In fifteen years as a rabbi, I have written about guns after too many tragedies – Jonesboro, Columbine, University of Texas, Virginia Tech, Colorado movie theater – and these are just the ones that jump to mind immediately. I am sickened by the news out of Connecticut that there was a shooting at an ELEMENTARY school.
While there were no guns in the days of the Bible or Talmud, I believe that two Jewish principles apply.
“When you build a new house, you shall make a parapet for your roof, so that you do not bring bloodguilt on your house if anyone, (lit. “the one who falls”), should fall from it (Deuteronomy 22:8).”
“You shall not insult the deaf, or place a stumbling block before the blind (Leviticus 19:14).”
We have an obligation as a society to protect people from obvious dangers. Our current gun laws do not protect us or our children. Further, we have an obligation to prevent people with some sort of limitation from hurting themselves and others. We must do a better job of keeping guns out of the hands of the mentally ill.
What will it take for us as a society to put in place some common-sense rules regarding gun ownership?