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.”