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(RNS) Each morning, Sami Rahamin attends synagogue to recite the Kaddish memorial prayer for his father, who was shot dead by a disgruntled former employee. Then he turns his attention to a faith-based crusade: gun control.


  1. Donald C Kosloff

    Contrary to the headline, there is no religious mandate for gun control. None was presented in the article. There is; however, a God-given right to keep and bear arms that public officials, such as congressmen have a sworn duty to defend.

  2. Donovan, supporting mental health is crucial, but the killer is someone who should not have had access to guns and likely would not have found his way to illegal weapons. In my city we regularly have news items about 2-3 year olds killed by guns carelessly left around the house. Guns are absolutely the problem, and the people who purchase them are culpable as well.

    • I grew up with a father who owned multiple guns. We now own over 80 different types and calibers. An accidental shooting of a child is tragic don’t get me wrong, but somebody had to pull the trigger. A gun does not shoot by itself. The parents of those children should have taught their kids gun safety or kept them locked up, just as my dad did when I was younger, but saying guns are the problem is not the case at all. Guns have never killed people, it’s the person standing there holding the gun. Also, anyone has access to a gun, mental state is not a part of the background check so saying he wouldn’t have access to guns because he’s a mental case is also a wrong assumption. Plus, if guns are banned then we move to knives, and pencils, and so on. Anything becomes a weapon at that point.

  1. […] Minn. teen finds a religious mandate for gun control after father's death Rahamim, who is taking a break from his senior year of high school while being tutored at home, said losing his father was akin to “being pushed off a cliff.” The question became “what am I going to cling to, what branch am I going to grab?” Each … Read more on Religion News Service […]