NYS Jewish Gun Club goes on offense

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Just about everyone’s tired of talking about New York. A day can’t go by without invoking a reference to some sort of New York law, New York city, and of course New York lawsuit(s). Sorry, not sorry, but most states in the North East, much like Hawaii, California, and Illinois, go above and beyond concerning the usurpation of our rights and adore pissing on the Constitution. New York’s newly minted carry laws have left many-a-New Yorker frustrated, angered, and also disarmed.

While the NYSRPA v. Bruen opinion was supposed to be the headshot to restrictions on carry, all the opinion has seemed to do in the Empire State is anger the ineffectual so-called leadership, and cause them to double down on these civil rights violations. People that had carry permits in New York prior to NYSRPA v. Bruen had more rights then, than they do now. Because of these restrictions many are speaking out, and one group has announced they plan to act. A September 5th press release issued by the NYS Jewish Gun Club highlights the vulnerabilities that were just created by unelected Governor Hochul.

We will not be disarmed while criminals run rampant in the streets

“Do Not Stand Idly By While Your Neighbor’s Blood Is Shed” (Leviticus 19:16)

As the Jewish High Holidays approach, we are appalled that we will be unprotected while our families spend many hours in our shuls. The second amendment is not a second class right. Law enforcement does a great job, but they simply can’t be everywhere all the time. We cannot outsource our self-defense to the government. Each individual has the right and responsibility to defend our families.

We are left with no choice but to take this matter to the courts. We are happy to announce that we have retained civil rights attorneys Ameer Benno of Benno & Associates P.C. and Cory Morris of The Law Offices of Cory H. Morris as counsel to lead us through this legal battle. With their combined knowledge and extensive history in fighting for social justice and constitutional rights, we are confident that we will resolve our grievances.

“This latest legislative effort eviscerates New Yorkers’ ability to exercise their most basic constitutional rights without fear of harm or arrest, it fosters criminality and forces religious institutions to advertise to criminals that New York demands our churches and synagogues remain vulnerable to hate and violence,: Cory Morris explains. “This legislation not only ensures that the surge in religion- based hate crimes will continue, but turns worshippers into sitting ducks.”

I’ll happily add antisemetic to the list of monikers that we can use when describing the executive and legislative branches in New York State. I mean really, not only just antisemetic, just anti-religion across the board. As pointed out, the provisions in New York’s law leave all denominations and religions defenseless.

“By designating all houses of worship as “sensitive places” where exercising the fundamental right to self defense will now be punishable by prison time, the government has not only violated the Second Amendment but also the First Amendment’s guarantee of the free exercise of religion,” says Ameer Benno. “No one should have to choose between practicing their faith and defending themselves and their family. We will fight to strike down this blatantly unconstitutional law.”

Unlike the State of New York, the NYS Jewish Gun Club does not discriminate. New York might be complicit in leaving those who elect to exercise their First Amendment rights as defenseless victims, in essence punishing those who believe in God or a higher being, NYS Jewish Gun Club is quite welcoming in their message. They invite other religions and or insitutes affected by the unconstitutional laws to join them in battle.

This is a huge undertaking for us and we cannot do it without the support of our members and the public. Therefore, we are crowdfunding to raise the necessary funds. You can donate at www.nysjgc.com/donate

We are also looking for houses of worship from other denominations that are willing to stand hand in hand with us through this fight. “While this matter affects us more than others, the constitution guarantees this right for all Americans,” Tzvi Waldman says. I call out to all religious leaders from across the state that are worried for the safety of their congregants to reach out to me. We need to do this together.

Additionally, we are looking for store owners, people waiting for their pistol permits to be processed and anyone that is adversely affected by the CCIA law.   If you are interested in joining as a plaintiff  please fill out the online questionnaire. www.nysjgc.com/join or email  [email protected]

The work’s clearly not done in New York, as groups like the NYS Jewish Gun Club and NYSRPA are still having to litigate against new and old laws that are founded in discrimination, hatred, racisim, and overall control. As long as there’s anti-civil rights tyrants out there like unelected Governor Kathy Hochul, Governor Phil Murphy, Governor Gavin Newsom, et.al., we’re going to have our plates full. Much like Governor Wallace, these Governors also are happy to stand in the way of people exercising their civil liberties. Wishing NYS Jewish Gun Club good fortunes in their endeavors.