On Friday December 14, a gunman armed with three high-powered firearms and high-capacity magazines walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Hundreds of shots were fired and twenty first-graders, ages six and seven, and six educators were killed.

This violent and horrific event aimed at children shocks our conscience and country. Our hearts are broken, our souls weep, and our arms are outstretched to the families of the victims, the survivors, the first responders, and the entire community of Newtown, Connecticut. In just the last few months, we have seen shootings at schools, malls, theaters, and houses of worship. We are pained and dismayed by the pandemic of gun violence, far exceeding other western nations, and we will not accept it.

Our tradition teaches us of the sanctity of life and how each and every person is created in the divine image. We must directly confront gun violence so that our nation is not marked nor the years measured by senseless massacres. We will not allow the intense emotion we feel now to return to a place of complacency where we become desensitized to the atrocities that unfold around us daily. We must come together to build a society worthy of those lost and a culture that represents our best virtues.

We stand committed to working with our local, state, and national leaders to squarely address these issues and honor the victims, survivors, and their families. We recognize the right of Americans to own guns, but we do not accept the current state of affairs. We stand united and call on our leaders to support comprehensive action, including meaningful legislation to limit access to assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines, aggressive enforcement of firearm regulations, robust efforts to ensure that every person in need has access to quality mental health care, and a serious national conversation about violence in media and games.

We, the undersigned, ask that President Obama, Congress, and every citizen to take direct and unequivocal action to stop the outrageous and unacceptable violence that is destroying the fabric of our society.

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Number Date Name Location
17340 Wed Apr 17 15:09:20 EDT 2013 Elke Ereshefsky
17339 Wed Apr 17 15:07:42 EDT 2013 Marsha Goldwasser Highland Park, NJ
17338 Wed Apr 17 14:02:35 EDT 2013 Idelle Hammond-Sass Ann Arbor, MI Vote for this bi-partisan gun registration bill. Yes, they can use knives and bombs but let us prevent unlicenced and indescimminate ownership.
17337 Tue Apr 16 22:22:40 EDT 2013 SueAndTom W. Rochester, NY
17336 Tue Apr 16 21:24:48 EDT 2013 Donna Oberstein Overland Park, KS
17335 Tue Apr 16 17:46:26 EDT 2013 Vanessa Garippo Chicago, IL
17334 Tue Apr 16 13:55:48 EDT 2013 Suzanne Lutkoff Sarasota, FL Suzanne G. Lutkoff
17333 Tue Apr 16 10:11:38 EDT 2013 Betty Lager Great Neck, NY I,m counting on you to pass gun laws to prevent
further wantless killings.
17332 Mon Apr 15 17:06:33 EDT 2013 Martin Cooper Livingston, NJ Hang your heads in shame, if you do not pass
a new reasonable gun law that will prevent future mass killings with assault rifles.
17331 Mon Apr 15 15:25:18 EDT 2013 Selwyn Oskowitz Boston, MA
17330 Mon Apr 15 14:05:35 EDT 2013 Eli Miller Bronx, NY
17329 Mon Apr 15 13:54:24 EDT 2013 Luis Yaquian San Francisco , CA
17328 Mon Apr 15 12:24:18 EDT 2013 James snook Overland Park, KS I feel it is a disgrace for any member of congress to oppose better enforcement of gun law and new gun legislation.
17327 Sun Apr 14 23:17:31 EDT 2013 Rona Leighton Boca Raton, FL
17326 Sun Apr 14 15:14:41 EDT 2013 rochelle cresov rochester, NY
17325 Sun Apr 14 12:33:16 EDT 2013 Carolyn Nolan Pompano Beach, FL
17324 Sun Apr 14 11:28:51 EDT 2013 Gloria Nussbaum Wynnewood, PA
17323 Sat Apr 13 21:57:14 EDT 2013 Alan Kostinsky mtn view, CA
17322 Sat Apr 13 11:43:11 EDT 2013 Jeff Brown Philadelphia, PA As a former Infantry Lieutenant and a Disabled Veteran, I have seen what assault weapons can do. There is no reason why civilians should have assault weapons in the U.S.
17321 Sat Apr 13 08:13:50 EDT 2013 Irina Bereznaya Jersey City, NJ
17320 Sat Apr 13 07:26:28 EDT 2013 Miriam Cooperman Clifton Park, NY
17319 Fri Apr 12 23:25:21 EDT 2013 SYLVAN GOLDIN W, FL Ruth Goldin
17318 Fri Apr 12 18:51:28 EDT 2013 Nina Molk Centennial , CO STOP ALL THIS GUN MADNESS! EVERYONE should not be able to get their hands on EVERY type of gun!
17317 Fri Apr 12 17:54:29 EDT 2013 Jodi Benjamin Maple Glen, PA
17316 Fri Apr 12 16:03:43 EDT 2013 Ellen Harmon Rye Brook, NY
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