Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting

October 27, 2018

Andrew Patrick
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America is Under Siege by Armed Hatred

Washington, DC (October 27, 2018) — This morning, Americans were once again confronted by the devastating effects of armed hatred. An anti-Semitic attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill, Pennsylvania has left at least 10 dead and numerous others, including members of law enforcement, wounded. Our hearts and prayers are with the people of the Tree of Life Synagogue, the residents of the Pittsburgh region, and the entire Jewish community today. We will learn exactly what occurred in the coming hours and days, but one thing is clear: this was an attack carried out by a hateful individual who had easy access to weapons of war.

Hate seems to be consuming our country right now. Just this week, we saw two African-Americans gunned down in a hate crime at a Kentucky grocery store and high profile national figures targeted in a series of bombing attempts. Since Donald Trump took office, we have seen attacks on innocent Americans by right wing white nationalist groups. We have seen a spike in hate speech, online and in person, that continues to divide and demean our fellow Americans. We are a nation coming apart at the seams, and our leaders are not equipped to unify the country; they are the ones who have sown the seeds of division.

Today, we mourn the lives lost at the Tree of Life Synagogue. We mourn for the Jewish community. As we grieve, we must ask how such a dangerous individual was able to obtain the weapon he used to destroy so many families and lives. Hate and easy access to guns are a deadly combination. We must address our weak gun laws and the hatred underlying these horrific acts in order to prevent future tragedies.


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