Posted on: Wednesday June 12, 2019
"An act of violence is an act of desecration."
-Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel
The Rabbinical Assembly calls on every person who stands against gun violence to
TAKE THESE 3 ACTIONS TODAY:
- Urge your Senators to support the Background Check Expansion Act (S. 42), which closes the loophole that allows individuals and unlicensed gun sellers to sell guns without first performing a background check.
- Urge your Senators and Representatives to support the Extreme Risk Protection Order Act of 2019 (S 506 or HR 1236) (“Red Flag laws”). These bills allow family or law enforcement to petition in court for permission to remove weapons from people who are known to be a threat to others or themselves.
- Urge your Senators and Representatives to support the first funding for research on gun violence in many years: Gun Violence Prevention Research Act (S 184) or Gun Violence Prevention Research Act of 2019 (H.R. 674) or National Gun Violence Research Act (HR 435). The first step to saving lives from gun violence is establishing the facts. Allowing the Center for Disease Control and National Institutes of Health to do so will save lives.
The Rabbinical Assembly says: #NotOneMore.
#NotOneMore senseless killing: 32,000+ people lose their lives to gun violence each year
#NotOneMore massacre due to high-capacity magazines and bump stocks
#NotOneMore poor or minority community targeted by gun violence
#NotOneMore suicide by gun: 20,000+ occur each year in the United States
#NotOneMore incident of domestic violence turning even deadlier due to access to guns
We join with all people of faith to say:
We will not accept mass murders and gun deaths to be the norm.
We take the call of “If not now, when?” as the mitzvah of this hour.
Our children lead us.
Photo: USY students at the March for Our Lives in Washington, DC
Read the Rabbinical Assembly’s Position Paper on Gun Violence.