How About Now? A Note from Rabbi Davidson

Dear Friends,

We are still learning the details of today’s horror at a Texas elementary school. As we view with anguish the images from Uvalde, and pray for the victims’ families and their entire community, we acknowledge, once again, that it requires more than prayer to end the plague of gun violence that continues to afflict America. It demands action.

June is National Gun Violence Awareness Month. Awareness we have. Action we haven’t had. How about now? What will it take?

Guns kill more than forty thousand Americans a year and more than one hundred a day. More than two hundred mass shootings have taken place in America this year, and 2022 is not half over. This was the year’s twenty-seventh school shooting!

Leviticus 19:16 admonishes us: “Do not stand idly by while your neighbor’s blood is shed.” And yet we stand by year after year as the lives of thousands, including school children, are cut down by gun violence!

May the One who makes peace in the heavens inspire us to do the work of justice and peace on earth by demanding meaningful action lest we stand idly by while another drop of innocent blood is shed.

Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson