By STEPHEN GUTOWSKI | THE RELOAD
“There’s another order coming from Hamas to kill the Jews. I happen to be Jewish, and I don’t want to be killed.”
That’s the succinct explanation Joshua, a doctor in Los Angeles, gave for why he decided to buy his first gun this week.
He’s far from alone. New owners and trainers alike described scenes of gun stores and safety classes full of Jewish Americans hoping to protect themselves from the kind of slaughter that played out on Oct. 7 when Hamas terrorists streamed over the border into Israel and ruthlessly slaughtered more than 1,400 men, women, and children.
“I was at a local gun store a couple of days ago, where my wife was doing her firearms training test, and it was full,” Joshua, who–like several others who spoke to The Reload for this story–did not want his real name revealed in large part due to safety concerns, said. “There was a line outside to get in for people to do their tests, or buy firearms, or practice on the range. And I would say it was 90% Jewish people and Israelis.”