On Guns and Democrats: Schumer, How Would You Like It If Someone Tried to Reap Your Whirlwind? - The American Spectator | USA News and Politics
On Guns and Democrats: Schumer, How Would You Like It If Someone Tried to Reap Your Whirlwind?
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Sen. Chuck Schumer threatens Supreme Court Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch (YouTube/CNN)

Biden and Pelosi, you wanna blame guns and gun manufacturers for school shootings?

It has been a longtime meme of the conservative Second Amendment pro-gun lobby that guns do not kill people; rather, people kill people. Look at Orthodox Jews in yeshivas (Jewish parochial schools). We don’t have Columbines. Why are we different?

1. We have fathers at home. Boys grow up with male role models.

2. In one-parent families, where a mother is widowed or divorced and has not again met the right husband, the community plays matchmaker. Plain and simple, our community pities the unmarried. (OK, sometimes a bit too much.) When circumstances compelled me to divorce — finally, after 25 years of a mistake — non-Jews and non-Orthodox Jews consoled me with “Dov, now you can play the field.” I was well-educated, an attorney, once was cute, have a good sense of humor — everything a woman would ask for except for “long midnight walks at the beach.” My response was: “I will begin immediately to network to remarry.” Fifteen months later, I married Ellen of blessed memory. And when G-d, for His inscrutable purposes, called her home to Paradise after 20 amazing marital years she and I shared, I turned again to marry. A very successful non-Jewish attorney shook his head when I told him about Denise. “Dov,” he said, “you just don’t get it.” I smiled. Different values, different cultures.

3. The single mom, after the divorce or widowing, continues instilling values in all her children. Every single morning and at bedtime, the child recites: “Hear O Israel: The L-rd is Our G-d; the L-rd is one.” She makes sure the kids eat only kosher food, act respectfully, and stay out of trouble.

4. At school, the teachers teach Chesed (kindness), Tzedakah (charity), and Torah rather than critical race studies, same-sex and transgender immorality, and sex change and gender dysphoria options.

5. The kids are steered away from drugs — including and especially the “minor” ones like marijuana.

6. The children are taught American patriotism. In many yeshivas, like the one I attended, each class day begins with the Pledge of Allegiance and the Star-Spangled Banner. Sometimes, for variety, “America the Beautiful” or “My Country ’Tis of Thee” or Irving Berlin’s “G-d Bless America.” The 1619 Project does not exist. The kids learn real American history.

7. TV viewing at home is carefully monitored. Anything immoral (i.e., standard viewing) is not allowed. Same with movies.

8. Parents monitor their kids’ neighborhood friends. When I was a kid, we had a nice group of boys — I was the only one Orthodox or attending yeshiva — and we gathered daily after school to play stoop ball, punchball, wiffle ball, and two-hand touch. There was a fellow of similar age a block down. Many mothers disapproved of him. Sally, our next-door neighbor and mother of Robbie, my best friend on the block, warned this kid to stay off the block. She called him “Naughty Richie.” One day, Naughty Richie came by, and Sally poured a complete bucket of cold water on him from her porch. Naughty Richie left.

9. We all waited daily for the ice cream truck. One, Good Humor, had a national reputation. The second, Carvel, had a jingle, too. And then there was Bungalow Bar. For some reason, a ditty attached to them: “Bungalow Bar / Tastes like tar. / The more you eat it / The sicker you are.” It was perfectly good ice cream, but the kids’ chanting hurt sales. One day, my beloved father, Aaron of blessed memory, took me aside and explained to me that, in exchange for us boys having a little fun, we were causing the man in the truck to earn less money to feed his family. My father taught me values. I never chanted it again. Likewise, my mother taught my three sisters and me three primary things: (i) Never ever ever ever lie, regardless of consequences; (ii) Family always must take care of family; and (iii) “David (my secular name) one day will grow up to be a great doctor. Just watch: he will devise a cure for an illness.”

10. The children all observe Shabbat (Sabbath) with their parents as a family unit. The mother inaugurates the transmogrification in the home atmosphere from secular to sacred as she ritually lights two (or more) candles. The family sings King Solomon’s ode to his mother, a woman of valor (Proverbs 31). Next, the father recites a prayer over a cup of wine. Two loaves of bread are displayed. A special meal of several courses is served. Sometimes guests join. Sometimes they even sleep over. During dinner, which can run two hours or more, the parents ask each child: “What did you learn this week in yeshiva?” This one learned division. That one learned about Patrick Henry. None learned public school garbage.

Orthodox Jews do not claim a monopoly here. You obviously can be Christian, Muslim, or Sikh and live parallel lives. The one constant throughout speaks for itself. We and our kids do not shoot up schools. We are not patsies. Read about the Irgun, Lechi, and Israel’s Defense Forces. We can fight, but we are culturally immunized from shooting up schools, holding up banks, and raping and killing. When you walk down an empty street late at night, and you see a Jew coming toward you, you don’t take out pepper spray and start running and screaming. Rather, you ask him a tax question or seek free legal advice.

I almost — emphasis: almost — would love to see the Democrats’ anti-gun proposals implemented. Because then we finally would see that nothing had been accomplished. Deny guns to kids 18-21? So the mentally ill kid will grab his father’s guns. It is interesting that Democrats have all the answers to the surge in gun violence, and yet — somehow — it is specifically in the cities they have dominated for close to a century where gun violence takes place. Chicago? Democrats. Baltimore? Democrats. Detroit. Philadelphia. Memphis. Etc.

For that matter, think of all the lives we can save if we ban cars, especially fancy sports cars. And — it goes “without saying” — motorcycles. And, while at it, let’s ban alcohol. Yeah, that’s a great idea. Think of all the lives we would save. We’d never turn back. Just ask Bugsy and Lepke and Lucky and the gang.

More and more, I credit former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson for unveiling that a common thread running through so many mass shootings is that the sicko dirt bag is found to have been a marijuana user. Allysia Finley, a member of the Wall Street Journal’s editorial board, writes:

Mass shooters at Rep. Gibby Giffords’s constituent meeting in Tucson, Ariz. (2011), a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. (2012), the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla. (2016), the First Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas (2017), and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. (2018), were reported to be marijuana users. It could be a coincidence, but increasing evidence suggests a connection.

The marijuana on today’s streets is far more toxic than what existed in the 1960s. It is produced differently, and because of legalizations in 19 states, it is used far more often. It creates hallucinations. “Voices” talk to some users who are susceptible.

If one cause of gun violence is the breakdown in American family values, and a second is the expanded use of marijuana, the third is the new Culture of Rage. When Charles Schumer grabbed a bullhorn and threatened the safety of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, inciting a mob far more dangerous than the January 6 protestors, he said:

I want to tell you, Gorsuch; I want to tell you, Kavanaugh: You have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price. You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.

For all of Pelosi’s and Liz Cheney’s January 6 nonsense, Schumer bears enormous co-responsibility for the attempted assassination of Justice Kavanaugh. Schumer really should be prosecuted. At the very least, there should be a lawful but crazy-loud demos outside his home.

America will come back. It is at our lowest moments that unrecognized greatness emerges. If there had not been a Civil War, who knows whether Lincoln would have emerged as vanilla as Ford. If there had not been a Jimmy Carter — inflation, Iran’s hostages, just one giant tire fire — American independents would not have elected a Reagan.

Biden will deliver to us the Congress in five months and, G-d willing, the White House in 2024. We have so many great possibilities: Trump, Ron DeSantis, Mike Pence, Mike Pompeo, Ted Cruz. What they all share — regardless of their respective January 6 decisions — is a contra-Romney strength, determination, and agenda. Trump broke the ice. It is not political suicide with Hispanics to secure the border and build a wall. Rather, it attracts Hispanic votes. It is safe to impose tariffs on China. It is safe to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s eternal capital. And it will be safe to stuff Schumer into the minority aisle where he may reap all the natural gas he expels while Pelosi fades gently into the carbon-reduced night.

Dov Fischer
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Rabbi Dov Fischer, Esq., a high-stakes litigation attorney of more than twenty-five years and an adjunct professor of law of more than fifteen years, is rabbi of Young Israel of Orange County, California. His legal career has included serving as Chief Articles Editor of UCLA Law Review, clerking for the Hon. Danny J. Boggs in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and then litigating at three of America’s most prominent law firms: JonesDay, Akin Gump, and Baker & Hostetler. In his rabbinical career, Rabbi Fischer has served several terms on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America, is Senior Rabbinic Fellow at the Coalition for Jewish Values, has been Vice President of Zionist Organization of America, and has served on regional boards of the American Jewish Committee, B’nai Brith Hillel, and several others. His writings on contemporary political issues have appeared over the years in the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Jerusalem Post, National Review, American Greatness, The Weekly Standard, and in Jewish media in American and in Israel. A winner of an American Jurisprudence Award in Professional Legal Ethics, Rabbi Fischer also is the author of two books, including General Sharon’s War Against Time Magazine, which covered the Israeli General’s 1980s landmark libel suit.
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