gun control

Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath To Be Observed At 150 Shuls And Churches

01/17/2013 - 19:00

As President Barack Obama seeks support for his sweeping gun control reforms, and states enact their own legislation -- including the nation's toughest in New York -- a faith-based coalition is promoting a national  Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath.

President Obama signs letters from children after unveiling new gun control proposals on Jan. 16. (White House Photo)

Jewish Gun Enthusiasts On Guard

After Newtown, some firearm owners ready to consider control measures.
01/01/2013 - 19:00

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 estate agent, says he has been hit by an unshakable feeling of shame, and he no longer wants his two children exposed to the many weapons he owns for sporting purposes — guns he keeps locked up and away from the house.

Gun control supporters protesting last month outside the National Rifle Association office on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Newtown Rabbi: Gun Control, Anti-Bullying Policies Are Vital

12/26/2012 - 19:00

Hours after Adam Lanza executed 20 first graders and 6 adults in Sandy Hook elementary school, five minutes from my synagogue, Congregation Adath Israel of Newtown, I spoke with my good friend and colleague, Monsignor Robert Weiss, about the “culture of violence” in the United States.

Rabbi Shaul Praver

Shooting From The Lip

12/25/2012 - 19:00
Editorial

As the gun control debate heats up here in the wake of the horrific shootings in Newtown, Conn., Israeli officials are doing their best to stay out of it,

No Guns In Utopia, But What About Here And Now?

12/25/2012 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

As America continues to mourn the victims of the horrific slaughter at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the issue of gun control has predictably and rightfully been placed back at the center of public discourse. Within the Jewish community, the debate has centered on two distinct but related issues. The first concerns the State of Israel, namely, whether its relatively low rate of firearm deaths, despite the ubiquity of guns and the military in Israeli society, results from better gun laws or from a healthier cultural attitude toward weapons.

Jewish Groups See Major Shift In Priority Of Gun Control

Issue returns to communal agenda in aftermath of Connecticut school massacre; consensus reached at JCPA within hours.
12/14/2012 - 19:00
Assistant Managing Editor

For the first time in his more than two decades at the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, Ethan Felson has been seeing an issue presented, and a consensus reached, in a matter of hours, not days.

A school bus passes a Newtown church where the funeral of a young Sandy Hook victim is taking place on Dec. 18. Getty Images

'Joe The Plumber' In Hot Water Over Holocaust Reference

Samuel Wurzelbacher, who gained fame in 2008 as “Joe the Plumber” who posed a question to Barack Obama -- and is now running for Congress in Ohio --  is garnering unwanted attention for suggesting that Nazi gun control laws contributed to the Holocaust.

“In 1939, Germany established gun control,” a narrator says in a campaign video posted Monday for Wurzelbacher, who is seen shooting fruit and vegetables with a shotgun. “From 1939 to 1945, 6 million Jews and 7 million others, unable to defend themselves, were exterminated.”

Gun Control Vs. Gun Rights

10/24/2011 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

While I was recently giving a class at a Modern Orthodox synagogue in New York City on the topic of halachic approaches to weapons I asked this group of 25 people (most between 50-65 years old) how many of them owned guns. I expected 1 or 2 hands to emerge but was astonished to find that about 50-60% admitted to having a gun at home.

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

In State of the Union, Obama Misses Some Jewish Domestic Priorities, Ignores Israel

01/25/2011 - 19:00
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Civility? Check. Clean energy? Check. Health care? Check. Immigration? Check. Education? You bet.

Isolating Iran? That’s in there.

Poverty, guns, reproductive rights? Israel? Ummm …

President Obama’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night was as notable for what it excluded as what made it in.

Adam Dickter Interviews Rep. Steve Israel

Rep. Steve Israel of Long Island, newly appointed chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, discusses the Arizona shootings, efforts to retake the House in 2012, J Street, the Obama administration's Mideast policies, gun control and more in an interview with The Jewish Week on 1/18/11.

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