Orthodox Union Expresses Support for Federal Legislation to Prevent Gun Violence

Today, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America – the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization– expressed its support for federal legislation to prevent gun violence.

Nathan Diament, UOJCA executive director for public policy, issued the following statement ahead of this week’s anticipated United States Senate consideration of gun safety legislation:

“The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America has long supported common sense gun safety legislation – including banning assault weapons – and other meaningful efforts to reduce gun violence.

In the wake of the tragic deaths of children and teachers in Newtown, Connecticut, the Orthodox Union pledged to ‘join with all Americans of good will to assure the security of our children and our places of learning.’

Of course, all Americans – whether adults or children, in all places, whether in a school, synagogue, shopping mall or movie theatre – should be as free of the fear and threat of gun violence as we can reasonably assure.

We urge Senators to pass legislation this week that contains constructive and practical measures that will help assure a safer and more secure American society.” TLS.

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  1. “The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America has long supported common sense gun safety legislation – including banning assault weapons – and other meaningful efforts to reduce gun violence.”
    since when do so called ‘assault’ weapons equal gun violence? ar15 rifles dont shoot bullets any faster than a regular pistol can.
    assault means to attack an innocent person. that’s not what guns, or ar15’s are made for. they are made for personal self defense which isn’t “assaulting”, but rather JUSTIFIABLE HOMICIDE. (and hunting) there IS a difference between assault/murder/ and JUSTIFIABLE HOMICIDE.

    if a knife, baseball bat, or alcohol is misused; does it now become an assault knife? assault bat? assault alcohol?

  2. Didn’t learn the first time? A little guy in Germany disarmed the populace and what happened? If there was no disarming back then perhaps 6 million lives would have been saved.

  3. I still don’t get why everyone is so anti the anti gun legislations. Facts are Newtown would have been avoided had guns been outlawed. Lanza was mechunich in gun violence. His mother bought those guns legally.Many have a shita not to allow their children to play with water guns so as not to teach them violence. Why is that not true for the greater society as a whole. If we outlaw as many guns as possible kids will be raised with less violent intent. Yes violent videos and how they affect children have to be scruutinized. But kids playing with guns are even worse.

  4. Hey Brooklyner, timothy mcvey didnt use a gun. killed 128 and injured 600+. so what facts are you talking about when you say: “Facts are Newtown would have been avoided had guns been outlawed”

  5. No mention of the tragedys that occur so frequently because of household legally obtained guns… Just look at what happened in toms river… Nebuch! Why frum Yidden are so anti gun control is beyond me! Or maybe it’s not frum Yidden, rather, just the commenters on here who’ve been listening to a wee bit too much 770…

  6. Hey mr conservative Adam Lanza did. Those guns were legally obtained. So was all the ammunition. People aren’t born criminals, we therefor need to make sure we are careful about who’s hands these powerful weapons fall into. Easy enough to understand?

  7. #9 Geshmakalypse says: “Hey mr conservative Adam Lanza did. Those guns were legally obtained”

    those guns were not “legally” obtained. he shot and killed the owner of those guns (his mother) – nice try; play again.

  8. Mr. Gesh- you do realize that there are over 300,000,000 guns in America with over 90,000,000 legal gun owners. The vast majority of all gun violence comes from inner city thugs killing each other. Do not make it more difficult for legal gun owners to protect themselves and possibly you from these criminals.

  9. conservative: nice try play again later???? are u joking? Your really going to argue on semantics? I suppose its the only argument you haven given that you do not see the point in how easily it is for even legally owned guns to be obtained by people even in the same family for nefarious purposes? do u think legally owned guns are not used by their legal owners in crimes? You must be in a good mental state man, I’ll have what ur on.

  10. semantics? there is a HUGE difference between someone taking his or her gun and committing a crime – or someone stealing a gun that doesn’t belong to him or her, and shooting the guns’ owner to then go out and commit further crimes.

    its not semantics. ask any judge, and they will tell you that there is a HUGE legal difference. its YOU who is smearing one topic with another and claiming its the same thing. learn the law.

    i guess according to you: someone who steals my car, and crashes in to you- its magically somehow my fault and i shouldn’t own a car anymore? how convenient of you to ‘forget’ the theft part in order to push your agenda. try that in court and see what happens. 😉

  11. TO: Mr. Conservative & geshmakalypse Not to worry the new proposed gun control laws the the Democrats are proposing will solve this problem. Adam Lanza would have to get a background check before he can use the guns he took from his mother.

    The only to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun!!!

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