Believes such acts are anathema to the values upon which this nation is founded
Washington, D.C., October 2, 2015 – The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), in response to yesterday’s shooting at Oregon community college, issued the following statement:
The JCPA is appalled by this latest senseless shooting. We pray for the victims and their families, and we call for reasonable gun violence control measures to save more innocent lives from meeting the same tragic ends. What’s more, it appears this crime may have been motivated by anti-Christian bias. Crimes based on prejudice and hatred are deplorable and are anathema to the fundamental values of democracy upon which this nation is founded.
The overwhelming carnage from the endless stream of mass shootings is utterly unacceptable. Comprehensive and fully enforced gun regulation and violence prevention is needed to restore the safety of our schools, communities, and public spaces. While no single solution will prevent all future tragedies, we are committed to supporting efforts to save lives.
The JCPA has long supported measures such as background checks; waiting periods; limits on the most dangerous weapons; and registration, licensing, and tracking of guns. The JCPA also urges robust efforts to give every person access to mental health treatment. All of these reforms should be carried out in the context of a reasonable balance of interests under the Second Amendment.
The JCPA, the public affairs arm of the organized Jewish community, serves as the national coordinating and advisory body for the 16 national and 125 local agencies comprising the field of Jewish community relations.