Eleven people were killed and six injured in a shooting Saturday at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill, a Pittsburgh neighborhood.
The killer, who burst into a baby-naming ceremony, shouted anti-sematic slogans during the 20-minute siege.
The alleged shooter, Robert D. Bowers, was armed with an AR-15-style assault rifle and three handguns, officials said.
My heart goes out to the families whose loved ones died Saturday. But, we need more than thoughts and prayers.
We need gun control and mental illness programs. In addition, I think American leaders need to investigate hate mongering, violent images aimed at children, the lack of programs to help trouble youth, job related triggers, and other factors that may contribute to mass murders.
Where’s the blue ribbon panel on stopping mass murders?
If government officials won’t set one up, organizations and citizens need to take the lead then get officials to take action.
The majority of Americans say gun laws should be stricter, according to a Pew Research Poll. The share of Americans who want stricter gun laws has increased somewhat over 2017. For 2018, 57 percent say gun laws should be more strict than they are currently, compared with 31 percent who say they are about right, while just 11 percent say they should be less strict. Last year, 52 percent supported stricter gun law.
Do research to which of the state legislators and members of Congress support gun control. Vote for them.
In Washington state where I live, Initiative 1639 is on the ballot Nov. 6. If passed, it would raise the age for the purchase of semi-automatic rifles to 21. It would also broaden background checks for purchases of these weapons. If you live in Washington, be sure and vote for I-1639.
“We should all be outraged that action on Capitol Hill has been at standstill,” said Gabby Giffords, former U.S. Representative from Arizona who was shot at a constituent meeting held in a supermarket parking lot, said in a USA Today article. “But we should draw inspiration from success stories playing out in statehouses.”