As a Jew whose relatives were destroyed in the Holocaust, whose father somehow survived Nazi labor camps, I reckon that government tyranny is the greatest threat Jews face. It’s the greatest threat that all free people face. So when I look for the most serious danger to myself and my family, I look left. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) looks the other way.
As part of its mission “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people, and to secure justice and fair treatment to all,” the ADL has released a report called A Dark and Constant Rage, 25 Years of Right Wing Terrorism in the United States. From the executive summary:
The Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism has compiled a list of 150 rightwing terrorist acts, attempted acts, and plots and conspiracies that took place in the United States during the past 25 years (1993-2017). These incidents were perpetrated by white supremacists, anti-government extremists, anti-abortion extremists and other types of right-wing extremists.
Overwhelmingly, firearms and explosives were the most common weapons chosen: 55 of the incidents involved use or planned use of firearms; 55 involved use of explosives. Overall, incidents involving firearms were more likely to be deadly.
Drilling down . . .
It is worth nothing that, although bombs were used or considered by extremists just as often as firearms, their successful use rate was much lower. This is largely due to the fact that explosives are far more difficult to obtain and to use in the United States than are firearms, which are abundant, easy to use, and very deadly. There is far better regulation of explosives than firearms in the United States.
Yup, you guessed it. The organization dedicated to protecting Jews is pro-gun control. As a Jew I [continue to] find their support for civilian disarmament offensive, bordering on insane.
Groups targeted for violence have a pressing need to protect themselves, their families, their friends, their communities and all innocent life by force or arms. Those groups includes Jews, gays, minorities and Muslims. And anyone else who believes they qualify, really.
I wonder if the ADL considers all small “c” conservatives proto-terrorists….