In 1989, with the memory of the WWII Holocaust still fresh and survivors still present in all walks of life, a visionary saw the handwriting on the wall—disarmed populations could soon face annihilation again—at the hands of corrupt and tyrannical governments. Only one thing ever prevents such monstrous acts, the right to arms that our Founders put in the U.S. Bill of Rights. And so Aaron Zelman breathed life into Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership, now celebrating 30 years of dedication to that goal.
Today, on a global scale, we find wisdom in Aaron's vision:
-- 10 million unarmed ethnic Chinese Weegers (Turkik-speaking "uighurs" in NW China) being "cleansed" (reeducated and/or exterminated in compounds) by Chinese communists while the world ignores it or silently watches, just like it did when German Nazis attempted the same thing during WWII to Jewish populations across Europe);
-- The entire African continent remains a boiling cauldron of mass murder, rape and internecine conflicts on scales too large to comprehend, with unarmed populations wiped out and reports shut out from daily news;
-- Jew hatred, euphemistically labeled anti-Semitism while conducted by Semitic Arabs in the Middle East, runs rampant or endorsed by governments in the region—and similar popular Jew-hatred movements in Europe with far too little public efforts at suppression (or tacit support);
-- Here at home, officials reign over state and federal police forces, heavily equipped with armored vehicles, machine guns, body armor and dynamic-entry SWAT teams, while these same officials vigorously seek to outlaw even single-shot rifles from the hands of innocent citizens;
-- Populations so misinformed and literally brainwashed that they cheer when candidates, who will swear allegiance to the Constitution if elected, declare an intention to confiscate property—acts that are banned by that Constitution;
-- Even ammunition magazines, with the same capacity as police themselves consider proper for self defense and crime prevention, are deemed too dangerous for the public to keep and bear, as if criminals would follow those same rules and stage attacks with limited supplies.
Reached for comment, Zelman's son Jeremy shared an exchange between himself and his Dad: "Some time ago, I was interviewing my Dad for a school project about careers, and I said, 'Maybe, someday, I'll be running JPFO!' My father, taken aback, paused. I was worried maybe I said something wrong. He remarked, 'I hope that by the time you grow up, there will be no need for an organization like JPFO to exist.' My father died almost 10 years ago. I don't think we've reached the point where JPFO has no need to exist, so until then, keep fighting the good fight."
Aaron's optimism aside, JPFO—Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership—has its work cut out for it in the decades to come. It is an uphill battle against ignorance, intolerance, paranoid fear, and those who would rule over us, instead of ruling on our behalf. Hoplophobia, the medical condition behind much gun fear, remains undiagnosed.
A system of government, which The Founders designed to stick with us has, as our Founders feared, been morphing into one determined to stick it to us, abandoning controls for which we have been properly armed all these centuries. The balance of power the Second Amendment enables, which has preserved the freedoms Americans mindlessly enjoy, is at the heart of freedoms JPFO seeks to defend.
Those who love liberty should rally to our side in this season of giving, and contribute to the effort to ensure that the people's right to arms prevails against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Join JPFO, unique in the gun-rights struggle.
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