Ever ready to capitalize on tragedy, Arkansas tax exile Mike Huckabee popped up after the Florida school massacre to say the U.S. should be more like Israel in dealing with guns.

Woo boy was he wrong. As one commentator put it, if Israel is the way to go on guns, let’s do it, now.


Many, many people took Huckabee to school, as you can see at the linked article.

Example, from a former Israeli consul general in New York:



Others noted that Israeli law limits gun ownership to those whose residences or work put them in danger. Indeed, you’ll encounter many soldiers in Israel carrying weapons, but:

As JTA’s Ben Sales reported in 2012, the ubiquity of gun-toting soldiers in Israel is deceptive: Once those soldiers finish their service, they are subject to civilian gun control regulations that are much stricter than American laws.

“Unlike in the United States, where the right to bear arms is guaranteed in the Constitution’s Second Amendment, Israel’s department of public security considers gun ownership a privilege, not a right. With few exceptions, gun owners in Israel are limited to owning one pistol, and must undergo extensive mental and physical tests before they can receive a weapon. Those who have not served in the military or in a government volunteer agency must wait until age 27 to apply for a firearms license. Gun owners are limited to 50 rounds of ammunition per year. West Bank settlers can obtain permits to carry guns for security purposes,” he wrote.

In short, any 18-year-old in Israel cannot walk up to a gun counter, purchase a semi-automatic AR-15 assault rifle, a stack of magazines and thousands of rounds of ammo and walk out minutes later equipped to slaughter fellow students.

In short, Huckabee may be onto something about Israel, just not the way he thinks. It’s a wonder he hasn’t ginned up a make-money-quick-deal as he did after the Jonesboro school massacre. But there are so many of them now.

Gun control works. And it’s not unconstitutional.