Religious group takes up gun control debate

January 12, 2013 9:00:00 PM PST
Within the walls of the Kehillah Synagogue in Chapel Hill, people came together to discuss options for gun control from a Jewish perspective Sunday.

"We've developed a range of ways of responding and we're in the process of figuring out how we can be most effective in bringing our voice to the national dialogue and supporting gun control measures," Rabbi Jen Feldman said.

The topic is timely following the recent mass shooting in Newtown, Conn. The tragedy that struck the Sandy Hook community is still fresh on the minds of synagogue members.

"This is one of those moments for addressing assault rifles and how easy they are to get and how easy it is to get clips that can fire 30 rounds in an instant. There's no need out there for those to exist," synagogue member Kathy Kaufman said.

Sociology professor Benjamin Albers outlined the current status of gun control in the U.S. along with the history behind it at Sunday's meeting. The goal was to raise awareness of the issue and get a discussion going among the congregation as to how to best curb gun violence.

The Kehillah Synagogue is joining other Jewish groups by signing a petition calling for greater gun control in the country.

Feldman said the synagogue hopes to host more discussions on the top of gun control in the future.

"Join in in learning more about the issue and to join the discussion as we plan together what our action steps are going to be in relationship to this issue," Feldman said.

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