Heroics, death, surviving babies and the fourth box of liberty being ignored

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The politics and mechanics of the tragic events that are unfolding with our friends on the other side of the globe need not apply here. That is, there’s a conflict. This piece is not about their conflict, but rather, how many here view their conflict.


The terror attacks in Israel are going to be flooding, and really already have, the pages of Bearing Arms, as well as every other news outlet in the U.S. Ignoring foreign policy, ignoring the who, what, where, when, HOW, and why…there’s one singular thing that all of this should be teaching the people of the Union – and world at large; the Second Amendment is important. A recent harrowing story told on Yahoo! news touches on a family defending themselves during the occupation and does not put enough emphasis on where it should be.

An Israeli couple has killed seven Hamas militants to save their children after the Hamas fighters came to their home. The woman and her husband were killed too.

Oleh Vyshniakov, Israel’s consul in Ukraine’s Western Region, shared the couple’s story. On his Facebook page.

Adar and Itay Berdychivsky from the Kfar Aza kibbutz both served in the Israeli army as officers and kept weapons at home.

When the militants approached their house, the couple hid their 10-months-old twins in mammad, a reinforced security room required in all new buildings by Israeli law, and returned to wait for the militants in the main house to distract their attention from their children.

Adar and Itay killed seven militants, but were then killed themselves.

Their children remained in the hiding place by themselves for 13 hours, before their uncle and grandfather found them there.


This is beyond an upsetting story, and unfortunately I feel we’ll be hearing more and more stories like this coming from the war zone. It’s not a foregone conclusion that had the pair not defeated the seven terrorists that their children would not have been safe where they stowed them…but they were, even though their heroic parents perished.

Mainstream media seems to be celebrating this, as they should. But this change in narrative, because this is a narrative, grossly understated and underscored the most important element of this story, that the heads of that household “kept weapons at home.”

This is much like the well regulated militia being a preamble to the rest of the Second Amendment, the actual right – meat and potatoes – is illustrated with “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” The reporter stated a fact that “Adar and Itay Berdychivsky from the Kfar Aza kibbutz both served in the Israeli army as officers,” and paired it with the “kept weapons at home” statement.

This makes me think that this is as close to the sun that MSM reporters are going to want to fly on the topic. I don’t know. Putting that detail in close proximity, which it is in the source social media post as well, might be part of the mind game narrative that only the police and military should be armed. The statement served as if that’s the excuse for being armed – military.


The “excuse” for being armed has been illustrated by the influx of footage from the war zone. A couple of observations.

One – I’ve seen more footage of the conflict in Israel the past few days on social media than I’ve seen in all of the war in Ukraine. Is that meaningful? I don’t know. There must be a reason for that.

Two – A meme, as they tend to do – like bumper sticker logic – makes a slam-dunk argument. The same argument Second Amendment supporters have been making for decades:

“The answer to the question ‘why do you need an AR 15 and 30 round magazines?’ is on every news channel today…”

With the word “again” handwritten on the bottom of it.

Yahoo! News really did fail to step up to the plate and take ownership of the concept they were discussing. The babies lived. Did they live because their parents effectively defended their home with “weapons”? The God-given right to be armed is being ignored, almost completely.

As we continue on into the next few days and weeks, there’s no knowing what’s going to happen overseas. There’s no knowing what’s going to happen here either. Will people and industries formerly hostile to the Second Amendment throw some crow on the rotisserie? Maybe, maybe not. Probably not.


Whether anti-Second Amendment entities do or don’t dine on that crow is not that important. Much like a judge saying “sustained” to an objection, the horse left the gate already and the jury heard what they were not supposed to. If the Ukraine “situation” did not get our thoroughbreds on their way, this Israel “situation” surely has to have. Everyone is seeing this unfold now and it might bite the forces behind that footage in the bottom.

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