I would venture to guess that while people in our time get no angrier, they get a lot more depressed. Mental illness effects one in four. Suicide rates are rising, especially among young people and the military, and suicide is much more likely to be “successful” when you stick a gun in your mouth than when you overdose on pills. When you use a gun, there usually is no second chance. That’s why Moses did not get a second chance. The Torah understood how serious violence can become when it spirals out of control. The spinning bullet is the embodiment of that spiral. And like a diamond, a bullet is forever. Anger and depression impact us all. That does not make us bad people. Pills and rods don’t kill. Sticks and stones merely break bones. But a gun in the hand of an angry man or depressed woman – it’s the gun that kills, Mr. LaPierre.
Ending this plague is a moral imperative AND a Jewish imperative. It is universal and particularistic. It is the cry of our generation.
FAQs from CT Against Gun Violence
The Enough Campaign
Rabbinical Assembly Source Sheet: Gun Control-Individual Freedoms vs. Communal Needs
Jewish Sources on Gun Control and the Right to Bear Arms
Guide to Effective Messaging in Preventing Gun Violence
Healing the Soul of America from Gun Violence: Joint Clergy Statement
Interfaith Coalition Calls for a National Call In Day