"There's a fine line between brave and stupid," said someone, somewhere. At first, I wasn't entirely certain on which side of said line we were standing on Monday, September 30th.
No doubt, these are high aims to shoot for. But I believe, with steady hands and hearts full of prayer, we can hit our target right between the eyes. And after all, isn't that what gun control is all about?
We were two in a group of only five students the first time we spoke with our representatives in Congress, asking them to support universal background checks for gun sales in the U.S. That visit last June coincided with the six-month anniversary of the shooting in our hometown -- Newtown, Conn.
We should not let ourselves become dulled by this horror because wisdom will carry the day in the end. We should pray for those wounded and killed and killed, knowing that the good fight for sensible gun legislation will continue.
I believe that in the interest of the greater good would be federal legislation mandating anyone with certain psychiatric diagnoses (Paranoid Schizophrenia, certain types of dementia, and other psychotic disorders) be entered into a federal database, prohibiting them from gun ownership.
This is not only about the Washington Navy Yard and Sandy Hook and Colorado and Virginia Tech, horrific events that make headlines; it is also about the over 300 people, including 50 children, that are shot every day in America.
How do we pick up the pieces? How do we pay due respect to the victims, but not let grief destroy the living? How do we teach our children about tragedy and loss but keep their perspective positive and healthy?
From Hurricanes Sandy and Isaac, to Sandy Hook, to the Oklahoma tornadoes, the last 12 months have featured natural disasters and high-profile school tragedies. Unfortunately, it's clearer than ever that children in the United States are still not getting all the protections they deserve.
From the point of view of the Jewish American community, we take responsibility for ourselves and each other and know we are all in this together. Looking back at the past year, we pray.
This is not a political, partisan issue. Rather, it's an issue that affects us all.
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Awareness is a good thing. It is foolish to think that showing off one's guns to a traumatized town could in any way remedy a rift. We can choose to ignore arrogant and insensitive visitors to our town. What we can't ignore is a public health crisis.
Mayor Bloomberg hasn't shied away from this challenge, and his support has been critical to the successes we have had in reducing gun crimes. I am concerned that his departure will be a setback to our continued efforts to crack down on illegal guns.
Some people do believe that guns do make us safer, but a lot of people are not comfortable knowing that anyone around them may be armed. The risk from criminals with illegal guns is bad enough, but a shootout in a public place is much scarier.