands the attention of all Jews who know world history.  Although I am somewhat well versed in instances of armed Jewish resistance to tyrannic government, there are other places on the internet where you can study that issue (google “Warsaw Ghetto Uprising” for a start).  I firmly believe that Americans must have some degree of parity of arms with government forces.  The AR-15 and other so-called “assault rifles” (which I’ve blogged about) are required to maintain that parity.  If you have any doubts, you need only study the history of Afghanistan and present events in Syria to realize that the “people” do not necessarily need tanks or fighter planes, but they do need rifles.  A group of motivated riflemen can, at least by today’s standards of military technology, overcome a superior armed force.  There is absolutely no historical precedent for Jews to not eventually become the targets of first discrimination, and ultimately physical abuse and murder.

So in that vein, Jewish political commentator, radio talk show host, and attorney Ben Shapiro recently confronted one of the most vile human beings on American soil, Piers Morgan, and did rather well:

Robert J. Avrech – Emmy Winner and Proud Jewish Marksman

Robert Avrech is a screenwriter (Body Double, A Stranger Among Us, The Devil’s Arithmetic) and describes himself on his blog, seraphicpress.com as follows:

I’m an Emmy Award winning screenwriter. I’m also an observant Jew, a religious Zionist, a conservative Republican, and a member of the NRA. I’ve been writing and producing in Hollywood for over twenty-five years. But the focus of my life is my family: my radiant wife, Karen—with whom I have been in love with since I was nine years-old—and my two daughters, who, thankfully, look like Karen. Not too long ago, we had three children. But our son, Ariel, died at the age of twenty-two from cancer. We miss him terribly. We think about him practically every minute of every day. People tell us that time heals, but Karen and I know this is not true. Time grinds away doing its terrible work. Ariel is gone. Yet absence becomes presence.

He blogs on a variety of topics, most of them unrelated to guns in any way.  But a few excellent postings that every Jew and gun owner should read:

Jew without a Gun http://www.seraphicpress.com/jew-without-a-gun/
Girls with Guns http://www.seraphicpress.com/girls-with-guns/
Philistine Gun Control and Jews http://www.seraphicpress.com/gun-control-the-philistines-and-the-jews/

Definitely a blog worth following!  The first essay “Jew without a Gun” above is an excellent story that explains, in part, what brought him into the fold of gun ownership.

Jewish Legal Minds and American Gun Rights: Gura, Sigale, Gottlieb, and Posner

It has not escaped notice of many gun owners that Jewish politicians like Dianne Feinstein (D-California) are contributing to the efforts of late to destroy Americans’ gun rights.  However, many are unaware how prominent Jewish attorneys have been in protecting those rights.  Here are a few examples:

Alan Gura is a sort of superstar in the fight for 2nd Amendment rights.  First he won the 2008 case  United States Supreme Court in District of Columbia v. Heller, which finally settled the notion that the 2A provides a right to firearms ownership independent of membership in any organized “militia.”  Then in 2010 he won  McDonald v. Chicago, which held the 2A and Heller applied to the states.  His most recent 2012 win is Moore v. Madigan, where a federal district court held that Illinois’ ban on concealed carry (the only state to ban all concealed carry) is unconstitutional.

In a 2008 article about Gura:

Gura, in contrast, said statistics indicate that gun ownership tends to reduce crime and increase public safety. Moreover, self-protection is a fundamental right, he added, because citizens cannot always depend on the government to protect them from criminals or tyrannical rulers. He said Jews, in particular, should take note.

“We should examine our history and see that our reliance on governmental officials to preserve our liberties has not always worked out so well,” explained Gura, who considers himself a libertarian. “There is still anti-Semitism. The sad fact is that many Jews have the option of being armed or dead and not that many prefer to be armed.”

Asked why Jews seem disproportionately opposed to gun ownership, Gura said, “It’s puzzling. Many Jews seem to prefer heavy government intervention, and it’s not a good thing.” Jews, he said, often have the mistaken belief “that the government is a beneficent force to always do good and help people out.”

An Israeli native now living in Alexandria, where he attends the Conservative Agudas Achim Congregation, Gura, 37, came to the United States with his family when he was 7. They settled in Los Angeles. He received his undergraduate degree in government from Cornell University and his law degree from Georgetown University. Gura, whose law practice, Gura and Possessky, has offices Alexandria and D.C., focuses mainly on civil rights and intellectual property matters.

Gura, who with his wife has a 1-year-old son, first became a gun owner in the early 1990s because, he said, he wanted to be able to defend himself against crime. Among the contributing factors in his decision to buy a weapon were the 1992 riots in Los Angeles, which Gura said he watched on TV “with a great deal of concern” while he was in college at Cornell. He said he has never used the gun in self-defense.

Gura was hired to handle the case in 2003 by social acquaintance Robert Levy, a nonpracticing attorney and libertarian scholar. Levy and another lawyer recruited the plaintiffs, six D.C. residents who wanted to own handguns. 

Another attorney, David G. Sigale assisted Gura on the McDonald and Madigan cases, and appears to be involved in a Chicago-land synagogue.

The Jewish judge writing the majority opinion in the Madigan case was none other than Richard Posner.  Posner’s opinion is very good for gun rights, because he wrote that “…a ban as broad as Illinois’s can’t be upheld merely on the ground that it’s not irrational…”so substantial a curtailment of the right of armed self-defense requires a greater showing of justification than merely that the public might benefit on balance from such a curtailment, though there is no proof it would.”  That language is critical because the Supreme Court’s Heller opinion did not explicitly tell courts what test to apply when determining whether certain laws restricting gun rights are constitutional or not.  Lower courts are still feeling out the parameters, and Posner’s opinion is a step in the right direction towards strict, or at least intermediate scrutiny.

Finally, Alan Gottlieb is not an attorney (according to Wikipedia) but is  is the Chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, Founder of the Second Amendment Foundation.  The SAF, as I understand it, funds Gura’s and other gun-rights lawsuits, but also promotes knowledge of the 2A and its history.

Jews and the Second Amendment

Here is the beginnings of a list of locally or nationally prominent US Jews who support the Second Amendment:
Please feel free to suggest additions to the list, I am sure there are many more! I will keep it updated and re-post from time to time.