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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review December 18, 2012/ 5 Teves, 5773

Save a kid, arm a teacher

By Cheri Jacobus



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The teachers and principal at Sandy Hook Elementary school, though unarmed and likely terrified, did all they could to try to protect and save the kids, including running TOWARD the gunfire and to their deaths. Had even one been armed, the death toll would have been much lower and we'd be giving prayers of thanks that a madman was stopped, rather than trying to get our heads and broken hearts around the facts of what happened as Newtown buries 20 innocent children just before Christmas.

After a shocking, unthinkable tragedy like the mass slaughter of 20 children and seven adults in Newtown, Conn., on Friday by a madman, many find comfort in prayer, lighting candles, poetic sayings, meditation or medication. For better or worse, I am not one of those people. I get angry. Very, very angry. And then I want to carve away the PC garbage and hidden agendas to work on solving the problem. And I want to do so before those with a leftist agenda succeed in exploiting the tragedy, broken hearts and sense of helplessness that pervade the aftermath of the slaughter.

Leftist blowhard Michael Moore hit Twitter on Friday lamenting that Republicans in Michigan just passed a law allowing carrying a gun into a school, and he linked it to the Newtown massacre. But while we are quite accustomed to Moore exploiting the pain of others to promote his own celebrity, he didn't disappoint in the expectation that he would, as usual, stoop to disgusting lows in order to score some attention. How many of us wish a teacher or other school personnel trained in firearms had been armed Dec. 14, 2012, in Newtown?

Responsible, clear-thinking Americans need to wipe away political agendas and resist the urge to merely fight those who would disarm free Americans, thus enabling only criminals, crazies and government authorities to have guns — all of whom can use them on the rest of us for crime or tyranny. We need workable, realistic solutions.

When Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was President Obama's White House chief of staff, he famously advised the president and Democrats in Congress not to let a crisis go to waste when then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) was gunned down. It was paramount to first and foremost exploit a tragedy for political advancement, preying on the pain of others. Similarly, Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.) said of the Newtown massacre that President Obama needs to "exploit" it in order to push for stricter gun-control laws.

As a response to terrorism the U.S. started placing armed air marshals on flights to protect passengers and others. The same can be done for our schools. The front office staff at Newtown's Sandy Point Elementary School had no defense against an armed gunman but to turn on the school intercom to warn others of the grave and immediate danger. Twenty-seven horrific murders later, we now know it was inadequate.

Many are also rightfully taking note of the violent nature of the video games and movies our kids are exposed to. Parents don't always monitor this, or think that it's OK because if it wasn't so many kids wouldn't engage, or such violent forms of "entertainment" would not be allowed by our nanny state.

Our political, cultural and religious leaders should start addressing this in earnest, even though it is far less politically correct and "sexy" than a gun control fight. As well, gun-rights advocates need to see where we can limit access to certain types of assault weapons, while still responsibly maintaining and protecting our Second Amendment rights.

Exploit a tragedy for political gain, join with celebrities like Michael Moore and Cher for a "cause" or light candles and write poetry. Or get angry, resist hyperbole on both sides, and attack this with real solutions in memory of the dead and out of compassion and respect for their loved ones, who will spend a lifetime burdened with unspeakable grief. I've just outlined two that are imminently doable — armed school marshals or designated existing personnel armed and trained like we have on airplanes and working with parents to boycott violent video games and movies for their kids. It's a start. Just don't expect the concern trolls, attention-seeking celebrities or political opportunists to help us out on this one.


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JWR contributor Cheri Jacobus, president of Capitol Strategies PR, has managed congressional campaigns, worked on Capitol Hill and is an adjunct professor at George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management. She is a columnist for The Hill and appears on CNN, MSNBC and FOX News as a GOP strategist.


Previously:


10/11/12: Binders full of problems? What Mitt Romney must do to woo women
5/10/12: Media accountability
4/23/12: Obama and his merry band of misogynists
01/20/12: If Obama said what Newt said, he'd get a standing 'O'
12/01/11: Newt, Mitt and paper tigers
11/20/11: High-tech lynching, part II
09/23/11: Obama: Love me!
09/12/11: Waive wage rule, create jobs
07/25/11: Dems changed their tune
07/15/11: Clinton's bad advice
06/27/11: Cut, cap and balance
06/03/11: Weiner Twitter kerfuffle
05/16/11: Osama, Obama and 2012
04/19/11: Obama's charity state
04/12/11: Dems too crazy to win
03/21/11: Revere real journalism
03/14/11: Dems generous to a fault
03/07/11: Cut with a machete
03/02/11: $100,000,000,000 of waste is immoral
02/28/11: GOP 2012 hopefuls are getting in touch with their inner Cheesehead
02/14/11: Patriot Act needs diligence
06/15/10: Republican girl power
06/01/10: The petulant president
05/26/10: Party like it's 1994
04/26/10: For animals' sake, or yours
04/19/10: My friend Michael Steele should resign
03/16/10: Waste, fraud and abuse
02/24/10: Put down the shovel
12/22/09: Hurry up and slow down
11/24/09: Jury of peers
11/10/09: Czar light, czar bright
11/02/09: Reid's landmines
10/26/09: Public option for Congress
10/19/09: Big Brother wins
10/13/09: Dancin' DeLay
09/26/09: Paterson under the bus
09/14/09: Start over, Mr. President

© 2009, Cheri Jacobus

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