We are deeply saddened and outraged by the violent attacks in El Paso and Dayton. Our hearts go out to the victims, their families, and to all those affected. We must come together as a country to stop the proliferation of gun violence and hate. It is time we recognized and condemned these attacks for what they are: domestic terrorism.

With the confluence of widely available guns and growing white supremacist hate, these atrocities are now heartbreakingly, unacceptably common. We call upon our leaders to recognize white supremacist violence as domestic terrorism and vigorously prosecute them, step up monitoring of hate groups, and pass meaningful gun violence prevention legislation.

The Jewish community has a deep and abiding concern for public safety. Driven by our belief in the sanctity of life and the commandment against murder, we are committed to a comprehensive approach to confronting gun violence. No single solution will prevent all future tragedies, which is why we advocate for a balanced, multipronged approach that includes the following measures:

 

Judaism instructs that prayer without action is just the recitation of words. The time for lawmakers to act is now.

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