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RIP - A quiet activist

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by ieszu, Mar 20, 2008.

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  1. ieszu

    ieszu Member

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    Trying to figure that out....
    This morning I got a major wake-up call. One of the major influences in my life, a Rabbi Irvin Chinn, passed away this morning.

    You may ask why I bring this up on THR. I mean, why would a eulogy belong on a gun-forum???

    Let me try and explain as best I could.

    I have known Rabbi Chinn since I was in 9th grade. He guided me, taught me about life and shaped my world-view. After college, I studied under him for my own rabbinic ordination. When I passed the required tests, he told me that although I had the knowledge, I did not have the fire for inspiring people, and that another line of work might be better suited for me.

    I came back to him a few months later, and mentioned going to gunsmithing school, and I wanted his opinion before I applied.

    He gave his blessing, and mentioned that he thought it was an honorable profession, and that he was honored that I sought his opinion and advise.

    When my father called him up to ask why I had such a crazy idea in his head, he answered very simply, "King David had sword makers and bow makers. This is merely the technological equivalent... If we have no fault with them back then, how could we have a fault with gunsmiths?"

    My father thought about it, talked it over with my mother, and they gave their consent to my new chosen profession.

    Whenever any of the liberal Jews in the community asked him how he could take such a position, he merely said, "One day you will need people like him, and you will forget that you once thought he was worse than a criminal."

    He did more for changing people minds about firearms, and the practical uses they could have, than most RKBA activists I know of.

    He constantly talked about the need for self-protection, and how if people took responsibility for their own actions, the world would be another few steps closer to perfection.

    I had asked him to officiate at my wedding, but because of health reasons he had to decline. He passed away this morning, and the world will be a much poorer place without him.
     
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  2. siglite

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    Very sorry to hear about that. He sounds like he was a good man. But he will live on through you, as you will pass on his wisdom, flavored with your own.
     
  3. The Unknown User

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    Damn, that's one hell of a role model. I'm sorry for your loss.
     
  4. Keegan

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    It sounds like he was a very wise man. The community was lucky to have him.
     
  5. Chipperman

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    Sorry for your loss.

    Continue to pass on his stories and wisdom.
     
  6. Sylvan-Forge

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    Alav Hashalom
     
  7. Blackbeard

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    The world has lost a good man. My condolences.
     
  8. glockman19

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    Peace be upon him
     
  9. Grandpa Shooter

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    Ah, to have such a good man as counselor and mentor. We should all be so blessed. Live in peace!
     
  10. Orthonym

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    My most earnest and sincere condolences to you, Sir, and may he rest in peace.
     
  11. Rob G

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    I'm sorry for you loss. Men like that are rare in this world and the impact they leave on our lives is immeasurable.
     
  12. george29

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    The Silent Majority Lives On. RIP.
     
  13. nplant

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    Here's to Rabbi Irvin Chinn. May he continue to influence this world through students like you.
     
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    עַל יִשְׂרָאֵל וְעַל רַבָּנָן וְעַל תַּל

    So to look forward in the prayer: Upon him and his students, and his students' students ... may you have much peace. Which is probably what he wanted for you and all of us, and hopefully what he now has.
     
  15. Brian Dale

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    I am sorry to learn that he is gone, but grateful that he lived, and that you chose to let us know about him and of his influence upon you.

    You'll strive to live up to the example that he set as your mentor. The world will be poorer without him, but richer for what he gave to those whom he taught.

    Thank you, ieszu, for sharing your memory of a man who was a good example for us all.
     
  16. Grizzly Adams

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    Sorry for your lose. We all hope that when we pass that we well have touched just one person in such way that he or she will want to pass kind words about us on to others.
     
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    "It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived."
    - George S. Patton, Jr.
     
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