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Urge Your Members of Congress to Support President Obama’s Executive Order to Address Gun Violence

Recently, President Obama issued an executive order to address gun violence, an issue that affects communities nationwide, as we have seen in the tragedies at Sandy Hook Elementary, Umpqua Community College in Oregon, and most recently in San Bernardino, California. Though on their own, the President’s actions are significant and meaningful, congressional support is needed to comprehensively tackle this crisis, to fund and fully implement the executive order, and to make sure these common sense steps are not overturned by future presidents. Take action and urge your Members of Congress to support President Obama’s executive order to prevent gun violence.  

 
Background:

President Obama’s executive order addresses four key issues surrounding gun violence: background checks, community-based fixes, mental health and gun safety technology. The order requires background checks on more gun sales as more individuals will now need to obtain a license to sell firearms. Further, the order seeks to hire hundreds of new staff to help improve the national background check system and enforce existing laws. The President also seeks more money for mental health treatment. Although the actions taken by President Obama are significant and meaningful, there is still much work that needs to be done. Congress must act to ensure its success in keeping Americans safe. 



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    Jewish tradition emphasizes the sanctity and primary value of human life. The Talmud teaches us that "he who takes one life it is as though he has destroyed the universe and he who saves one life it is as though he has saved the universe," (Mishnah Sanhedrin 4:5). Taking action to prevent gun violence will help save countless lives and repair some of what is broken in our world.

    Take Action:

    Urge your Member of Congress to support President Obama’s recent executive order to address gun violence. By doing so, you can help prevent further devastating tragedies of gun violence.

    To reach your Member of Congress, call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Eisendrath Legislative Assistant Tracy Wolf at 202-387-2800.