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  • Make it happen: Stop the gun violence

    By Rob Eshman

    11 hours ago

    Jeb Bush, meet Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel.

    In the immediate aftermath of the Umpqua Community College mass shooting that left 10 people dead, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said something pretty dumb.

    “We’re in a difficult time in our country, and I don’t think more government...

  • Jewish groups urge passage of gun control legislation

    1 week ago

    This post was originally published on jewishinsider.com.

    Major Jewish organizations are lining up behind President Barack Obama’s call on Congress to pass effective gun control legislation in wake of the horrific shooting and the killing of at least nine students at Umpqua...

  • The Execution of Texas Deputy Sherriff Darren H. Goforth

    By Ilana Angel

    August 29, 2015 | 11:28 pm

    I've tried to write about this murder since I heard about it but haven’t had the words. There are things I want to say but worry I will write the wrong thing. There are a lot of stories being written about what happened in Texas and it will be a while before we know the truth about...

  • Stop! Don’t Shoot!

    By Mindy Leaf

    August 9, 2015 | 3:48 pm

    Another day, another senseless shooting.

    We bring you this summer's blockbuster season of random shootings in our nation's movie theaters! See guns discharged by madmen in quiet suburbs of Tennessee and Louisiana! (The message may be a rerun, but it's no less frightening.)...

  • After ‘Trainwreck’ shooting, Amy and Charles Schumer join for gun control

    August 4, 2015 | 9:48 am

    U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer of New York joined with his cousin, comedian Amy Schumer, to launch a campaign for gun control.

    At a news conference at the senator’s office in Manhattan on Monday, Amy Schumer said she agreed to his request for the campaign, dubbed “Schumer and Schumer,...

  • Unrestricted gun culture needs to stop — now

    By Ellie Herman

    June 24, 2015 | 12:04 pm

    This past year, I led an after-school class on argument and critical reasoning with a group of gifted eighth-graders in Compton. The final was an in-class debate on gun control. There were passionate arguments on both sides, which is what I’d hoped for, and as the kids prepared, I...

  • Obama cites Israel in arguing for gun control

    June 22, 2015 | 3:28 pm

    President Barack Obama compared Israel favorably to the United States in making a point about gun violence.

    “Here are the stats: Per population, we kill each other with guns at a rate 297x more than Japan, 49x more than France, 33x more than Israel,” Obama said Sunday on a...

  • Giffords finds strength, direction in Judaism

    By Aron Chilewich

    March 12, 2015 | 10:36 am

    Invoking a commitment to public service as an example of tikkun olam, or “repairing the world,” former astronaut and U.S. Navy Capt. Mark Kelly told a large, captivated audience at USC about the journey he and his wife, retired U.S. Rep. Gabrielle “Gabby” Giffords (D-Ariz.), have...

  • What is the Jewish position on gun control?

    January 21, 2015 | 9:51 am

    American Jews, many of whom live in religiously-observant communities that are located in states that have strict gun control laws, have a reputation for also being supportive of strict gun control laws.  But that may be changing.

    Following the January 2015 attacks on Jews in...

  • Marysville-Pilchuck rampage baffles Native American community

    October 27, 2014 | 9:54 am

    Members of a tight-knit Native American community in Washington state were struggling on Sunday to comprehend how a life-long friendship among cousins ended with one of them gunning down the other two, along with three friends, in a high school cafeteria.

    The shooter and one...

  • Obama says ‘we should be ashamed’ of failure to enact modest gun control measures

    June 10, 2014 | 3:12 pm

    President Barack Obama expressed deep frustration on Tuesday at the inability by Washington to enact even modest gun control measures, in the aftermath of a rash of shootings around the United States.

    "The country has to do some soul searching about this. This is becoming the...

  • Dying in vain in Santa Monica and Sandy Hook

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    June 12, 2013 | 1:48 pm

    This coming Friday, it will have been six months since a shooter armed with an assault rifle killed 26 people, including 20 children, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The same day also will mark one week since another gunman, using the same type of gun, killed five...

  • Silencer

    By Steve Greenberg

    May 8, 2013 | 6:49 pm

  • The ultimate school test

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    April 18, 2013 | 1:53 pm

    The political struggle over school governance is now the most significant internal conflict in the Democratic Party, at the city, state and national levels. With gun control, gay marriage and immigration now uniting Democrats as never before, education reform remains a main...

  • Jewish groups urge Senate to pass gun control legislation

    April 11, 2013 | 11:53 am

    Twenty-three national Jewish organizations signed on to a letter to the U.S. Senate urging members to pass gun control legislation.

    In the letter addressed to Sens. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), the majority leader, and Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the minority leader, the Jewish groups...

  • Loughner’s parents acted on signs of danger before Giffords attack

    March 28, 2013 | 1:06 pm

    The parents of Jared Loughner, concerned by his erratic behavior, confiscated a gun and disabled his car in the months before the killing spree that critically wounded congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

    Documents released Wednesday by the Pima County Sheriff's office in Arizona...

  • Newtown rabbi joins Muslim, Christian clergy in urging gun controls

    March 12, 2013 | 8:07 am

    Interfaith clergy from Newtown, Conn., in an open letter urged a leading Republican to back far-reaching gun controls.

    Rabbi Shaul Praver of Congregation Adath Israel was among the 12 clergy from Newtown, the site of a school massacre last December, who signed the letter to Sen....

  • L.A.’s top cop debates gun laws

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    March 6, 2013 | 5:36 am

    In the ongoing debate over proposed laws aimed at reducing gun violence, the main decision-makers work in Washington, D.C. In cities and state capitols across the country, legislators, advocates and lobbyists push for new limits on gun ownership or advocate for a broad...

  • Obama pledges to stand with Israel, stop Iranian bomb, in State of the Union

    February 12, 2013 | 11:14 pm

    President Obama pledged to keep Iran from obtaining a nuclear bomb and to "stand steadfast" with Israel in his State of the Union speech.

    "The leaders of Iran must recognize that now is the time for a diplomatic solution, because a coalition stands united in demanding that they...

  • Field Notes from Gun Appreciation Day

    By Andrew Dugan

    February 8, 2013 | 3:11 pm


    19 January 2013—

    Ventura Co., CA—


    An old industrial building of sorts—an assembly plant or perhaps a warehouse. Drab, sun-blanched red-brick exterior. Indoors—high, cathedral ceilings and cool. Sturdy rafters. Rows of fluorescent lights buzzing in metal scaffolds. On...

  • Broad Jewish support for Obama’s gun proposals

    January 18, 2013 | 9:00 am

    President Obama's new gun control proposals drew broad Jewish communal support.

    The uniformity of the Jewish response to the proposals unveiled Wednesday stood in contrast to Republican opposition to many of the suggested measures, including a ban on assault weapons and tighter...

  • Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords launches gun-control initiative

    January 8, 2013 | 9:38 am

    Former U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who was severely wounded two years ago in an Arizona shooting, is launching a group aimed at curbing gun violence and raising enough money to challenge the well-funded gun lobby.

    Giffords, starting the effort called Americans for...

  • Giffords meets with Newtown officials to talk gun control

    January 7, 2013 | 9:23 am

    Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords traveled to Newtown, Conn., to discuss gun control with local and state officials.

    Giffords and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, spoke with the officials last Friday about such issues as gun control legislation and identifying and treating...

  • Sandy Hook: Despair gives way to hope

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    December 19, 2012 | 1:51 pm

    At first it is an anguish so deep that it destroys faith in life. We are witnesses to pain and loss so immense that to yearn for a resting place, to find anything good or hopeful or healing, feels like a betrayal. In the face of such tragedy, do we seek out sparks of hope because...

  • White House readies gun-control plan as more children laid to rest

    December 19, 2012 | 11:42 am

    The White House revealed the first steps of a gun-control plan on Wednesday as the United States grieved for victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in another wave of funerals.

    President Barack Obama's initiative addressed national outrage over the shootings in...

  • Jewish groups push for action on gun control

    December 18, 2012 | 9:16 am

    In the wake of the shooting rampage in Newtown, Conn., Jewish groups are looking to build alliances and back legislation to strengthen gun control laws.

    Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC), said his group is assembling a...

  • Newtown students return to class after school massacre

    December 18, 2012 | 9:06 am

    Students returned to school in the shattered Connecticut town of Newtown on Tuesday, accompanied by police and counselors to help them cope with grief and fear after a gunman's rampage killed 26 people in an elementary school and altered attitudes about gun control in Washington.

  • Sandy Hook: The cultural phenomenon behind mass shootings

    December 16, 2012 | 3:57 pm

    It has been 13 years since the murders at Columbine High School, when two teenagers killed 13 people and wounded 21 others.  Since that time, ABC reports, there have been 31 school shootings.   In the wake of the Columbine calamity, law enforcement doctrine changed dramatically:...

  • Sandy Hook: Beyond gun control

    By David Suissa

    December 16, 2012 | 11:44 am

    When something happens that overwhelms our emotions — as when a shooter murders 20 schoolchildren in cold blood — we get dizzy and out of balance. The shock and horror are too much to take.

    So we look for something we can hold on to — something that will stabilize us and channel...

  • The NRA’s Wayne LaPierre has the blood of Connecticut students on his hands

    December 16, 2012 | 11:33 am

    Looking for ways to explain America’s epidemic of mass shootings -- including Friday’s murder of 27 people, including 20 children, at a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school – many pundits are blaming the country’s “culture of violence” and its preference for “protecting guns over...

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