Once again, death tolls have inserted themselves into our nation’s headlines in wake of Sunday’s mass shooting in Texas. With the full and united power of our movement, NFTY sends our prayers and commitment of action to the families of the victims and Sutherland Springs, Texas, as they attempt to cope with the senseless thievery of their beloveds’ lives — a theft that was made all too easy by nearly unchecked access to firearms. The shooter had a history of domestic abuse, was removed from the army with a bad conduct discharge, and was accused of animal cruelty. Yet, the United States’s laws, and in many cases lack thereof, allowed Devin P. Kelley to obtain the tools he needed to end the lives of at least 26 people.
It would be naive to assume that this tragedy was inevitable. NFTY pledges to continue its advocacy for gun violence prevention measures that will put a stop to the despicable violence that claims the lives of more than 30,000 Americans each year. We must not sit idly by, nor be discouraged by inactions that succeed the all too frequent mass shootings in our country. Let’s lace up our bootstraps and honor the victims of Sunday’s attack by ensuring that no other families must undergo such senseless losses of loved ones.
As is taught by our Torah, Tzedek, Tzedek, Tirdof — Justice, justice, you shall pursue.
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