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Urge Congress to Take Immediate Action to Stop Gun Violence

Our nation is once again reeling from another devastating mass shooting. This time, a gunman armed with an assault weapon murdered 17 students and teachers, and injured 14 more, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. As Reform Jews, we cannot afford to stay silent. We need your help to demand that our legislators take action to stop these massacres and address the unacceptably high rates of gun violence in our country. 



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  • Background:

    Gun violence kills over 30,000 Americans every single year. The rate of gun violence in the United States is up to 25 times higher than other developed countries. The devastating massacre in Parkland was the 18th school shooting of 2018. Enough is enough.

    Our elected officials must hear from their constituents that inaction is not an option. No more empty calls for thoughts and prayers. No more excuses for abrogating their basic responsibility to protect the safety of the American people. We are urging Congress to urgently adopt eight policy proposals, all of which would improve public safety, prevent gun violence, and save lives. The policies include:

    • Banning the purchase and sale of assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines.
    • Opposing expanded concealed carry reciprocity legislation, which would allow anyone with a concealed carry permit in one state to carry a concealed weapon in all states.
    • Establishing universal background checks, closing the private sale loophole, and strengthening the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
    • Repealing the Dickey Amendment and restoring funding to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for research on gun violence.
    • Closing the Charleston loophole, which permits federally licensed dealers to sell guns to purchasers if three business days pass without a positive verdict on their background check from the FBI.
    • Enacting a gun violence restraining order law, which would temporarily prohibit an individual from purchasing or possessing firearms when deemed by a judge to pose a danger to self or others.
    • Opposing legislative efforts to deregulate the purchase and sale of gun silencers.
    • Closing the boyfriend loophole, which allows convicted abusers and stalkers to buy and own firearms.

     

    Jewish values:

    Leviticus 19:16 instructs us, “Do not stand idly by while your neighbor’s blood is shed.” For too long, Congress has stood idly by, mass shooting after mass shooting, refusing to take action to prevent the next massacre from happening. May the 17 lives lost in Parkland not be lost in vain.

    Further, 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). Each victim of gun violence leaves behind loving parents and siblings, family and friends, and every day, 93 universes are shattered by gun violence in the United States. As Reform Jews, it is our duty to demand that Congress take action to pass common sense gun legislation and save countless innocent lives.

     

    More Information:

    For more information, contact Eisendrath Legislative Assistant Matt Fidel at (202) 387-2800 or visit the RAC's Gun Violence Prevention issue page. In addition to sending an email through our form above, you can also call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.