The whole Jewish world (and our friends) mourn the tragedy of the senseless mass murder at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, the worst act of anti-Semitism on U.S. soil.
Even as we mourn, it is important that we take the next steps, in the memory of the dead and the wounded, to ensure this never happens again to U.S. Jews or any other ethnic group. It is time for sensible gun control.
There are those who say, “it’s complicated.” No, it is NOT complicated. We must stop hiding behind the Second Amendment, which gives us the right to own a weapon for the purpose of forming a militia. For those who want the amendment to have its original interpretation, remember that assault weapons weren’t invented yet.
We are tired of our Republican leaders sending “thoughts and prayers” and declaring this is “not the time” to take action. It IS the time! In the words of Hillel: “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? But if I am only for myself, what [good] am I? And if not now, when?”
It’s time for Jews, both clergy and lay, to stand up and fight for sensible gun control. It is time to urge sponsors of the NRA to drop their support. There is no need for an ordinary person to have possession of an assault weapon. Leave the heavy stuff to the military, and let’s move for sensible gun control.
Nita Polay Levin