‘The need to move the needle’
This past summer, we have seen horrific shootings in Buffalo, Uvalde and Highland Park that captured national attention (Opinions, “Some thoughts about preventing mass shootings,” Oct. 28). But as the headlines fade, the shootings seem to continue. Every single day in the United States, more than 100 people are killed and more than 300 others are wounded by gun violence.
And yet, life-saving solutions are stalled in the U.S. Senate. The U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation to ban assault weapons and expand, plus added enforcement rules, on background checks relating to gun sales. These are evidence-based solutions that a majority of Americans now support.
In shootings where assault weapons or high-capacity magazines are used, 155% more people are shot and 47% more people are killed. And while Brady Background Checks have prevented more than 4 million unlawful gun purchases or transfers, the system is also in very desperate need of an update. Approximately one in 5 guns are currently sold without a background check — a problem that could be fixed with legislation that already “sits” before the U. S. Senate.
The need to pass these stronger gun laws is no less urgent now than it was a few months ago.
I urge my fellow community members to join me in contacting their U.S. senators, demanding action to pass the assault-weapons bill and Ethan’s law.
Just the beginning of removing rights
Wake up, people! This is just the beginning of removing rights (Opinion, Oct. 21, “The overturning of ‘Roe’ threatened out religious rights. Trigger bans stripped us of them”).
According to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, other landmark decisions should be looked at, including access to contraception, same-sex relationships and same-sex marriage, to name a few.
What about voting rights being tampered with and religious rights being threatened if one is not Christian? Trans rights, Black or Asian rights possibly threatened. What about an interracial couple who wants to marry?
The list is endless as to what could happen next.
The time is now to stop worse things happening to human rights. Our democracy is at stake.
What a mensch!
As a friend of Louis “Buddy” Sapolsky (Opinions, “Everyone’s buddy,” Oct. 7), I, too, heard him credit Torah study, those “learnings,” as a very meaningful part of his life.
What a good guy, a mensch!