The United States is the only country where owning a gun is considered a God-given right. For some, perhaps, it is merely held to be a constitutional right (in this, it stands with only three other countries: Guatemala, Haiti and Mexico.) But whatever level of divinity is bestowed upon it, the gun is American culture’s Golden Calf. Continue reading
The latest breaking news story, as I write this, has at least a dozen children gunned down at a Connecticut elementary school, the latest example of the appalling trend in the United States of the abuse of guns. It should come as no surprise to anyone, and I, as someone who routinely writes about the devastating effects the so-called “pro-Israel” lobby has on peace, US policy and the future for both Israelis and Palestinians (the Lobby is anything but pro-Israel as its actions have demonstrably worked against the
interests of the Israeli people and Jews the world over), appreciate only too well how the National Rifle Association (NRA) has warped the debate over guns in this country.
So here are a few points, and forgive any typos as weeping over dead children while I try to write is always difficult, no matter how practiced I have had to become at it. Continue reading