Pro or con guns in synagogues? Opinions vary after Pittsburgh massacre

On an average Saturday morning at the Orthodox Ohel Tefillah synagogue on Chicago’s North Side, about 10% of the men carry a handgun.

That number may seem high in a liberal city with some of the strictest gun laws in the country. But in the aftermath of the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre last year, Rabbi Moshe Revah expects it will grow. He wouldn’t be surprised if 10 of the 40 or so men who pray there each week, around 25% will arrive to services armed. “Definitely, Pittsburgh sparked the interest,” the rabbi said regarding gun ownership. “Originally it was much more of a taboo topic in the community. Definitely people are much more understanding of the idea. There’s more and more problems and things happening.”

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