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Armed Jews Have A New Leader

Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership -- which bills itself as the most aggressive gun-rights organization in America -- has a new Executive Director, Mr. Charles Heller of Tucson. Charles is a firearms instructor, radio talk-show host, and a founder and board member of the Arizona Citizens Defense League, one of the nation's leading gun-rights groups.

Aaron Zelman (1946 - 2010), a dedicated and tireless civil-rights advocate, founded Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership in 1986. For 24 years, Aaron guided the organization to a position of prominence and respect within the firearms and larger human-rights communities. He also earned the enmity of groups pressing for civilian disarmament, such as the Brady Campaign to Promote Gun Violence, the Violence Policy Center, the Anti-Defamation League, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the federal Centers for Disease Control, the United Nations, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and groups less demanding than JPFO in the defense of gun rights. JPFO's three main goals are:

--Destroy so-called “gun control” (code words for disarming innocent people).

--Expose the misguided notions that lead people to seek out so-called “gun control.”

--Encourage Americans to understand and defend all of the Bill of Rights for all citizens. The Second Amendment is the “Guardian” of the Bill of Rights.

The group has produced nationally acclaimed and award-winning books, videos and documentaries, including the highly controversial No Guns For Negroes, No Guns For Jews, Dial 911 and Die,  Innocents Betrayed (concerning genocide of disarmed populations) and more. With Aaron's passing on Dec. 21, 2010, JPFO's board of directors, along with an inner circle of close colleagues, proceeded to ensure JPFO's continuing struggle to protect freedom, and the right of all people to keep and bear arms. The search for a new director was completed and officially announced last week.

JPFO's new Executive Director
Meet Charles Heller:


I grew up in Chicago, the son of a law-enforcement officer and grandson of a judge. I knew what certiorari was before I knew of the infield-fly rule. I had a BB-gun rifle range in the basement of my grandfather's house, and fired thousands of shots before my teen years. Our scout troop met at Kesser Mariv Synagogue, and I was Bar Mitzvah at B'nai Jacob.

In 1978 I moved to Arizona, specifically for the right to keep and bear arms, when Chicago would no longer accept a gun registration. I am literally a political refugee.

I am one of four co-founders of the Arizona Citizens Defense League, the primary self-defense civil-rights lobby in Arizona. We are responsible for the passage of Constitutional Carry here, the right to carry openly or concealed without a permission slip from government, and numerous other cutting-edge gun laws that protect and expand the G-d given right to keep and bear arms.

I am the host of Swap Shop, Liberty Watch, and America Armed & Free radio programs on KVOI in Tucson, and have been on the air for 13 years.

13 years is a good omen -- 13 original American colonies, 13 stars in our original flag, a Jew becomes a man in the faith, "Bar Mitzvah," at 13 years of age. Go get 'em Charles!

Visit JPFO and show them your support, get on their free alerts list (nothing else like it!) http://jpfo.org, buy a video and see something you will NOT see on broadcast TV. Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership in definitely one-of-a-kind -- Good luck Charles (a close personal friend I can recommend wholeheartedly) in steering this amazing group thorugh its next phase!

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