A gun-rights group’s comparison of firearm owners to victims of the Holocaust is being defended by a rabbi who advises a Jewish organization dedicated to preserving access to guns.
It’s an update to a story we first reported last week on FOX Chicago News at Nine.
The latest newsletter from the Illinois group called “Guns Save Life” made that comparison.
It also included an image of the yellow Star of David that Nazi leaders made Jews wear in the 1930s and 1940s, juxtaposed with the blue and white Star of David found in the center of the Israeli flag.
State senator Ira Silverstein denounced the use of Nazi-era imagery and has demanded that the group apologize for its use.
The leader of “Guns Save Life,” John Boch, has defended the comparison, and told FOX Chicago News that the group “Jews for the Preservation of Firearm Ownership” supported his efforts.
FOX Chicago News talked to Rabbi Dovid Bendory, the rabbinical director of Jews for the Preservation of Firearm Ownership. He confirms the group’s support, and says that comparing firearm owners to Holocaust victims is an analogy supported by history.
“If you look at the course of Jewish history and the multiple oppressions that our people have suffered through our history, one of the salient components that is repeated over and over is that the Jewish people have been prohibited from owning arms,” Rabbi Bendory told FOX Chicago News.
He says he’s not offended by seeing the yellow Star of David reproduced in the gun-rights group’s newsletter.
“Is it jarring and shocking? I don't think I could ever see an image of the yellow Star without it being jarring and shocking in any context whatsoever, including in a museum. But it's the reality of history, and it's a reality of history that we need to understand," he said.
Rabbi Dovid Bendory says JPFO was founded more than 20 years ago. It now has more than 7,000 members nationwide.
Membership is not limited to people of the Jewish faith.
The organization is not affiliated with the National Rifle Association, and does not endorse or contribute to politicians.