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  • NRA official invokes Holocaust in N.J. gun safety debate

    December 17, 2013 | 10:34 am

    A National Rifle Association board member in criticizing a New Jersey mayor for supporting gun safety proposals noted the mayor’s grandparents were Holocaust survivors.

    Scott Bach, also the executive director of the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs, in an...

  • Silencer

    By Steve Greenberg

    May 8, 2013 | 6:49 pm

  • Choose Life: The New Right to Life Movement

    By Aryeh Cohen

    May 7, 2013 | 7:16 pm

    Violence rests heavy in the mythological and religious womb of our civilization. The first murder happens just verses after Adam and Eve leave the Garden of Eden. According to legend, Cain was stunned after he struck and killed Abel, as death had not yet inhabited the world. He was...

  • 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...

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  • After Newtown, some gun owners ready to consider control measures

    December 31, 2012 | 10:01 am

    The day Eric Schaefer learned that a .233 caliber semiautomatic Bushmaster rifle -- a type of weapon he owned -- was used to kill 26 people in Newtown, Conn., he sold his rifle to local law enforcement near his home in Scottsdale, Ariz.

    Schaefer, a 40-year-old commercial real...

  • 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...

  • 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:...

  • 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...

  • Who will protect us from the NRA?

    By Rob Eshman

    July 25, 2012 | 11:50 am

    The National Rifle Association (NRA) claims it exists to protect our rights. My question is this: Who will protect us from the NRA?

    The gun lobby is not responsible for the tragic shooting in Aurora, Colo., last week that has so far claimed 12 victims. 

    But its consistent and...

  • Let’s Finally Stop Sweeping the Guns Under the Rug

    By Misha Henckel

    January 24, 2011 | 11:17 pm

    Since the Tucson massacre, the issue of gun control has risen to the top of the news pile, and has been the focus of several interviews on primetime news programs and an avalanche of articles in the major print publications across the country. We have had impassioned pleas from...

  • ANALYSIS: Sarah Palin . . . and the Jews

    By Rob Eshman

    August 29, 2008 | 4:36 pm

    When Sen. John McCain tapped Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to be his running mate today, the Jewish political blogosphere -- as loud and fast and opinionated as (for lack of a better word) the Gentile Web -- came to a screeching halt.

    After all, you can fight about John McCain, and...
  • Letters

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Misunderstanding

    I would like to clarify a misunderstanding in a recent press release from the Orthodox Union that was reported in The Journal, "Mourning For Gaza, New Orleans" (Sept. 30). The OU organized a nationwide ta'anit dibbur, or period of silence, over this past Shabbat....

  • Letters

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Heartless Rav

    I support Rabbi David Wolpe's position entirely ("We Must Condemn Heartless Bilge," Sept. 16). Rav Ovadiah Yosef has made Israel look very bad. Why would a scholar of Israel speak such racism, a man of our ancient traditions who should have more respect for human...

  • Joining the NRA

    By Jane Ulman

    July 20, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    "I can't wait until I'm older so that I can join the NRA," my son Danny, 9, announces.The National Rifle Association? My son?

    "Danny," I ask, "don't you know that guns hurt people?'

    "Mom," he answers, staring at me incredulously, "they're supposed to."

    With four boys, the issue of guns...

  • Looking for Charlton Heston

    December 9, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Everyone knows Charlton Heston; or at least who he is: movie star and president of the National Rifle Association.

    It was the inability to separate one persona from the other that made some patrons unhappy last week when he gave a reading (Dec. 2) at the Skirball Cultural Center....