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BHBE Resolution on American Gun Violence

Beth Hillel Bnai Emunah Resolution on American Gun Violence

Whereas gun violence continues unabated with the most recent horrific mass shooting in Orlando, Florida; Therefore, be it resolved that the Board of Directors, officers, and clergy of Beth Hillel Bnai Emunah support the Rabbinical Assembly’s 2016 Resolution on American Gun Violence as stated below.

Rabbinical Assembly 2016 Resolution on American Gun Violence

Whereas Jewish tradition affirms the inherent worth of each person, each created in the Divine Image; and Whereas approximately 32,000 Americans die as a result of gun violence every year1; and Whereas Conservative Jews are committed to participation in the American democratic process within our congregations and in society at large; and Whereas statistics strongly affirm that gun laws, when properly enforced, reduce gun violence; and Whereas personalized, or “smart gun” technology can prevent accidental shootings, prevent law enforcement agents from being shot with their own service weapon, and make stolen shipments of guns useless to those who steal them; and Whereas the spate of recent tragic mass shootings at places such as schools, movie theatres, shopping malls, and religious institutions has highlighted the dangers and demonstrated that gun-related violence can occur any place at any time to anyone; and Whereas after the Sandy Hook school shooting, President Obama vowed to use “all the powers of this office” to reduce gun violence in America and powerful national legislative and non-legislative campaigns have continued their work to reduce gun violence in America; and Whereas the Rabbinical Assembly took a strong stand, in a 2014 resolution, in favor of gun control; and Whereas Conservative rabbis embrace the commandment to not stand idly by the blood of our neighbors; and Whereas this responsibility calls upon us to send a message to our elected officials that we care deeply about gun violence and will lead our congregations and institutions to become actively involved in this cause; and Therefore, as the Rabbinical Assembly committed in a similar resolution in 2014, be it resolved that the Rabbinical Assembly support the efforts of Everytown Against Gun Violence, Rabbis Against Gun Violence, the Do Not Stand Idly By Campaign, Faiths United Against Gun Violence, their partners, and their collective work toward sensible American gun control; and   Be it further resolved that the Rabbinical Assembly encourage its members to lobby local, state and federal lawmakers to support required background checks on all public and private gun sales, bans on military style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and legislation making gun trafficking a federal crime with severe penalties; and Be it further resolved that the Rabbinical Assembly commit to deepening our gun violence prevention advocacy effort; and Be it further resolved that the Rabbinical Assembly urge the members of its affiliated communities to demand that their representatives and senators enact effective gun violence prevention legislation; and Be it further resolved that the Rabbinical Assembly encourage its rabbis to become involved in broad anti-violence coalitions in their local communities to press for effective gun violence prevention at all levels.

Sat, September 21 2019 21 Elul 5779