More skilled citizens with guns are needed to back up police officers, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said Monday at the inaugural meeting of the Knesset Caucus on Firearm Policy.
MK Amir Ohana (Likud), who founded the caucus, said "we cannot accept a situation in which citizens of Israel are defending themselves in the street with umbrellas and shopping carts," referring to ways in which Israelis staved off terrorist attacks in recent months.
"The personal security of Israeli citizens is under attack," Ohana stated. "This attack did not start five months ago; rather, it began when the Jewish People returned to its land." Ohana called for a gradual easing of the conditions for reservists who do not have a criminal record or mental health issues to receive gun licenses.