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More Gun Violence

06/14/2017 03:51:14 PM

Jun14

Rabbi Kathy Cohen

 

We live in a fractured world and it is getting worse, not better. I used to believe that each day we were working to get closer and closer to Messianic times but I know longer believe that is the case. Civility has taken a hit.

Some say that this is merely part of a pendulum swing that happens every decade or so. I do not think so. Never before has politics on both sides of the fences descended to such a baseless pit. It starts with a lack of basic respect and escalates to ridiculous accusations and then to gun violence.

I am pro-second amendment but all amendments are interpreted. Why is it easier to get guns than a driving license?  I am tired of the mantra that guns don’t kill people, people kill people. Well ,the reality is that people with guns kill people.

We are a violent, sick society. We do not emphasize that problems should be worked out through conversation, voting, and respecting those who disagree. When it is acceptable to publicly call long time employees “nut jobs” and regularly tweet to millions divisive, derisive comments about others, our country descends further into the abyss.

Today Republicans were shot for being Republican. Last year homosexuals were shot for being homosexual. This list could go on and on. Who will be shot tomorrow for the beliefs that they hold?

We no longer live in the Wild West. It is high time we stand up and demand an end to the bloodshed and an end to easy access to fire arms. Full background checks do not impede the rights of the second amendment. People who are identified a snot being permitted on airplanes should not be permitted to purchase guns. Those with a history of moderate to severe mental illness should not be permitted to purchase a gun without a psychiatrist’s approval. Children should never be able to access guns without an adult present.

In order to say yes to guns and no to violence, we must stand up and demand changes. If you want a gun for recreational purposes (hunting, target shooting, collecting etc.), and you pass a full background check, nothing should stand in your way.  If you feel that you need a gun for protection and you pass a full background check, nothing should stand in your way.

Isn’t safety more important than gun ownership for all?

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