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  • Filibustering for gun control, senator invokes heroism of Holocaust survivor

    June 16, 2016 | 2:46 pm

    In the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting, engineering professor Liviu Librescu, a Romania-born Israeli Holocaust survivor, died blocking the classroom door and shouting “hurry” as his students fled through a window.

    It was Yom Hashoah, Israel’s Holocaust Memorial Day.

    ...
  • NRA praises Bernie Sanders for his defense of gun manufacturers

    March 8, 2016 | 8:32 am

    The National Rifle Association praised presidential candidate Bernie Sanders for saying a law he supported kept lawsuits from driving gun manufacturers out of the United States.

    “Sen. Sanders was spot-on in his comments about gun manufacturer liability,” the gun lobby said Monday...

  • After anti-Semitic post, Ted Nugent joins Jewish gun rights group

    February 17, 2016 | 3:34 pm

    Ted Nugent has reportedly joined a Jewish gun rights advocacy group after being sharply criticized for posting an image on Facebook blaming several prominent Jews for spearheading gun control.

    Nicki Kenyon of the Zelman Partisans group wrote Monday that Nugent accepted the...

  • Jewish groups slam Ted Nugent for anti-Semitic gun control post

    February 9, 2016 | 8:28 am

    Right-wing rocker Ted Nugent came under fire from Jewish groups for an anti-Semitic Facebook post blaming prominent Jews for pushing gun control.

    On Monday, Nugent shared a graphic featuring images of 12 Jews — including former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Chicago Mayor...

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  • Professor, you’re fired! Or, the education of a Trump voter

    By Marty Kaplan

    January 11, 2016 | 11:29 am

    “@marty kaplan Let me guess Marty you believe in global warming too Doctoral degree holder here”

    There it was, captured in a single sad, hilarious tweet: the whole maddening trainwreck of American democracy, 2016. 

    Two days before that taunt from someone I don’t know was...

  • Why the Jewish Federations don’t talk about guns

    January 7, 2016 | 10:07 am

    Several Jewish groups on Tuesday came out singing the praises of President Barack Obama’s initiatives against gun violence. (The Anti-Defamation League too.)

    On Wednesday, the Jewish Federations of North America joined the chorus — but it only hit a single note. And that note...

  • When candidates cry

    By Rob Eshman

    January 5, 2016 | 4:38 pm

    On the presidential campaign trail this month, Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina and Chris Christie shed real tears and moved millions speaking personally about loved ones  who have struggled with drug addiction. Former Florida Gov. Bush spoke about how he never expected to see his...

  • Obama, wiping tears, makes new push to tighten gun rules

    January 5, 2016 | 10:26 am

    Wiping back tears as he remembered children who died in a mass shooting, President Barack Obama on Tuesday described new steps he is taking to tighten gun rules and urged Americans to vote for candidates willing to do more to prevent gun violence.

    As Obama delivered a powerful...

  • In defense of optimism

    By Rob Eshman

    December 30, 2015 | 10:46 am

    When I was learning Hebrew, I asked an Israeli friend the word for “optimistic.”

    Optimi,” he said.

    “There’s no native word?” I asked.

    “Well,” he asked back, “why would we need one?”

    It doesn’t come easy to us Jews, this thing called optimism. And this year we seem to be in...

  • Cartoon: Shooting-a-day calendar

    By Steve Greenberg

    December 30, 2015 | 8:29 am

  • Obama calls for bipartisan effort to address shootings

    December 2, 2015 | 1:47 pm

    President Barack Obama on Wednesday called for a bipartisan effort "at every level of government" to address mass shootings, such as the one that injured as many as 20 people in San Bernardino, Calif.

    "We don't yet know what the motives of the shooters are, but what we do know is...

  • Could guns for German Jews have prevented the Holocaust?

    By Tom Tugend

    October 13, 2015 | 4:32 pm

    In the mid-1930s, an English scholar wrote a book — with many learned citations — proving that Nazism was the wave of the future and made for a happier and healthier nation.

    In reviewing the book, one critic noted that if the distinguished author had spent only one day actually...

  • Make it happen: Stop the gun violence

    By Rob Eshman

    October 8, 2015 | 12:49 pm

    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

    October 2, 2015 | 10:38 am

    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...

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