BARACK OBAMA CAN SAVE LIVES WITH PUSH FOR ‘SMART GUNS’

BARACK OBAMA CAN SAVE LIVES WITH PUSH FOR ‘SMART GUNS’

Among President Obama’s actions this week on guns, the most far-reaching may be the brief memorandum he sent to the Secretary of Defense, the Attorney General and the Secretary of Homeland Security. These are the three largest gun-purchasing agencies in the U.S. government. Each has a substantial research budget. The President’s memo directs them to research “smart guns” and other gun-safety technologies, and to purchase these technologies as appropriate.

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OBAMA PROMISES ACTION ON GUN LAWS, BUT CHANGE NOT EASY

BARACK OBAMA CAN SAVE LIVES WITH PUSH FOR ‘SMART GUNS’

All too often during President Barack Obama’s seven years in office, he has taken the podium in the wake of a mass shooting to call for gun regulations. “Somehow this has become routine,” he said after an October college shooting that killed 10. “We’ve become numb to this.”

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NEW JERSEY RABBI DETERMINED NOT TO STAND IDLY BY GUN VIOLENCE

NEW JERSEY RABBI DETERMINED NOT TO STAND IDLY BY GUN VIOLENCE

He sat behind an L-shaped desk, with an outdated computer monitor to his right, decorated with post-it notes. Between sips of tea, Rabbi Joel Mosbacher shared his feelings on activism and anger. “We talk in community organizing about words that have connotations that people think of as negative and how we can use them in a positive way,” he said. “Whether that’s ‘anger,’ or ‘power,’ these are words that people think are bad things. They’re morally neutral. The question is, what do you do with them?”

There’s no question about what Mosbacher has decided to do with his power or his anger. As the Rabbi at Beth Shalom in Mahwah, New Jersey, Mosbacher understands his power in speaking to his congregation. “I think that people in my congregation are looking for meaning. I really believe that. And that if I’m not talking about what’s going on in their lives and in the real world, then I think Judaism will be more irrelevant to them,” he told Generation Progress.

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HERE’S A WAY TO CONTROL GUNS

HERE’S A WAY TO CONTROL GUNS

Nearly three years ago, in the days after the mass killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, President Obama went to Newtown, Conn., to speak at a vigil for the victims. He spoke movingly, and seemed to embody the nation’s outrage and its determination to reduce the number of people killed with guns in America. “Do not lose heart,” he told the families of the victims. He said he would use “whatever power this office holds.”

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