The ‘Tactical Rabbi’ Is a Synagogue Shooter’s Worst Nightmare

Conservative Tribune | 5/10/2019 | barie
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After every tragic event, nearly everyone asks the same question: “How did this happen?”

Then comes the public promise of “never again.” The people who say it usually mean it, but unless a plan is put in place, the same horrors can repeat themselves.

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A Jewish rabbi in California is working overtime to make sure that synagogue shootings truly happen never again. Instead of just talking, he’s taking hands-on action by training community members for armed self-defense.

Rabbi Raziel Cohen is a west coast religious security expert, who goes by the moniker “Tactical Rabbi.” He’s one of several professionals within the Jewish community who have been getting attention since the deadly Chabad of Poway attack which occurred near the end of April.

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“Who thinks, by show of hands, that we should be carrying more guns in shul?” Cohen asked attendees at a seminar organized at a synagogue on Wednesday, according to The Los Angeles Times.

Around 50 percent of the Jewish group raised their hands, the newspaper reported, making it clear that many in that religious community are seeing legally-owned guns as a key part of keeping their people safe.

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“We don’t want to be victims,” Cohen said. “We need to protect ourselves now.” Cohen is both the owner and the founder of the National Defensive Firearms Training Academy.

The “Tactical Rabbi” believes that anybody who is going to bear arms should be trained, but pointed out the advantage of arming congregants instead of relying on paid security guards.

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