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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Worst Mass Shooting in US History Requires Congressional Action, Not Complacency
October 2, 2017, Washington, DC – The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) today expressed shock and sadness at the mass shooting in Las Vegas on October 1, the worst in US history. NCJW CEO Nancy K. Kaufman released the following statement:
“The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) condemns the vicious attack in Las Vegas last night. So far, the shooting has claimed the lives of at least 50 individuals, with more than 400 wounded. Our hearts go out to the victims, their families, and their communities. May their memories be for a blessing.
“While we do not yet know the motivation behind this attack, we do know that mass shootings in America are getting deadlier. Only 16 months ago, the country faced its then worst shooting in modern history when a gunmen took the lives of 49 individuals at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, targeted because they were LGBTQ. We demand that Congress act to stem the tide of this senseless violence before yesterday’s tragedy becomes just another record to be broken.
“Federal lawmakers must act now to restrict access to automatic weapons, reject the current bill before Congress that would make it easier to buy silencers, and instead focus on how to make our communities and our country safer. NCJW expects nothing less from our elected officials.”
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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