A gun shop just outside of Colorado Springs, Colorado, has offered a free AR-15 or handgun to Rabbis following the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting.
The owner of the shop, Mel Bernstein, is offering the weapons for free alongside training and ammunition. Speaking about the offer, the owner compared an active shooter situation to a fire, likening a firearm to a fire extinguisher as a tool to be used to fight the fire.
Scott Levin of the Anti-Defamation League says that he does not think the idea is helpful, saying that members of the clergy carrying weapons will hurt the image of the synagogue. Instead, Levin says that panic buttons should be installed, and potentially armed security.