Reform Movement Horrified by Fort Hood Shooting

In response to yesterday’s tragic shooting at Fort Hood in Killeen, TX, Rachel Laser, Deputy Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:

We are deeply saddened by the tragedy that occurred yesterday at Fort Hood. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. This horror cannot help but remind us of the 2009 shooting at the same base. Though the details about the perpetrator’s motivation and the means through which he obtained his weapon are still developing, yesterday’s events reinforce the need to ensure that common-sense gun violence prevention laws are in place to help prevent these incidents and others in which guns lead to the loss of innocent lives.

The Talmud teaches us, ‘He who takes one life it is as though he has destroyed the universe.’ The loss of so many lives is not just devastating – it is unacceptable. We call on members of Congress, the President and people committed to the well being of all Americans to find shared values on gun violence prevention measures that will help ensure the safety of us all.

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One Response to “Reform Movement Horrified by Fort Hood Shooting”

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    I agree with completely with your statements above with regard to the Fort Hood events. For God’s Laws handed to Moses, “Thou Shalt Not Kill,” is but the simple rule. This Man’s Law are no more sturdy but to the weakness of man. So sad that we give up our greed to be force to wait until we are rejoined on the other side to find our loved ones lost so early in life. However, there on that other side we will have eternity – a paradise to which no one can take it away from us. For on this earth our efforts are so fragile – and thus demand more efforts upon efforts to even put the slightest dent in the evil around us. Yet in this effort, we can add that our Constitution does not protect the bullet – it only protects the ownership of arms. If it ever comes to the horror that I should lose my son, I shall go after the bullet manufacturer. Thou it not their cause, it is their result.
    Thank you, for the opportunity to express these thoughts. May the Grace of God be upon us all, my dear friends…

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