March 13, 2018

Memo to gun control activists: #NeverAgain means one thing only

Tiffany GabbayRebel Staff

I don't believe in oppression Olympics.

Human beings the world over who are persecuted, subjugated, ethnically cleansed, left behind, or targeted for violence in any way — be they innocent children gunned down at an American school or a minority community trampled under the jackboot of a totalitarian regime — deserve our attention, compassion, and aid. We should be able to recognize the legitimate suffering of others without qualifiers or caveats or above all, feeling the need to displace one victim to make room for another.

Which is why I am so disturbed by the co-opting of the phrase "Never Again."

I'm not sure if anyone watched the Oscars — likely not, its ratings hit an all-time low this year, and rightly so. If you did bother to tune in, however, you may have caught the moment when host Jimmy Kimmel rattled off a list of solidarity hashtags and movements like MeToo. But, included in Jimmy's laundry list — right there at the end — was also a quiet mumble of... what was that I heard?

It was: "Never Again."

Of course Kimmel was not referring to the Holocaust or present day victims of anti-Semitism. That much was clear the moment he uttered those two inviolable words. No, he recited them as if they had just been coined by March for Our Lives, the political movement currently exploiting the tragic Parkland shooting and appropriating a solemn vow made by and for and to the Jewish people following our genocide.

#NeverAgain is now a solidarity hashtag. You can get your cool, #NeverAgain swag online and donate to the March for Your Life GoFundMe page, which to date, has raked in close to its $3.5 million goal. The New Yorker even published a column asserting how the Parkland survivors started the "Never Again" movement.

There is truly nothing sacred anymore. Absolutely nothing sacred in this cesspool of incessant virtue-signaling, political posturing and victimhood oneupmanship.

Never Again means something.

And it doesn't mean what the social justice interlopers now want you to believe it does.

Those two words — Never Again — have been immortalized as a way of searing into the collective psyche the horrors endured by the Jewish people —and the Jewish people distinctly — leading up to and during the Holocaust. Those words are recited with the purpose of ensuring that mass extermination will Never Again be revisited on the Jewish people.

We use it to remind us why a nuclear Iran — with its genocidal aspirations concerning Israel — must be stopped dead in its tracks. We repeat this sober and somber vow whenever innocent children — entire families — are murdered by Palestinian terrorists: by rocket or gunfire, by knives or vehicular rampage.

We use Never Again routinely in response to the rise in anti-Semitism worldwide.

We use it to decry the grim reality: that despite our innumerable positive contributions to the societies in which we've assimilated, we are being run out of the UK and France and Sweden and other so-called civilized Western democracies by Islamic radicals who open fire on our shops and cafes, assault us as we walk down our streets, firebomb our synagogues, attack our children in our schools.

We use Never Again to implore the elected leaders of said civilized Western democracies to see what is occurring right before their very eyes — that history is repeating itself — and do something about it.

We use Never Again to repudiate the anti-Semitism and hypocrisy of the Left, be it manifested by the BDS or Women's March movements, or by Democrats who vilify Israel and cavort with the likes of Louis Farrakhan. We use it to denounce fringe, alt-right groups that blame Israel and the Jewish people for the world's woes.

Throughout history, we, the Jewish people, have been run out — or burned out — of nearly every country in which we have settled. Even those we called home for millennia. We use two sacred words to remind the world why the existence of the Jewish State is so vital in ensuring that NEVER AGAIN will the Jewish people, specifically, have nowhere to run to when the hammer comes down. We use those words to convey, with gravitas, that our existence as a people, and that our homeland in Israel, is non-negotiable.

Those two words and their meaning do not detract from the legitimacy of any other victim in this world, nor does it negate our shared empathy for their suffering. The Parkland school shooting was a heartbreaking tragedy that should have been prevented. As a mother — as a human being — I stand in resolve with others of goodwill in finding a solution to ending the violence that has gripped our nation and continues to threaten the sanctity of our children's safe havens.

But by co-opting Never Again and applying it to something wholly unrelated to its true intent, those with a political agenda seek not to elevate a noble movement bent on safeguarding our children, but rather rewrite a history that must never be forgotten or adulterated.

So, to those who might be confused by the origins and true meaning of these sacred words, or to the younger generation for whom history — even as recent as the 20th century — is alien: "Never Again" means one thing and one thing only.

And don't let anybody tell you otherwise.

 

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commented 2018-03-23 23:21:37 -0400
Very good article. I agree with u 100%. It makes me sick to see my country,Canada, also stealing the sacred slogan to have our ignorant school kids marching for something they know nothing about. I will add, I find it insulting as a law abiding gun owner that I have to have my freedoms and rights infringed on because criminals use guns to kill people. My guns don’t kill people, leave me alone bleeding heart anti Semitic liberals. If u get your gun control wishes u will be achieving what Hitler did leading up to his evil acts. Better background checks of course, but don’t think for a second any criminals will follow any of your new gun laws.
commented 2018-03-19 11:36:08 -0400
“Never again” and the social-justice minded Jews are natural allies. Don’t create discord where none need exist.
commented 2018-03-16 22:40:48 -0400
Guns don’t kill people, only idiots with guns kill people.

If we banned everything idiots kill people with we would have nothing. rope would be banned, kitchen knifes, water, electricity, cars, bats, 2 × 4′s , screwdrivers, fire, rocks, teacups, etc, etc, where will it end.
You cannot punish, take rights away or exert control over the masses for what stupidity a few do to the innocent. Punish the ones that commit the crimes, don’t lash out on all for the hateful, stupid acts of the few.
commented 2018-03-15 04:45:19 -0400
James McMaster… You have a point .!!
commented 2018-03-14 11:14:13 -0400
“Canadiens involved in the fire arms community should be burying their MPs in paperwork right now . "

Right, FLAT EARTH. However, we are in the present situation because Canadians prefer to be in a perpetual “should” category instead of “did”.
commented 2018-03-14 01:50:07 -0400
Lots of people hate Jews. You got them all over the place. That does not necessarily mean that they are Nazis.
commented 2018-03-14 01:49:35 -0400
Trotsky was a Jew and he was a hard-core Marxist Communist as well as an advisor to Stalin until Stalin murdered him in a power-play.. I’m not anti-Jew but nobody gets a free pass when it comes to genocide… Everybody is guilty and we should all be fair and one side doesn’t get more recognition than the other.
commented 2018-03-14 01:46:34 -0400
Stalin was a Jew and so was Lennon and so are the Bolsheviks and they killed at least 100 million Christians right after they disarmed them.!!
commented 2018-03-14 01:06:21 -0400
Space Moose they probably saw Hitler as a means to an end as well, nothing else. I doubt they loved him or anything as well.
commented 2018-03-13 22:19:54 -0400
The left hate Jews & love gun control. It’s far past time we stop letting leftists get away with saying Nazis & fascists were right-wing or far right. They, like the communists, were big government far left socialists attempting to make Marx failed philosophy come to life. Dinesh D’Souza did a great job of breaking this down in his book – The Big Lie.
commented 2018-03-13 21:28:17 -0400
So I will concede the point on Islamic countries. But this in no way means that Muslims in general are in favor of Hitler.

And the Jews do not own NEVER AGAIN.
commented 2018-03-13 18:12:35 -0400
Space Moose are you going to deny Holodomor as well? And the left is using the term to try and equate a shooting to the Holocaust, it is dishonest and vile and an insult to the victims and those who died.
commented 2018-03-13 18:11:18 -0400
Space Moose it is not revision because you do not like it. You really need to learn some history.
commented 2018-03-13 17:58:22 -0400
Flat Earth..Flat Water, yes I agree, flood MP’s with letters.
commented 2018-03-13 17:31:36 -0400
James McMaster… That is a very dangerously worded letter and I’ll Canadiens involved in the fire arms community should be burying their MPs in paperwork right now .
commented 2018-03-13 15:57:25 -0400
The Brotherhood : Investigating The Muslim Brotherhood – Documentary, 2016 ( French with English subtitles)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5C1NyDnGfW8

The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Al Husseini, who did create an alliance with Hitler was friends with the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hassan al -Banna.
commented 2018-03-13 14:25:26 -0400
SPACE MOOSE commented: “If there was some kind of an alliance, then please tell me which Islamic countries fought on the side of the Germans in the second world war?”

There were NO islamic country to speak off during 1930’s & 40’s. Modern islamic countries are the result of stupid, evil & greedy western politicians.
Turkey, after the collapse of ottoman empire (last islamic caliphate), was declared a secular modern state under Kemal Ataturk in 1920’s. Saudi Arabia still in its infancy was poorer than a church mouse. Rest of the middle east was either French or British protectorate. Persian empire, under largely secular Shah dynasty, was an ally of British (shahs were hand over the throne of persia in 1920’s by British authorities after overthrowing tyrannical Qajar dynasty).
Nonetheless, historically the muslim population of orient countries have persistently been anti-Jew, the only reason they didn’t openly revolted against allied forces, then stationed in their territory, and helped nazi cause was they had absolutely no idea what was going on in the concentration camps. Majority of middle eastern population was illiterate, had no access to european news, they didn’t even know about world war, any concentration camps or extermination of Jews, otherwise they’d have rejoiced at the very idea of destruction of Jews & helped nazis overwhelmingly.
To further elaborate my point; Among British-India Army POW in Italian Camps which comprised of native hindu, muslim & sikh population, many volunteered to join Nazis. Thousands of sikhs & muslims joined Wehrmacht. There was even a Waffen-SS battalion named Azad-Hind Waffen -SS comprising muslims & sikhs from India. Some were most certainly stationed at these concentration camps.
commented 2018-03-13 12:28:01 -0400
If there was some kind of an alliance, then please tell me which Islamic countries fought on the side of the Germans in the second world war?
commented 2018-03-13 11:42:08 -0400
Here is a letter a buddy of mine received from Goodale’s press secretary in response to questions my friend had asked about the Liberal’s pending gun legislation. Mr. Bardsley’s phone number and email contact info are at the bottom of the page. Feel free to express your concerns. I have told him that if there is anything in the legislation that moves firearms that are currently non-restricted into restricted/prohibited categories, or anything that remotely resembles registration, along with my family and friends, I will do my damnedest to unseat our Liberal MP when the next election rolls round.

While overall crime rates in Canada are much lower than they were several decades ago, homicides, gun crime and gang activity have been steadily increasing. Gun homicides almost doubled over the past four years, rising to 223 in 2016. Over half are gang-related.

The government believes in effective firearms measures that prioritize public safety while ensuring fair treatment for law-abiding firearms owners. To that end:
•We are investing an additional $327.6 million over five years, and $100 million annually thereafter, for the Initiative to Take Action Against Guns and Gangs to protect Canadian communities;
•To advance joint action for future prevention, intervention and enforcement initiatives, on March 7, 2018, we held a Summit on Gun and Gang Violence with representatives from provincial and territorial governments, municipalities, Indigenous communities, law enforcement, academia, and youth and community organizations from across the country;
•In the coming weeks, we will bring forward effective firearms legislation that prioritizes public safety while ensuring fair treatment for law-abiding firearms owners.
•We stopped the previous government’s practice of contradicting law enforcement experts about weapons classification.
•We reversed a ministerial directive that allowed gun manufacturers to determine the classification of their own products.
•We established a more representative Firearms Advisory Committee that includes representation from law enforcement, farmers, civilian firearms users, public health advocates, women’s groups, conservation organizations, and the legal community. Committee members represent a broad range of interests because decisions about firearms affect all Canadians. They are hard at work examining firearms issues.

To be clear, we have said all along that we will not recreate a federal long-gun registry, and we won’t.

While we are unable to comment on the contents legislation until a bill is tabled in the House of Commons due to Parliamentary convention, I would note that last week Minister Goodale said:

“As controversial as measures related to firearms can be, and you have seen the debates provoked in the past around these issues, that particular point with respect to background checks and making sure that it is a system that works to protect public safety, that is an area where there is broad consensus. Our goal is to prioritize public safety and … making sure that we are being practical and fair with respect to legitimate firearms owners."

While we cannot talk about the substance of caucus discussions, we can confirm that our firearms legislation is informed by extensive caucus consultations. Those consultations have included:
•Minister Goodale holding caucus-wide consultations twice and meeting regional caucuses six times;
•Parliamentary Secretary Mark Holland meeting five regional caucus and holding countless one-on-one discussions;
•Extensive one-on-one meetings between caucus members and staff from the Minister’s office. Efforts in the past to deal with a topic that has the potential to become controversial have ended up foundering. When Minister Goodale puts forward the final legislative package, he is committed to making sure that we get it right and that it is one that will succeed.

Scott

Scott Bardsley

Press Secretary | Attaché de presse

Office of the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

Cabinet du ministre de la Sécurité publique et de la Protection civile

scott.bardsley@canada.ca | 613-998-5681
commented 2018-03-13 09:09:20 -0400
The holocaust will always be open for debate but personal firearm ownership keeps citizens free and in control.. Capital punishment should be reinstated for henious crimes and carried out swiftly within days or weeks of the trial.. For those that don’t understand the value of armed citizens every dictator on the planet has either disarmed his countrybefore assuming control or has inherited the country already disarmed…
commented 2018-03-13 07:55:10 -0400
Space Moose, obviously you are having a great deal trouble accepting this area of history, there is no rewriting taking place. Nazi’s and Islamic fundamentalists from across the arab world did form an alliance during the Holocaust, the glue that binds them was Jew hatred & the goal was to exterminate them. This is documented.

Many books have been written about World War 2 and Never Again is clearly and intentionally used when talking about the Holocaust. Forget Not, Remember is another example.
commented 2018-03-13 02:26:53 -0400
How much do you people need to rewrite history to fit your narrative? As far as you people are concerned, Islam and Nazi are the same thing.

Yes, Hitler had allies that were not European white. He did, afterall, have Japan as an ally. At the end of the day, Hitler was still a white supremacist bigot. Do you really think that some megalomaniac like Hitler would take advice on something on the scale of the final solution?

This is all revisionism. The right and the left have the same damn problem. Anything you do not like, you find ways of attaching it to Hitler.

On the topic of never again, this is the right wing Jewish version of cultural appropriation. Pundits like Tiffany believe that you are not allowed to use the two words put together unless it is in reference to Jewish rights.
commented 2018-03-13 01:58:44 -0400
Why is it that the same idiots who want “gun control”, refuse to control the border? Can’t have one without the other.
commented 2018-03-13 01:24:33 -0400
I also apply NEVER AGAIN to the commie Holocaust of Many Ukrainians. Sorry SJW and left wing idiots , we will never bow to your beloved forms of Tyranny.
commented 2018-03-13 01:22:20 -0400
Space Moose Tammie is right, Hitler saw them as a means to an end.