The 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees citizens the right to bear arms for personal protection. And while many people in our region often don’t see a need for the purchase of a firearm, the terror attack of last Friday should have burst our bubble of perceived safety and should compel us all to arm up.
The fact is that when there is a murderous lunatic – terrorist or not – rampaging through town, there is nothing more valuable than a firearm. Do we have police officers who pack heat? Sure, but they can’t be everywhere all the time.
Just look at what happened on Friday. The suspect managed to attempt a carjacking, then successfully carjack and assault a man before running another man over, nearly stabbing a young boy to death, and then ramming another man in Jackson before his terror spree came to an end.
And he likely could have and would have continued had the vehicle he carjacked not become disabled, as was implied in a press release yesterday. Once his rampage was over, he went back home, only being arrested in the early hours of Shabbos morning.
This isn’t a knock on the police. In my opinion, they did a phenomenal job. I still don’t know how they managed to identify who the suspect was so quickly. They did all they could.
But imagine for a moment if one person with basic firearm training had a firearm at any of the attacks. The suspect would be dead now and the massive harm he inflicted on so many individuals and families could have possibly been avoided.
It’s time to arm ourselves more than we already are. Yes, there are many, many people who legally own firearms in Lakewood, but not enough. We are a target and antisemites will find any reason to attack us – sometimes violently.
Don’t brush off what happened on Friday. If you haven’t done so yet, get yourself a firearm permit and a handgun. It could save yours or someone else’s life.