On March 24th, a coordinated series of protests under the hashtag #MarchForOurLives took to the streets in Washington, DC and other cities to demand the infringement of our Second Amendment rights, spurred on by a solitary incident in Florida that, though heart-breaking and tragic, had no wider implications other than the abject failure of government from the federal level on down, which is basically par for the course.
Well, it would seem to represent nothing more than the fact that government is hopelessly incompetent, but several of the Stoneman Douglas High School students killed were Jews, as was one of the teachers; over 40% of the student body is Jewish. Plus, Parkland, Florida, one rabbi tells us is “a small community where nearly half the population is Jewish.”
Parkland is also incredibly affluent. Could this have something to do with the fact that this is being framed in no small part as an explicitly “Jewish issue” in addition to being a blight on our humanity?
According to Natalie Lifson of Haaretz, the shooter, Nikolas de Jesus Cruz, had a “well-documented hatred of Jews.” She goes on to frame the shooting as an “anti-Semitic attack” but it was no more an anti-Semitic attack than Stephen Paddock’s Las Vegas slaughter was anti-white; how does Lifson respond to the fact that the Stoneman Douglas shooter was also Jewish? She doesn’t. She does go on to wail:
Ironically, the erasure of the Jewish aspect of Cruz’s massacre continues. The memorial for the dead students and teachers, located at Pine Trails Park, consists of 17 crosses, one to represent each of the dead. It is pretty tone-deaf to “honor” Jewish students in death with symbols of another faith.
More importantly, in assessing the March For Our Lives, Lifson happily notes:
It’s good to hear that the march has targeted not only guns but the intersection between bigotry and gun violence; that dangerous, racist ideas that cause people to view other people as subhuman are primarily at fault.
Watching the Jewish kids from #Parkland make change, hand-in-hand with their brothers and sisters from black communities, ravaged by gun violence for decades: this solidarity & love trumps any manufactured hatred & misunderstanding #JewsDemandAction— Stefanie Iris Weiss🌹 (@EcoSexuality) March 24, 2018
Ah, there it is. In viewing Cruz’s slaughter as an extension of “racist ideas,” there is the explicit acknowledgement that Judaism is a separate, distinct race, though bound up in the reductive analysis of “racism” and “hate” from the fourth-grade intellect that is Natalie Lifson is the contradiction of a Hispanic Jew killing other Hispanics and Jews as racism, unless of course, she views Cruz as acting out a distaste for whites, mulattoes, and Asians while simultaneously being a self-loathing Jew. Lifson’s entire argument makes no sense unless viewed through an ideological prism. As Jim Goad says,
“I don’t know what the Jewish Question is, but I’m pretty sure the answer is ‘anti-Semitism.’”
Also trending on Twitter on the 24th was the March’s related hashtag #JewsDemandAction.
Rabbi David Steinhardt wrote:
This is the time for a call to action. I am angry that this country, supposedly an advanced civilized place, has not been able to pass proper legislation for sane and reasonable gun control. Seventy-nine percent of our citizens oppose the sale of automatic weapons like the one used [in the shooting], and yet our legislators have failed to act. WE ALL KNOW WHY. To a large degree, it is because of the power of the NRA’s congressional lobby. This must be called out again and again. Please check out the amount of money given to our political ‘leaders’ by the National Rifle Association. One of our senators, Marco Rubio, has received over 3.3 million dollars in campaign gifts from the NRA. How will he vote on different aspects of gun legislation? We see his history. Is it a surprise? Emphatically, NO.
#JewsDemandAction for universal background checks, bans on assault weapons & high capacity ammunition magazines. We will NOT stand idly by. Following the lead of our @NFTY teens, we’re taking action today, tomorrow, and every day until we end gun violence. #MarchForOurLives pic.twitter.com/aH66NbC9CB— The RAC (@TheRAC) March 24, 2018
Aside from the fact that the “automatic weapon” in question was not automatic, the NRA-as-villain trope is extremely disingenuous, especially since most of its endowment is from dues-paying members, unlike the March For Our Lives sponsoring organization Everytown for Gun Safety, founded and primarily financed by Jewish billionaire Michael Bloomberg. Bloomberg, incidentally, has some very interesting views on minorities and firearms:
"Cities need to get guns out of the hands of…male, minority, and between the ages of 15 and 25 [individuals]…95 percent of all murders fall into this category… [They] think they’re going to get killed anyway because all their friends are getting killed… It’s a joke to pull the trigger."
I’m not being flippant—that literally sounds like someone on the Alt-Right. I’ve actually heard quite a few Alt-Right commentators voice this idea. That aside, returning to Rabbi Steinhardt’s framing of the NRA as this all-powerful machine that controls the politicians under its sway like gun-mad marionettes, it’s important to keep in mind that the NRA really does not have the kinds of resources at its disposal that the media machine would have people believe. Its endowment is $75 million, whereas the Anti-Defamation League (which “fights anti-Semitism and hate”) has a $144 million endowment, and the Southern Poverty Law Center has a $319 million endowment!
Thanks to @MaxineWaters for meeting with us. I’m here with @TheRAC and 300+ #RACLTaken teens to demand that Congress end it’s shameful inaction on gun violence. How many more lives must be lost before we act? #JewsDemandAction pic.twitter.com/bSS6veUv8s— lexie (@lexkorks) March 21, 2018
Yet the NRA, which advocates for protecting our Constitutional freedoms, is framed as the bad guy, and the ADL and SPLC, which advocate for infringements on our rights, are somehow quoted word-for-word in press release materials as unquestioned moral authorities on all issues pertaining to “hate.” What does gun control have to do with Southern poverty? We now know what it has to do with anti-Semitism courtesy of Natalie Lifson, but where in either group’s mission statement does abridging fundamental human rights and supplanting them with “human rights” of the Bernie Sanders variety—himself a kind of carpet-bagger in Yankee Vermont with his particular Midwood, Brooklyn, New York sensibilities—occur?
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) paints a grim picture of Americans who support a constitutional amendment, calling them, at turns; “radical,” “combustible,” “Second Amendment Vigilantes,” “isolated, unbalanced, and gun-toting men with scores to settle.”
And a slew of other labels with no factual substantiation. The fact that we are at a point in our nation’s history where supporting the Bill of Rights has become a radical position is nothing short of terrifying, and as whites become a minority and a greater percentage of college-indoctrinated youth come to believe in concepts such as “gun control” and “hate speech,” we are, to be blunt, doomed. The SPLC referred to the Ludwig von Mises Institute as “neo-Confederate adjacent with neo-fascist sympathies,” and they’ve used the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon to tie anyone from Murray Rothbard to Stefan Molyneux to the Ku Klux Klan.
The Daily Caller is tarred as “white nationalist friendly” because of Charlottesville or something. The level of intellectual dishonesty with these people is appalling, but it is not shocking. There is a very clear agenda at work here, and it is to silence all dissent to demographic displacement and, even more importantly, prevent anyone anywhere from ever noticing certain patterns of behavior. John Derbyshire writes “racist screeds” (I wonder how his mixed-race children feel about the fact that their father is a racist), “hate website” VDare.com is a “major hub for white nationalists and anti-Semites” (once again, no substantiation to the claim), and American Renaissance is “overtly white supremacist.” I’m not a litigious sort, but I am positive these claims are grounds for libel.
YouTube relies on the SPLC to flag videos that are deemed to have offensive content, which explains why any videos even tangentially related to guns—from weapons maintenance to firing exhibitions to product reviews—have been removed. They approach “gun control” with almost the same vehemence that they approach the curtailment of freedom of speech! The SPLC includes under its definition of Holocaust Denial the “minimization of its extent.” This is, obviously not denial in any way, but similar to they and their kindred spirits at the ADL’s premise of “fighting hate,” it is an Orwellian construction. Hate is an emotion, not subject to rationality or reason. It is also, consequently, highly subjective. Simply by pointing out the fact that we only have a death toll of 2.4 million Jews at the absolute maximum per David Cole and a probably more reliable number of 271,504 prisoners (not all of whom were Jews) per the International Red Cross, is Holocaust Denial (proper noun of course) and would find me subject to fines and/or imprisonment in a slew of Western countries.
At least the ADL is explicit about its mission to “stop the defamation of the Jewish people” (presumably at any cost); the SPLC is much more discreet with its motives, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t pursuing ideological warfare. What do the SPLC’s Jewish Co-Founder and Board Emeritus member Joseph Levin, Jewish President J. Richard Cohen, Jewish Legal Director Rhonda Brownstein, Jewish Director of the Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative Dan Werner, Jewish Intelligence Project Director Heidi Beirich, Jewish “Teaching Tolerance” Director Maureen Costello, Jewish Deputy Legal Director (Children’s Rights) Zoe Savitsky, Jewish Director of Florida Initiatives David J. Utter, Jewish Director of Educational Advocacy Jerri Katzerman, Jewish Managing Editor Sean Price, Jewish Curriculum Design Manager Thomas Ronk, Jewish Staff Attorney for the LGBT Rights Project Samuel Wolfe, Jewish Director of the Juvenile Justice Policy Group Danielle J. Lipow, Jewish General Counsel Attorney Jim Knoepp, and Jewish Board of Directors members Bennett Grau, Jocelyn Benson, Marsha Levick, Howard Mandell, Lida Orzeck, Alan B. Howard, Pam Horowitz, Ellen Sudow, and Elden Rosenthal want?
To quote Jewish former Senior Fellow at the SPLC Mark Potok:
“Our aim is to destroy [the groups on the SPLC’s Hatewatch List] completely…We’re trying to wreck the groups. We’re trying to destroy them. It’s strictly ideological.”
This list includes American Renaissance, the American College of Pediatricians, the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the Occidental Quarterly, the Proud Boys, VDare.com, and White Lives Matter.
Since the shooting in Parkland, I've been so moved by the prophetic voices of @NFTY teens & other young Jewish leaders. Theirs is the generation that will repair our world. This week I'm using my profile to amplify their messages. Stay tuned & be inspired. #JewsDemandAction— Rabbi Jonah Pesner (@JonahPesner) March 20, 2018
It’s never “just” about guns; as Natalie Lifson delighted in pointing out, it’s the intersection between “bigotry, gun violence…and racist ideas.” Washington Post writer Adam Winkler noted with great satisfaction that as America becomes less rural and less white, “The NRA Will Fall. It’s Inevitable.” Hadassah (The Women’s Zionist Organization of America) has publicly backed Congressional legislation to restrict access to firearms and further infringe on our Second Amendment rights. As far as Hadassah is concerned, here is what else you get:
For #WorldPoetryDay, here’s @HadassahMag on activist and poet Emma Lazarus: “Her immortal words on the base of the Statue of Liberty remain a potent symbol linking immigration policy and women’s rights.”
On International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, we must renew our commitment to speaking out against racism, white supremacy, and neo-Nazism. #Hadassah #Israel #Peace #IDERD
If you haven’t already, are you starting to see how all these things—gun ownership, demographics, immigration, the highly-flexible notions and constantly expanding definitions of “racism,” “white supremacy,” and “hate”—are all interconnected? Jewish billionaire Nathan Kirsch funds Julius Malema’s anti-white Economic Freedom Fighters party in South Africa. Can you see where this road ends?