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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
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

Moscow joins choir of those using Newtown shooting to push agendas

By Fred Weir






JewishWorldReview.com |

mOSCOW — (TCSM) The Newtown school massacre, heavily covered by Russian media, has shed light on a long-simmering debate within Russian society over the wisdom of allowing freer civilian access to firearms.

At present, Russia is one of those countries that gun control opponents often cite with grim satisfaction to bolster the claim that there is no connection between gun ownership and murder. Though Russia today has one of the toughest gun control regimes in the world, its homicide rate is more than twice that of the US.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who authored laws to tighten access to weapons while he was president, seized on the US school tragedy to reiterate his viewpoint that even tougher gun control is needed in Russia.

Newtown "was a terrible tragedy. It is deeply distressing," Mr. Medvedev wrote on his Facebook page. "I fully agree with those who are against free weapon possession. This is my principal position as well. By no means should we go down that road."

In Russia, private possession of handguns and any type of automatic weapon is banned outright. The procedure to obtain a hunting rifle is extremely daunting, as Rafail Ruditsky, head of the Saiga gun club in Moscow, explains:

"First you have to get three medical documents [to prove you're in good mental health and not on drugs], then you need to go to a specialized medical institution for a full check up. Now you're ready to apply for a gun license," he says.



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"It's a good idea to apply for a hunting license at the same time, since that makes it easier but takes a couple weeks. When you have all these documents ready, with a few photos, you go to the local police with your passport to fill in an application. After you pay the fee, it will take up to a month to get your license," he adds.

"If you want to buy a rifle, you'd better get a strongbox first, because if you are buying a weapon, you'd better be prepared for regular police visits [to your home] to check on how your weapon is stored, if all rules are observed, if it's within the reach of children, etc," Mr. Ruditsky says.

Some civil society activists in Russia are arguing, in surprisingly American terms, that building true democracy in Russia requires more freedom to own and bear arms.

"World experience shows that the availability of arms raises the probability that criminal acts will be thwarted and also provides a deterrent effect: Criminals fear not only the police but average citizens, as well," says a statement on the website of Civil Security, a Russian pro-gun lobby.

"Unfortunately [our authorities] either underestimate the importance of the problem or pursue self-interest in their rigid opposition to the idea that citizens should be enabled to protect themselves," it says.

According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the most authoritative source, the US had 4.8 homicides per 100,000 people in 2011 compared to a Russian rate of 10.2 in 2010, the last year for which figures are available.

It's impossible to compare rates of gun homicide, since Russian figures are unavailable. But most anecdotal evidence suggests that the majority of Russian murders originate in domestic disputes, often fueled by alcohol, and the choice of weapons tends to be primitive.

Many observers have pointed out that the US, on the other hand, has the highest per capita rate of gun ownership in the world, and a gun homicide rate that's 20 times the average of other developed countries.

And despite all the restrictions, Russia does witness the occasional gun massacre. Last month, an apparently deranged young man, Dmitry Vinogradov, walked into his former girlfriend's Moscow workplace with two rifles registered under his own name, and killed six people before he was subdued by security guards.

According to Sergei Zainullin, deputy chairman of Russia's Association of Gun Owners, says the weak point in the system — like so many other things in Russia — is corruption.

"The license system works pretty well, but it does happen quite often that people pay to get fake medical certificates" and other needed documents, he says.

"I think that Russia should move on to a system of public control, like the European gun club system" where weapons are stored and regulated by clubs, instead of the state strictly managing every detail, Mr. Zainullin adds.

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