Sami Rahamim: "My dad was killed by gun violence" #demandaplan
I've told a lot of people about my dad in the past few months. He was a funny guy -- always ready to make a joke. He came to the US when he was 14 and worked hard to build his own small business. He was warm and kind. People liked him and he was always looking to help others.
On September 27, 2012, my dad was killed in a mass shooting. A former employee came to his office with a gun and murdered my dad and five other people before turning the gun on himself.
I just went to Washington to meet with my members of Congress and talk about gun violence prevention. I was there because Mayors Against Illegal Guns organized a lobbying day for more than 120 family members of victims and survivors of gun violence. I told my members of Congress about my dad, and something amazing happened: they listened. They heard what I had to say, and I think it made a real difference.
Organizing for Action filmed my trip and then came here to Minneapolis to learn more about my dad.
I had a beautiful day today. I stood with my sister, a passionate rabbi serving the U.S. Navy as a chaplain, at the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. We remembered our grandfather of blessed memory, who fought for America and shared hard-earned wisdom with his children and grandchildren.
I looked to my right and saw the Washington Monument. Looked to my left at the Lincoln Memorial. I read quotes engraved on massive stones. And I felt, to my core, one sad feeling: too much war.
Too. Much. War.
The quotes and certain retellings of history would have me believe that we fought for pure purposes: we fought for religious freedom, we fought to end slavery, we fought for freedom for all humanity, we fought to end tyranny. But it's also true that we fought (and fight) for economic interests. It&…