Ask The Disease Specialist: Why Is It So Hard To Beat The Plague?

On the afternoon of Feb. 14, a young man armed with an assault rifle intruded onto the campus of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where he had been expelled, and began spraying bullets into a crowd of terrified students and teachers.

By the end of the six-minute massacre, 17 people were killed and another 15 injured. The suspected shooter was later identified as Nikolas Cruz, a disturbed young man with an alleged history of mental illness. In the days that followed, as anger, grief and calls for gun control legislation reverberated throughout the nation, we asked members of the Jewish community — among them rabbis, politicians, activists and psychologists — to respond to the plague of gun violence.

From Indignation to Transformation

by Rabbi Sharon Brous, IKAR, senior fellow at Auburn Seminary

All Are Responsible

by Rabbi Marvin Hier, Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance

Shot and Scarred at 6 Years Old

by Joshua Stepakoff, gun violence survivor

Yes to Gun Ownership. No to the NRA.

by Joshua Greer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and gun owner

Gun Violence is a Public Health Issue

by Mike Feuer, Los Angeles city attorney and co-founder of the national coalition Prosecutors Against Gun Violence

The Consequences of Anger

by Orli Peter, clinical and neuropsychologist

What the Second Amendment Does Not Guarantee

by David N. Myers, Sady and Ludwig Kahn Professor of Jewish History at UCLA

The Limits of Proposed Gun Laws

by Rabbi Mordecai Finley, Ohr HaTorah

A Culture That Glorifies Violence

by Dara Barlin, founder Dynamic Action Research Education Consulting

What If Government Can’t Solve This Problem?

by Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky, B’nai David Judea

The Stain on the American Soul

by Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin, author and leader of Temple Solel in Hollywood, Fla., 30 minutes from Parkland

Don’t Punish Law-Abiding Citizens

Elan S. Carr, criminal prosecutor, military officer and Iraq War veteran

Forget Pie-in-the-Sky. Try Real-World Proposals

Ben Shapiro, author and editor-in-chief at The Daily Wire

Gun Control: The Most Dangerous Conversation

by Rabbi Amy Bernstein, Kehillat Israel

Proposed Gun Control Doesn’t Go Far Enough

by Joseph Sanberg, founder CalEITC4Me

Letter to God

by Rabbi Lori Shapiro, The Open Temple

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