Most important pull quote from Aaron Tobin's comment below: "When bad people know you are able to protect yourself with lethal force, they do not attack you."
Seriously, Jews should know that better than anybody.
Let me get this straight. The synagogue has had ZERO threats. They have had no threatening calls, emails, letters or brochures sent to them, yet they sit around in a "sacred listening circle" listening to each other's concerns after calling the Police to protect them?
Amazing! How about being proactive and taking a self defense class, and a concealed pistol class to defend themselves, their families and their community. When bad people know you are able to protect yourself with lethal force, they do not attack you