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One of Europe's top Jewish leaders is proposing EU countries expand their gun laws to permit Jews to carry firearms. Rabbi Menachem Margolin, director general of the Rabbinical Centre of Europe (RCE) and the European Jewish Association (EJA), wrote a letter to government officials throughout the EU, urging them to pass immediate legislation in the wake of last week's terror attack that killed four Jewish men at a Paris kosher supermarket.
Rabbi Margolin said the right to carry a gun would bring a much-needed sense of security to European Jewish communities. The recent Paris killings are the latest attacks targeting Europe's Jewish population, particularly in France. In 2012, Mohammed Merah, a French national from Algerian descent, killed seven people in Toulouse, France, including three children and a rabbi.
On Tuesday, the French government deployed thousands of police officers and soldiers to "sensitive sites" including Jewish schools, airports, and major landmarks. French authorities also called for increased surveillance and measures to combat jihadist recruitment in prisons.
For Rabbi Margolin, though, such efforts are not enough. "[The police] are not doing enough, for sure. We just need more. The best solution is having at least two police officers at each Jewish institution, 24 hours a day. Until that happens we need to be able to feel secure in other ways." As this episode of TestTube Daily discusses, the EU leaves gun permit regulation to individual member nations. As of Tuesday, no Interior official from any European country had commented on Rabbi Margolin's proposal.
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"International evidence and comparisons have long been offered as proof of the mantra that more guns mean more deaths and that fewer guns, therefore, mean fewer deaths. Unfortunately, such discussions are all too often been afflicted by misconceptions and factual error and focus on comparisons that are unrepresentative."
U.S. Gun Policy: Global Comparisons (via PBS)