Jews Can Shoot

jcsIn the wake of the current Gaza conflict, the supporters of the “Palestinians” – by which I mean the supporters of Hamas around the world – have felt emboldened to express openly their violent Jew-hatred. Throughout Europe, Canada, and even the United States, protests have turned quickly into riots and assaults on Jews, synagogues, and Israel’s supporters.

Even before the Gaza conflict, violent anti-Semitism was proving itself to be on the rise, as this random selection of incidents here and abroad demonstrates: Near Kansas City this April, a white supremacist killed three people in attacks at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex. At the end of May, four people were murdered by a shooter in the Jewish Museum in Brussels. A few hours after that in Paris, two young religious Jews were severely beaten by unknown assailants outside a synagogue. Only days later, a report announced that Arab attacks on Jews in Jerusalem’s Old City were on the rise. Less than two weeks later, a pack of North African youths attacked two young Jews with tear gas in a Paris suburb. The next weekend saw a series of Muslim attacks on Jews in Paris.

Doris Wise Montrose*, founder and president of the Los Angeles-based Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors (CJHS) is doing something to reverse the tide of Jewish victimization. Recently Ms. Montrose, whose organization seeks to empower people to resist today’s threats “to the West and to the Western traditions of liberal tolerance and individualism,” organized a firearms instruction class in May largely for beginners. The event inspired such interest that Montrose decided to take things a step further and establish, which focuses on preparing participants to defend themselves. I recently posed a few questions to Ms. Montrose about this new aspect of her organization’s mission.

Mark Tapson: What prompted you to take CJHS to the next level, to go from speakers and newsletters to firearm training and

Doris Montrose: I realized two things: One, educating people is important but there is no way we will be able to convince everybody of the threats that face our way of life and our civilization. Two, if we are not trained and in possession of weapons, merely understanding the threats does not enable us to resist the threats., besides providing weapons safety and training classes, will also provide information and action on ensuring that the Second Amendment stays in place, and how to resist attempts to chip away at the Second Amendment and eliminate it from our Bill of Rights. Everywhere genocide has prevailed, it was superseded by requiring the registration of guns followed by the confiscation of guns.

Education – speakers, newsletter, articles, books, films – is extremely important and must continue by all the organizations that are doing this, including CJHS. But when people leave a lecture, finish an article or book, and so on, there is more of an empowerment to what they have learned if they also possess the ability to defend themselves by being well-trained in the use of firearms.

Whether it is an attack on our way of life by the government or being attacked by a criminal in the street or attempting to break into our homes, the attacker is far less likely to succeed if he knows that there will be resistance from an armed citizen.

MT: What has been the reaction so far to your shooting event, from the actual participants to people who have reached out to you after hearing about it?

DM: I could not believe the reaction to the invitation! The response was overwhelmingly positive, greater than the response to anything else we have done. Not just from people wanting to take the class but from people applauding and praising me for arranging it, for embracing the very idea of Jews defending themselves with weapons. People actually seemed surprised that a Jewish organization was doing this. They wanted to know if such classes were available where they live. I also received emails from Jewish certified instructors with their contact info should anyone be interested (at some point, I do plan to offer a directory of certified firearms instructors). It was clear I had struck a nerve.

There are so many organizations providing access to information. Mine is one of them, and I will continue to educate people about the threats we are facing. But we cannot afford to fool ourselves – just as history has shown how easily and how much we want to be fooled – into believing that knowledge alone is enough. Education alone will not save us from an enemy coming at us in such full force. We must be prepared to defend ourselves as well. If enough people are armed and are trained, and if we make sure the Second Amendment is in full force, there is hope.

MT: The CJHS website states that your organization believes “that Jews have a right, codified by the League of Nations and the United Nations, to flourish in peace and strength in a Jewish State located in their ancestral homeland of Israel.” What is CJHS’ position on a solution for peace in the Middle East?

DM: I believe that the decades of Israel being forced to participate in a “peace process” or the goal of a “two-state solution” that would result in “peace” puts Israel – and by extension the Jewish people – in the same position as prior to the Holocaust. Therefore, CJHS is opposed to even the discussion of a “peace process” or “two-state solution.” The only two-state solution we support is Jordan and Israel and not one which carves yet another Muslim nation out of the state of Israel.

The word “peace” has one meaning to the Western world, which includes Israel, and a completely different meaning to the Arabs considered by the international community to be Israel’s “peace partners” – and that meaning is the complete obliteration of the Jewish state, which would put Jews back to being a people without a country and a military. This impossible and absurd objective has brought nothing but terrible suffering and tragedy to this very day.

MT: The CJHS banner reads “New Holocaust Resistance.” Do you really believe that the threat of another Holocaust exists?

DM: It’s already happening. While it may not look the same as the Holocaust in Europe with ghettos and concentration camps, Jews – and Christians – are targeted by Muslims because of who they are. It is a slower genocide – but genocide nonetheless. And the Muslims have stated their goals directly. As they move forward and spread out and find little or no resistance, they will quicken their pace.

People may say the overused phrase “Never Again” with conviction but it has no meaning unless we really take action to prevent another Holocaust. And since Israel – and the Jews – are the canary in the coal mine, Israel’s survival should be everyone’s goal – because the next Holocaust will not be limited to Jews.

* Full disclosure: the David Horowitz Freedom Center has co-sponsored many of CJHS’ events, and Doris Montrose is a close friend of mine.

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  • The March Hare

    “And since Israel – and the Jews – are the canary in the coal mine, Israel’s survival should be everyone’s goal – because the next Holocaust will not be limited to Jews.”
    And then they came for me. I just don’t understand why this hasn’t been obvious to everyone all along.

    • victoryman

      Apathy. Our country is suffering from a virus known as apathy.

      • johnnywood

        Apathy driven by ignorance.

    • uleaveuswithnoalternative

      Jews already have a wonderful gun rights organization named, “Jews for the Preservation of Firearm Ownership.

      Jews for the Preservation of Firearm Ownership is a great organization and membership is open to non Jews.
      I’ve gotten a lot of useful information on US gun rights there.

      • Doris Wise Montrose

        Jews Can Shoot is not competition to JPFO. The difference is that Jews Can Shoot provides firearms training starting with introductory classes offered every few weeks. And one doesn’t have to be Jewish.

    • truebearing


      • Shmalkandik

        No,de firearms – Uzi, Galil, Tavor, Negev….

    • Jakob

      Consider this my friends (said in due respect)…..Israel is one of the only free democracy left that the “New World Order” hasn’t put it’s dirty hands on…….

  • victoryman

    Check out Jews For The Preservation of Firearms Ownership. (J.F.P.O.)

    • Lightbringer

      Great organization. Needs more members. If you’re interested, please consider joining. It’s not limited to Jews; everyone with a desire to preserve the Second Amendment is welcome.

      • victoryman

        Yes. JPFO does a great job. I get their newsletter and recommend it highly to, as you state, all interested in preserving the Second Amendment. If the Second Amendment goes, the First Amendment – and others – will quickly follow.

  • tagalog

    Thank you, Ms. Montrose! A salutary and bracing piece of news. No more victims!

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  • Wolfthatknowsall

    They also need to be able to bring their weapons to synagogue. My pastor has been under threat for some time, now, because he has taken a pro-Israel stand from the pulpit. Because of this threat, I am one of four men authorized by the church to bring our weapons to church.

    Harm our pastor? Over my dead body …

    • Gee

      Traditionally in Israel we have a room to place our weapons when we must carry them

    • victoryman

      Bravo, sir.

    • truebearing

      John 15:13

      I know you mean it and won’t fail.

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  • Lanna

    Any peoples that cannot defend themselves is a nation that will not survive the rulers!

    • victoryman

      Exactly. A disarmed population is a controllable population .

  • sdva

    Terrific article-I’m truly heartened to read about some of my fellow Jews here in the U.S. learning how to defend themselves. Ms. Montrose makes valid points about the 2nd Amendment. Another thing we Jews can do is stop being liberals/Democrats!

    • Habbgun

      Since Ted Cruz has been the most outspoken Senator for Israel I think Jews in Democratic strongholds like New York, California and Florida should have him pick a candidate he feels will support his stand and the Jews should vote accordingly. Let Ted also pick Democratic candidates if he thinks they can win and will be worthwhile in Congress. The best way to get rid of our bad Jews in Congress is to get rid of the bad Jews in Congress.

  • Metatrona

    You’re a winner, Ms. Montrose. Bless you.

  • cacslewisfan

    Love it! Don’t relive history. Read Federalist 46!

  • Habbgun

    I just signed up at the website. It is too bad that NY gun laws prevent people from having the basic knowledge of how to defend themselves but so it goes.

    I should have learned to shoot when I lived in AZ. Oh well.

    • Webb

      Some of the modern crossbows are very accurate out to at least 100 yds., plus they’re silent. Of course they’re not small and handy like a pistol, but they’re deadly. Another thing not to overlook is the Gerber fighting folder — the longer one. A beginning epee class would teach you all you need to know about defending yourself with a longer knife. Of course I don’t recommend knife fighting, but if you’re in a situation where you need it, you really need to have the confidence that you know the principles of defending yourself with it. A shotgun with an 18″ barrel is nice, because then you don’t have to be a great shot. You can get them with folding stocks, too, so you can drop it into your suitcase, and you don’t have to extend the stock to use it if you don’t have time for that.

      • Habbgun

        Badassery was never going to be my forte. On the other hand I don’t enjoy being bleeped over by savages. I’ll take the shotgun and a firearm to be named later.

        • Drakken

          Just get yourself a nice compact Glock or a Walther PPK and for God’s sake don’t register the bloody thing.

          • IslamDownpressesHumanity

            I seem to remember the New Orleans “Police” using gun registry rolls to confiscate the guns held by private citizens during Hurricane Katrina.

    • Drakken

      NY says one thing, protect yourself and yours by whatever means, just don’t forget to police your brass. There are a lot of guys I know from NY that scoff at NY law and carry anyways.


    Jews should join the NRA.

    At least the Jews who want to live.

    • Lightbringer

      You wouldn’t believe how many of us have, as well as JFPO (above) and other 2A groups.

  • rsilverm

    This is great.

  • knowshistory

    it is good to know that some jews are not democratic party sycophants who constantly strive to destroy the second amendment. or are they? the article doesn’t actually say that those second amendment supporting jews have given up their traditional complicity with the anti-American party.

  • Jakob

    You are idiot if you think we don’t carry in our synagogue…….and it isn’t anything under a Hi-cap 40 SW……I know of 3 ladies that carry a 357 revolver in their purse…..Shalom Y’all

    • IslamDownpressesHumanity

      Sometimes it is time to gather stones together.

  • johnnywood

    I would say it is about time. Keep your powder dry guys.

  • IslamDownpressesHumanity

    In the 21st century passive resistance to islamic-fascism is a path to nowhere.

  • El Cid

    What the current state in the Middle East shows is that the world does not care about Arab children. Look at Iraq and Syria. But, they can’t stand JEWS with GUNS! That appears to be unacceptable.