Church Shooting in Texas

Police in front of Texas church after the shooting. Photo: NBC News

Texas church shooting. Photo: NBC News

by Adam Kessler

Our hearts are heavy as we learn of yet another mass shooting, this time in a small church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.  Three of the five deadliest shootings in modern U.S history have occurred in the last 18 months.  We thought that nothing could be more outrageous than the mass murder in Las Vegas barely five weeks ago. We thought the same thing after Orlando,  Sandy Hook, and Columbine; the list continues to grow with an alarming regularity. At the same time, while mass shootings garner most of the attention, non-mass homicides by gun happen daily with shocking frequency.  Simply by way of example, Chicago is close to recording its 600th homicide for the year.

We are familiar with the arguments made on both sides of the debate about controlling gun violence.  The frustration that results from the deadlock in Congress over alleviating the killing is palpable.  We are left asking what we can do, as members of a Jewish community, to curb this epidemic of violence.  Know that as soon as this ThursdayNovember 9, the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) will be traveling to Washington D.C. to advocate on four key issues of concern to our Jewish community. We have many we could have chosen, but time and need to focus demand that we choose only four.  Know that fighting gun violence will be one of the issues we discuss when we meet with our representatives this coming Thursday along with Israel and BDS legislation, immigration reform and sustaining food stamp programs.

If you are interested in joining us, we still have room on the bus.  Please let Salena (scamara@jewishphilly.org) know ASAP.

May the memories of those innocents who perished be for a blessing.

by Adam Kessler

Director, Jewish Community Relations Council
Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia

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