It’s time to act to prevent gun violence

It’s time to act to prevent gun violence

With the 2020 election cycle in its final stages, many issues are on the minds of people in the Jewish community. Concern about the pandemic, economic decline and racial justice issues are paramount to many. But related to all of those, and arguably just as much a crisis right now, is the problem of gun violence. Jewish voters should be keeping the topic of gun violence prevention top of mind as they make their voting decisions. As Jews, we know that our Torah teaches us that to save even one life is to save the entire world. Our gun violence epidemic is taking the lives of more than 100 people in the United States every day. For every person killed, two more are wounded. Sadly, the presence of COVID-19 has made many issues related to gun violence worse. Unprecedented increases in gun sales, combined with economic distress and social isolation, are intensifying the country’s gun violence crisis. For example, with more children at home rather than at school during the day due to COVID, unintended deaths of children increased by more than 30% from March through May compared with the March-May averageof the past three years. As Jews, we also know that hate crimes against people of our faith make up the majority of religious hate crimes. We are approaching the two-year mark of the mass shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh that killed 11 people and wounded six. The shooter had posted anti-Semitic statements on social […]

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