BELLEVUE, WA â€“ An armed student at Jerusalemâ€™s Mercaz Haray seminary played a crucial role in stopping a gun-wielding terrorist Thursday, but the American press is downplaying his heroism because it proves that armed students can stop campus gunmen, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today.
Yitzhak Dadon, 40, was described as â€œa private citizen who had a gun license and was able to shoot the gunman with his pistolâ€ by reporter Etgar Lefkovitz with the Jerusalem Post. However, many news agencies in the United States are downplaying Dadonâ€™s decisive role in the incident.
â€œYitzhak Dadon is a hero,â€ said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, â€œand he is living proof that armed students have a place on college campuses. Thankfully, his quick action was reported by the international press, including Mr. Lefkovitz, so unlike incidents here in the United States where the press was able to completely ignore the actions of armed students or teachers, the truth about this incident will not be suppressed.
â€œMr. Dadon is not going to become a victim of this conspiracy of silence,â€ Gottlieb continued. â€œElitist American college administrators, the national press, nor anti-gun politicians can sweep this incident under their rug.â€
Internationally published reports say Dadon studies at the yeshiva, and had his pistol when the shooting erupted. When the gunman emerged from a library, Dadon reportedly shot him twice in the head. The gunman was subsequently shot by the off-duty soldier.
â€œYitzhak Dadonâ€™s apparently well-placed bullets interrupted a rampage,â€ Gottlieb said. â€œWhat a pity that someone like Mr. Dadon was not in class last April at Virginia Tech. What a tragedy that anti-gun extremism would keep him from attending class at Northern Illinois University. He would never be allowed to teach at Columbine High School, hold a job at Trolley Square in Salt Lake City, or go shopping at Omahaâ€™s Westroads Mall.
â€œAmericaâ€™s acquiescence to anti-gun hysteria has led to one tragedy after another,â€ Gottlieb stated. â€œThis disastrous policy has given us nothing but broken hearts and body counts, and itâ€™s got to end. The heroism of an armed Israeli seminary student halfway across the world sends a message that we neednâ€™t submit to murder in victim disarmament zones. Thatâ€™s why his actions are getting such short shrift from Americaâ€™s press. Itâ€™s a story they are loathe to report because it affirms a philosophy of self-reliance that they despise.â€