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Even if the gun that killed four-year-old Jaiden Pratt today had been legally owned...

4-year-old kills himself
with dad's stolen gun
Even if the gun that killed four-year-old Jaiden Pratt today had been legally owned...
(c) Rabbi Menachem Creditor

When Gun Violence conversations "only" point to massacres, we miss the actual 30,000+ Gun Violence deaths that make every day Newtown in America. 33 Americans die every day from Gun Violence. Four-year-old Jaiden Pratt was only one of today's needless victims of Gun Violence. 
  • Even if the gun that killed four-year-old Jaiden Pratt z"l had been legally owned, there still isn't a national registry to locate all firearms.
  • Even if the gun that killed four-year-old Jaiden Pratt z"l had been legally owned, the assault ban has been dismembered by the NRA. 
  • Even if the gun that killed four-year-old Jaiden Pratt z"l had been legally owned, Senator Feinstein's insurance concept will likely fail. 
  • Even if the gun that killed four-year-old Jaiden Pratt z"l had been legally owned, background checks will likely only be slightly expanded for now. 
  • Even if the gun that killed four-year-old Jaiden Pratt z"l had been legally owned, a boy is dead who needn't be. 
The second amendment guarantees a right that requires safekeeping. For more, please see the resource page on my blog: http://rabbicreditor.blogspot.com/p/gun-violence-resources.html and purchase a copy of "Peace in Our Cities: Rabbis Against Gun Violence."

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