Nir Barkat encourages residents to protect themselves
The Mayor of Jerusalem has called on citizens to carry firearms after a wave of stabbings in Israel, a far cry from President Obama’s efforts to push for gun control in the aftermath of last week’s shooting in Oregon.
Israel has seen at least four attacks over the last week, with the latest victims being a 14-year-old and a police officer. This followed the revenge stabbing of four Arabs by an Israeli in the southern city of Dimona.
Meanwhile, a Palestinian woman in the city of Afula was shot when she attempted to stab a security guard at a bus station. A Palestinian man also attacked a police officer and tried to wrestle away his gun near the entrance to the Kiryat Arba settlement in the West Bank.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat responded to the escalating wave of violence by encouraging responsible people to carry firearms for personal protection.
“I have a licensed gun. Every time there is tension, I instruct people who are allowed to carry weapons and are experienced in using them to carry their guns with them,” said the Mayor. “If you check, you’ll see that in many cases, those who neutralized terrorists were citizens who aren’t necessarily police officers, like former soldiers.”
The idea of encouraging law-abiding citizens to arm themselves rather than relinquishing their weapons may seem odd to some Americans in the aftermath of President Obama promising to “politicize” last week’s shooting in Oregon as he prepares to advance new gun control legislation via executive order.
Obama is set to visit Roseburg, Oregon today, although his presence is being protested by Second Amendment advocates who have accused the President of exploiting the tragedy for political points scoring.
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