Sami Rahamim, gun control, and a tale of two shattered families

Sami Rahamim lost his father to gun violence. He is a moving speaker for Obama's gun control agenda. He is still wrong. Photo: AP

LOS ANGELES, February 26, 2013—Community Organizer in Chief Barack Obama now has “Organizing For Action,” his perpetual political campaign. A relentless behind the scenes plan to enact gun control legislation is reaching new lows. My email inbox delivered a message from a young man named Sami Rahamim.

Mr. Rahamim experienced a tragedy no human should ever have to endure. His father was a shooting victim in September of 2012. One minute he had his dad, and then in a flash no more. Every human heart goes out to this young man. The family is Jewish, and with so few Jewish people in this world, the senseless loss of life cuts even deeper.

Yet his pain does not give him absolute moral authority. Freedom of speech allows him to discuss policy. It does not demand anything be “organized” as a result, or that any “action” be taken.

Here is part of his mass email.

“Friend —

My dad, Reuven Rahamim, was killed this past September in a mass shooting.

I was 17 years old, one of 15 children who lost a parent that day.

I’m honoring his memory — and those of many others who have fallen — by doing something about gun violence.”

He then shows a four minute video of himself. His Yarmulkah (Jewish skullcap) is displayed prominently, although his Jewish faith has nothing to do with the topic of gun violence. He then concludes.

“I know my dad is watching right now as I fight alongside many other Americans for common-sense legislation.

He deserves a vote. We all deserve a vote.

Now is the time.



Sami Rahamim

Minneapolis, MN”

Mr. Rahamim should hear my family’s story. We are also Jewish. My father and grandparents are Holocaust survivors. My great-grandparents were shot to death by Hitler’s army. My father is also an NRA member who taught me that “if Jews had guns during the Holocaust, there would be many more dead NAZIs.”

This is where liberals scoff and claim that the American government would never round people up like Europe did. Wrong. A liberal Democrat named Franklin Delano Roosevelt placed Japanese Americans in internment camps.

Fast forward to 1992. Armed Korean grocers saved their businesses from being incinerated during the Los Angeles riots. Two teenagers with semiautomatic weapons (yes, those guns) prevented a (precursor to Occupy Wall Street) mob from burning down a convalescent home for the aged.

My Second Amendment is the only reason Mr. Rahamim has his First Amendment. No family has absolute moral authority on this issue. Only God has absolute moral authority. My family does not deserve less (or more) consideration in the public arena than Mr. Rahamim.

Mr. Rahamim will insist he only wants “sensible” restrictions. Sensible is whatever any individual with an agenda decides it is. Obamaspeak words “sensible,” “reasonable,” and “balanced” ring hollow.

Conservatives understand what Obama says. We don’t believe him. We know he lacks integrity. His denials about confiscating guns are at odds with his actions. The covered up “Fast and Furious” investigation was an attempt to circumvent the Second Amendment and push for confiscation.

Conservatives have every right to distrust a government where the top law enforcement official is up to his eyeballs in a botched gunrunning operation. Did a gun let loose by Eric Holder kill more than “just one” border guard? Of course it did. If Mr. Rahamim wants to look for solutions, he should question his own government rather than violate Benjamin Franklin’s maxim about trading liberty for safety.

Sami Rahamim was an innocent victim of pure evil. So was Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. So were the people at Columbine and Newtown. Both of those tragedies produced families of victims who disagreed on solutions.

My family was the victim of gun violence several decades ago. My relatives were murdered, and so was Mr. Rahamim’s father. People should empathize with broken hearts but not allow law abiding citizens to become subjugated in the name of “doing something.”

Mr. Rahamim is my fellow Jew, and a song at Jewish Summer camps teaches that every Jew is a brother.

Even your brother can be wrong. Sami Rahamim did nothing wrong. He caused no wrong. Yet his proposed solution is wrong.

Compassion for him? Absolutely? Advancing anti-gun legislation? Absolutely not.

His family deserves to heal, but not at the right of breaking my family to pieces. We have had enough injustice to last several (fallen) lifetimes.


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Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.”

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Eric Golub

Eric Golub is a politically conservative Jewish blogger, author, public speaker, and comedian. His book trilogy is “Ideological Bigotry,” “Ideological Violence,” and  “Ideological Idiocy.” 

He is Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and has lived in Los Angeles since 1990. He received his Bachelors degree from the University of Judaism, and his MBA from USC. A stockbrokerage professional since 1994, he began blogging on March 11th, 2007, the three year anniversary of the Madrid bombings and the midpoint of 9/11. He has been inflicting his world view on his unfortunate readers since then. He blogs about politics Monday through Friday, and about football and other human interest items on weekends.



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