The artwork on this note card was created by 5768 WRJ Art Calendar artist Césan d’Ornellas Levine.
Building upon the executive order that President Obama issued in January to reduce gun violence, the White House recently announced progress on its implementation. The update had three main components:
For the first time, the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security will define the requirements that manufacturers would need to meet for law enforcement agencies to consider purchasing guns with smart technology, and have committed to completing this process by October 2016.
The Department of Defense will help manufacturers test their smart firearms technology at an army test center in Maryland. Manufacturers may also be eligible for cash prizes as an incentive to participate in the program.
Lastly, the federal government is providing guidance to state and local governments regarding grants to help purchase smart gun technology. These updates will create momentum around smart gun technology, which has the potential to save countless lives.
Jewish scripture encourages peaceful pursuit of our mutual welfare. Isaiah exhorts the people of the earth “beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks” (Isaiah 2:4). Just as we are commanded to turn weapons of destruction into tools for the greater good of society, it is important that we update our firearms technology for the safety of our community. These updates to the President’s executive order will help the United States to do just that.
President Obama’s executive actions and recent updates are significant and meaningful on their own, congressional support is needed to comprehensively tackle this crisis; to find and fully implement the executive order; and to make sure these common sense steps are not overturned by future presidents. It is important to take action and urge your Members of Congress to support President Obama’s executive order to prevent gun violence.
The next webinar in our gun violence prevention Active Learning Network series is on Tuesday, May 17 at 12:00pm ET. It will focus on how to participate in local action through Metro IAF’s Do Not Stand Idly by Campaign. Related to the President’s recent announcements, we will also learn about how to harness the purchasing power of the government to invest in smart gun technology and reduce gun violence.