Las Vegas: Why We Must Act Now and Why We Must Find Words

Chevre/Fellow Congregants:

I am copying the powerful statement of Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union of Reform Judaism on the mass shooting in Las Vegas. I am also copying a list of gun violence prevention organizations, as well as things we can do as an organization and as individuals. The time is now to speak and act; to “pray with our feet” in protest.

B’Shalom, Rabbi Susan


“This latest mass shooting cannot be termed a random act of violence. Even before all the facts are known we know this: rather than revere gun rights our country must finally revere human life. We mourn those callously slaughtered in Las Vegas and pray for the wounded. But our prayers must be followed by actionand long overdue limits to the easy access to firearms. Common sense measures, like restricting the use of silencers that make a shooter harder to locate and stop,must prevail. Yet we know that instead, Congress is planning to vote on the SHARE Act, which, among other misguided provisions, allows purchasers of silencers on the internet or at gun shows to forgo a background check. This bill must not be allowed to become law. Human lives, like those taken overnight in a horrific burst of violence, depend on it.
We cannot say this mass shooting was “unbelievable.” It is all too believable. We cannot say there that there are “no words” to express our grief and our outrage. We must find the words, and we must not stop saying them and acting on them until we stop this plague of gun violence that has gripped our nation for far too long.”



Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.

Mayors Against Illegal Guns/Everytown for Gun Safety.

Newtown Action Alliance.

Religious Action Center: Gun Violence Prevention.


Things We Can Do:

Support any of the above organizations by making a donation, joining them on “action days”, or listening in on informative webinars.

Put pressure on our local, state or federal representatives; Call, write, or show up at their office.

Start a letter-writing campaign, or other activity, with our CKS Social Action Group and/or Tikkun Olam Committee.

Published in Rabbi Susan's Blog on October 4, 2017