Saturday morning, Americans were once again confronted by the devastating effects of armed hatred. An attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill, Pennsylvania has left 11 dead and others, including members of law enforcement, wounded. We will learn exactly what occurred in the coming days, but one thing is clear: this was an attack carried out by a hateful individual who had easy access to weapons of war.
“Once again, we join people around the nation and the world in sending our thoughts and prayers to families and loved ones of those killed in yesterday’s tragic shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue. We recognize that all too often, guns are used as weapons of hate against innocent victims across our nation. Those put in a position of trust and power to lead have failed to act, so Ohioans For Gun Safety is going directly to voters to adopt common sense background checks for gun safety,” said Anne Wallace, spokesperson for Ohioans For Gun Safety.
This is not an isolated incident. Just this week, we saw two African-Americans gunned down in a hate crime at a Kentucky grocery store.
As we grieve, we must ask how such a dangerous individual was able to obtain the weapons he used to destroy so many families and lives. We must address our weak gun laws in order to prevent future tragedies.