WHEREAS in our efforts to restore the world to sanity we affirm the following position which we take knowing full well the complexity of such an issue but knowing also that we cannot be silent,
WHEREAS we members of the Central Conference of American Rabbis have become increasingly aware of the great loss of human life in the United States due to the proliferation of handguns in so many sectors of our society including homes and schools, and
WHEREAS the handgun has been accurately and positively identified as the weapon used most frequently in cases of rage and passion where one or more persons are killed or maimed, and
WHEREAS children and young people between the ages of 1 and 19 have easy access to guns of family and friends resulting in a mounting toll of young deaths and serious injuries, and
WHEREAS the handgun is appearing with increasing frequency in high schools and more and more students are killed and injured by these guns each year,
BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that the members of the Central Conference of American Rabbis call upon the Congress of the United States and all state legislatures to speedily enact such legislation as will effectively ban the sale of handguns to all citizens except (1) the military, (2) duly authorized police officers, (3) qualified and competent security personnel who will have possession of such handguns only in direct performance of their duties, and (4) sports target shooters duly licensed by local authorities, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that such legislation shall make provisions for collecting and redeeming in United States currency all handguns now in possession of citizens, aliens, residents and visitors of the United States, other than those authorized and heretofore enumerated, namely: (1) the military, (2) police officers, (3) qualified and competent security personnel, and (4) sports target shooters duly licensed by local authorities, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that individual members of the Central Conference of American Rabbis will assist and encourage organizations and individuals who are at present and who may in the future work knowingly and diligently for such state and federal legislation, namely to ban the sale of handguns to the general public and to collect and redeem those handguns presently in the possession of persons other than (1) the military, (2) police officers, (3) qualified security personnel, and (4) sports target shooters duly licensed by local authorities, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this Resolution be mailed to the President and Vice-President of the United States, that copies be made available in quantity and that each member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis be urged to send a copy of this Resolution to each member of the legislatures of the individual states where the member of the Conference resides, and that the President of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations be asked to send a copy of this Resolution to the members of the Joint Commission on Social Action of the UAHC-CCAR seeking endorsement and implementation of this or a similar resolution at the forthcoming Biennial Convention of the UAHC.
WHEREAS the loss of life and personal injury from the use of such weapons grows astronomically, and
WHEREAS the Central Conference of American Rabbis has been on record in previous years in support of gun control.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the CCAR urge local, state, and national officials to restrict the sale of all handguns and to ban the sale of automatic weapons to the general public.