MembersIsrael, Guns and the Hypocrisy of American Politicians

I don’t want to make this about partisan American politics.

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After so many years in Israel, I’ve abandoned religious dedication to one party platform or the other, though my political leanings still put me firmly in the conservative camp. But recently, we in Israel observed an episode of blatant hypocrisy that needs to be called out. And it happened right down the Republican-Democratic fault line.

The heinous school shooting that occurred in Parkland, Florida led to predictable impassioned calls by Democrats to finally impose restrictive gun laws in America. My intention isn’t to argue one or the other side of that particular debate. I will note that such incidents also typically result in Republicans pointing out how many guns are on the street in Israel, and our near total lack of school shootings. Of course, it’s not a simple apples-to-apples comparison. Israel does have restrictive gun control. Those wishing to purchase a gun must demonstrate a need for such a weapon, are limited in the amount of ammo they can obtain each year, and do not have the option of buying some of the deadlier weapons on display at...

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