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December 14 is the one-year anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Hadassah members, associates and supporters have participated in Faiths Call-In Days to Prevent Gun Violence previous this year and are encouraged to participate again! Join advocates across the country in calling Congress in support of background checks and other gun safety measures!
In response to the tragic events in Newtown, Conn., Marcie Natan, National President of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, released a statement urging Congress to take all necessary actions to enact stronger gun control laws that will protect our nation, and especially our children, from such violence. Click here to read the full statement.
In January, the National Board of Hadassah reaffirmed the statement it made in 2000 in support of stronger gun control legislation and expanded it to call for a ban on assault weapons. Click here to read the press release and new Gun Control Policy Statement.
Earlier this year, the Senate had several votes on amendments to the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013,, including on the bipartisan compromise to expand background checks that was proposed by Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Pat Toomey (R-PA). The background check proposal failed to gain the filibuster proof 60 votes, but the fight for gun violence protection is not over!
In October, Hadassah advocated for background checks for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The presence of a firearm in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of a fatality by 500 percent1 and the FBI estimated that intimate partner violence accounted for 64 percent of women murdered with guns in 2010. Once a restraining order is filed, background checks would prevent that party from purchasing a firearm. However, in 2012 alone, 6.6 million guns were purchased without a background check.
Hadassah continues to work with the Jewish Council of Public Affairs (JCPA), of which it is a member, to support their initiatives on gun control. Hadassah members, associates and supporters are also encouraged to sign the JCPA petition Zichronam Livracha (For their memory as a blessing) and visit the End Gun Violence Facebook page for the latest updates.
Click here to review all of Hadassah's Gun Control Policy Statements.
1 A 2003 study published in the American Journal of Public Health.
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