Rabbi David Bendory is unique in the Jewish-American community; he is the leader of a group of conservative Jews who are defending everyone’s (but particularly Jews) right to own and carry a firearm.
Rabbi Bendory is the rabbinic director of Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership (JPFO), a non-profit organization which has 5700 members and is focused on one goal – ending gun control.
“The purpose of our organization is plain and simple: to destroy gun control. Gun control is poison, that simple,” executive director Charles Heiler told the Blaze.
Bendory’s job with JPFO is to make sure that the organization stays focused on their core Jewish principles, particularly in the idea that everyone has an innate right to defend themselves.
“God has given you the precious gift of life, and just like any precious gift, you have the responsibility to care for that and treat it with the proper respect. The Talmud has a teaching that if someone is coming to killing you, strike him down first. That effectively means that while initiating violence is not ever an appropriate thing to do, violence when used in defense of self is not only righteous, but a required responsibility.
Bendory also argues that a basic understanding of history should lead all Jews to learn how to use a firearm and that more of them should own a firearm.
“I think that given Jewish history, I think every Jew should know how to use a firearm. It’s just a reality. I’m not saying every Jew should be a gun owner or a Second Amendment advocate, but Jews should know how to shoot a gun…that’s a skill that every Jew should have.”
While Bendory grew up in a typical liberal American Jewish household, recent world events, particularly the rise of Islamic terrorism, has helped change his mind on publicly advocating for gun freedom. In the aftermath of the 2008 Muslim terrorist attack in Mumbai, where Muslim terrorists killed more than 150 people over the course of three days and specifically searched for Jews to murder, Bendory realized that the American Jewish community was ignoring the realities of the world we live in and he decided to do something about.
We as Jews believe in the messianic age, we don’t want to live in a world where guns are necessary, so, quite foolishly, there are many Jews who close their eyes to the necessity,” now Bendory is pushing to change American Jewish perception on guns.
We need more Jewish leaders, like Rabbi Bendory, who are willing to stand up and preach the truth about history, gun control and our right as people to defend ourselves. Gun control is dangerous and we need to be relentless in our efforts to assert our rights and defend the disturbed agenda of the anti-freedom left.