Aaron S. Zelman

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Aaron S. Zelman (March 4, 1946 - December 21, 2010) was an American gun rights advocate, author, and founder of Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership.

Career[edit]

Zelman was best known as the founder and executive director of Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership (JFPO), which he founded in 1989 in Wisconsin. He was an author and co-author of books and articles about gun rights, on which he took an absolutist stance on the meaning of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. In addition, he produced and co-produced films on the subject.[1] News of Zelman's death was recognized by a newspaper serving Wisconsin's Jewish community,[1] as well as libertarian and radical right groups.

Life[edit]

Zelman was born in March 1946 in Massachusetts, but reared in Tucson, Arizona, by his grandmother. He served in the U.S. Navy as a medic to Marines, working awhile as a psychiatric unit assistant to returning Vietnam War veterans. After different sales jobs, and work as a gun dealer, he ultimately settled in Wisconsin.[1][2] At the time of his death in December 2010, Zelman was survived by his wife and two sons. One son, Erik, a University of Wisconsin student, died in July 2012 from complications of Marfan syndrome.[3][4]

Partial bibliography[edit]

  • "Zelman, Aaron; Neuens, Michael L. (1986). Consumer's Guide to Handguns: Tough, unbiased test reports show you which guns are reliable and your best values. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Stackpole Books. p. 197. OCLC 12556917. "
  • "Zelman, Aaron; Simkin, Jay (1992). Gun Control: Gateway to Tyranny. Hartford, Wisconsin: Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership. p. 139. OCLC 29535251. "
  • "Zelman, Aaron; Smith, L. Neil (1999). The Mitzvah. Hartford, Wisconsin: Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership. p. 245. OCLC 44589381. "
  • "Zelman, Aaron; Stevens, Richard W. (2001). Death by Gun Control: The Human Cost of Victim Disarmament. Hartford, Wisconsin: Mazel Freedom Press. p. 338. OCLC 49718155. "
  • "Smith, L. Neil; Zelman, Aaron (2009). Hope. Rockville, Maryland: Phoenix Pick. p. 245. OCLC 265735832. "

Gran'pa Jack series[edit]

  • "Zelman, Aaron; Stevens, Richard W. (1997). Gran'pa Jack says: It's common sense to use our Bill of Rights. Hartford, Wisconsin: Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership. p. 47. OCLC 778561793. "
  • "Zelman, Aaron; Stevens, Richard W. (1998). Gran'pa Jack exposes - Gun Control is Racist!: Facts that racists don't want you to know!. Hartford, Wisconsin: Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership. p. 23. OCLC 778562970. "
  • "Stevens, Richard W.; Zelman, Aaron (1999). Gran'pa Jack exposes how the United Nations is killing your freedoms!. Hartford, Wisconsin: Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership. p. 23. OCLC 53168946. "

See also[edit]

Anti-Defamation League

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Kahn, Diana; Cohen, Leon (January 30, 2011). "Zelman was impassioned defender of firearms rights". Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle. Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Archived from the original on March 24, 2014. Retrieved March 23, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Aaron S. Zelman Obituary". legacy.com. December 23, 2010. Retrieved March 23, 2014. originally published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  3. ^ Rattner, Heidi (August 31, 2012). "UWM student was a tzaddik and mentsch". Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle. Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Archived from the original on March 24, 2014. Retrieved March 23, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Erik Zelman Obituary". legacy.com. July 25, 2012. Retrieved March 23, 2014. originally published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Further reading[edit]

  • "Cohn, Jonathan (June 22, 1998). "Guns 'n' Moses". The New Republic. Retrieved March 23, 2014. "

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