Local Rabbi takes aim at gun violence prevention, NJ Jewish Standard

Local Rabbi takes aim at gun violence prevention, NJ Jewish Standard

Sometimes, being number one is a dubious distinction.

Certainly, that holds true in the case of gun ownership, where the United States — with 97 guns per 100 people — holds first place in the world.

That means that there are more than 300 million guns in the country. That makes it easy to agree with Rabbi Joel Mosbacher that “there’s a real culture of gun love in this country.”

The religious leader of Mahwah’s Congregation Beth Haverim Shir Shalom since 2001, Rabbi Mosbacher has perhaps an even greater and more personal interest in these statistics than do most concerned citizens.

Read more: http://jstandard.com/index.php/content/item/local_rabbi_takes_aim_at_gun_violence_prevention/

Editorial: As Cuyahoga County gun-related deaths hit 52, county launches welcome firearm-trace initiative, Cleveland Plain-Dealer, 6/20/2014

Editorial: As Cuyahoga County gun-related deaths hit 52, county launches welcome firearm-trace initiative, Cleveland Plain-Dealer

Berea, Cleveland, Garfield Heights, South Euclid.  A teenager.  A string of twenty-somethings.  A middle-aged male.  Two senior citizens.  Homicide. Suicide.  Gunshot wound to the head.  Gunshot wound to the chest.  At home.  In a vehicle at Rally’s drive-through.  In a parking lot.  At an unknown location.

Read more: http://www.cleveland.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/06/the_smoking_gun_cuyahoga_count.html

A step toward gun control comes in the fine print, North Jersey Register, 6/15/2014

Sometimes big ideas begin with tiny seeds.

Earlier this spring, representatives from a gun retailer met informally with several Jersey City officials, including the mayor and the public safety director.

The meeting — deliberately kept low-key — was part of a national strategy to recalibrate America’s gun rights debate by persuading firearms companies to address safety issues before bidding on contracts to sell guns and ammunition to police.

Read more: http://www.northjersey.com/news/kelly-a-step-toward-gun-control-comes-in-the-fine-print-1.1035693

Malloy joins interfaith effort to pressure gunmakers, CT Mirror, 6/3/2014

Milford – Once again, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has put himself in potential conflict with Connecticut’s firearms industry, this time by signing onto a nascent effort by an interfaith group to force manufacturers into a conversation about their role and responsibility in stopping gun violence.

A year after seeking and signing gun control measures in response to the Sandy Hook school massacre, Malloy has committed to a campaign by a new player in the gun debate: CONECT, the social-justice coalition best-known for defending the rights of Latinos and undocumented immigrants.

“It is time to have a dialogue with the firearms industry itself,” Malloy told 100 members of CONECT, Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut.

Read more: http://ctmirror.org/malloy-joins-interfaith-effort-to-pressure-gunmakers/

Connecticut leaders seek changes from gun makers, New Haven Register, 6/2/2014

MILFORD >> Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, New Haven Mayor Toni Harp, Bridgeport’s police chief and other leaders gathered at St. Gabriel’s School Monday to pledge their support of the national “Don’t Stand Idly By” anti-gun violence campaign that calls upon change to begin with gun manufacturers.

The leaders spoke at a meeting of Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut — or CONECT — a community organization of 27 churches, synagogues, and mosques from East Haven through Fairfield County representing more than 15,000 people. CONECT is co-chaired by the Rev. James Manship of St. Rose of Lima Church in New Haven and Pastor Bernadette Hickman-Maynard of Bethel AME Church in Bridgeport.

Read more: http://www.nhregister.com/government-and-politics/20140602/connecticut-leaders-seek-changes-from-gun-makers