NCJW Hails President's Action to Curb Gun Violence

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January 5, 2016, Washington, DC – The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) today welcomed President Obama’s executive action to reduce gun violence and make our communities safer. NCJW CEO Nancy K. Kaufman released the following statement:

“The National Council of Jewish Women stands with President Obama’s common sense efforts to address the epidemic of gun violence in our country. The ease and accessibility of guns — often with no questions asked — has resulted in the escalation of death by guns around the country, causing fear and anxiety every time we leave the house for work, to attend school, to watch a movie, or to worship. Congressional gridlock has resulted in deadly consequences, and today the president said ‘enough.’

“NCJW’s board of directors called on President Obama in October to take some of the very steps announced today, including clarifying that anyone ‘engaged in the business‘ of selling firearms must be licensed and conduct background checks. In 2012, 6.6 million guns were sold with no such check for the buyer. And, the internet has become a vast marketplace for guns where millions of buyers can easily find unlicensed sellers and buy guns in almost total anonymity. Background checks, supported by 90 percent of the public and a majority of NRA members, are a key deterrent that can keep convicted felons, domestic abusers, and other dangerous people from acquiring guns.

“We are particularly heartened that the president’s announcement included efforts to ensure that US attorneys coordinate with state, local, and tribal law enforcement and community groups focused on domestic violence to help combat such violence and to prevent prohibited individuals from obtaining firearms. Abusers are more likely to kill a current or former partner with a gun than with all other weapons combined, and abusers with access to guns are more than 500 times more likely to kill a partner than those without firearms. Further, the additional funding the president will include in his FY2017 budget for 200 new Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearm agents and investigators who can help enforce our current gun laws is a step in the right direction.

“But executive actions are not laws. And, there is much more that needs to be done in addition to rigorous enforcement of firearms laws already on the books. Congress must keep our communities safe by passing new laws that will close all gun loopholes, crack down on gun trafficking, and keep guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals.”

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. More information on Facebook and on Twitter at @NCJW.

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