Tag Archives: Gun Violence Prevention

Solemn Gun Violence Anniversaries This Week

Too often we are reminded of the presence of gun violence in our society—there seems to be a moment of silence or remembrance far too often. On Sunday, we were reminded yet again by the shooting in Overland Park, Kansas ,  yesterday we remembered the seventh anniversary of the shooting at Virginia Tech.  and next Monday we will again remember those lost at Columbine High School. These tragic anniversaries, which, unfortunately, occur year-round, remind us of lives taken before their time and the plague that is easy access to guns in America. Read more…

Kansas Jewish Community Center

Responding to the Tragic Shooting at Jewish Community Sites in Kansas

In response to today’s shootings at several Jewish communal institutions in Overland Park, KS, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:

We mourn the tragic loss of life in today’s shootings in the Overland Park, Kansas Jewish community. Information about the perpetrator is still being uncovered, but early reports indicate that anti-Semitism may have been a factor. If so, it is a tragic reminder, this day before Jews around the world observe Passover, of the hatred that continues to plague our world. It is also yet another horrific instance of an act of senseless violence involving the use of guns to take innocent lives. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those killed and injured in today’s shootings. May the memories of those lost be forever a blessing.

The main gate at the Fort Hood Army Base is seen on South Fort Hood Street in Killeen, Texas on November 7, 2009. Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan is charged with the deaths of 13 and 29 others wounded after a shooting spree at the Fort Hood army base on November 5. UPI/Robert Hughes

Fort Hood Tragedy Reignites Mental Health Debate

In response to the shooting at Fort Hood last week that left four dead and sixteen injured, Rachel Laser, Deputy Director of the Religious Action Center released a 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.” Read more…

When We Have Nothing Left to Say to One Another

By Rabbi Doug Sagal

Last year, my synagogue hosted a forum on gun violence prevention.  The forum was presented by a local advocacy group that had been founded in the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy. Amongst the speakers were former Governor Jim Florio, who had worked to strengthen gun safety legislation, a dad whose son was killed at Virginia Tech, and several members of the clergy.  Also in attendance was a large group from the “New Jersey Second Amendment Society,” an organization of gun advocates who travel to meetings to show their opposition to any further gun safety legislation. Because there had been some unpleasantness at a previous meeting in the community, there were several local and county police officers in attendance to ensure a peaceful meeting. Read more…

Stop Gun Violence

Frightening Gun Laws Moving in Statehouses

Recently, two dangerous bills thwarting efforts to enact common-sense gun violence prevention measures are moving in Boise and Atlanta. Read more…

This Day in History: Brady Background Checks as Law

On November 30, 1994, President Bill Clinton signed the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, which established background checks on all firearm purchases from federally licensed dealers.   The name of the law honored Jim Brady, who served as President Ronald Reagan’s Press Secretary was and shot in the head in 1981 during an assassination attempt on the president’s life by a dangerously mentally ill man. Today, February 28, 2014, marks 20 years since the provisions of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act took effect.  To date, Brady background checks have prevented over 2 million gun sales in the United States. Read more…

Gun Violence Prevention in 2014: Off to a Great Start

Yesterday, five days after the announcement of two executive orders from the desk of President Obama that move his gun violence prevention agenda forward, former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords published an op-ed in the New York Times marking the three-year anniversary of the shooting in Tuscon, Arizona, that left her with a permanent brain injury. Read more…

Bashana haba’ah, In the New Year to Come (Part 2)

As we close the book on 2013 and turn to welcome a new year, the 2013-2014 Eisendrath Legislative Assistants are wrapping up their first four months at the Religious Action Center, filled with challenges, successes, new adventures, numerous trips to Starbucks and a lot of fun! Looking towards the next weeks and months, a new year, the LA’s compiled a little “wish-list” for what they hope our nation can achieve. If you missed it, you can read part 1 here.

Howie Levine

The Minimum Wage Fairness Act would raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour and give 30 million Americans a raise. Working full time on the current minimum wage is not enough to keep even a family of two above the poverty line, but this legislation would give an opportunity to a minimum wage worker to support a family of three above the poverty line—not ideal, but better than the status quo. Read more…