The community is invited to join a campaign by state religious leaders to get federal, state and local government officials to buy smarter, safer guns from manufacturers with responsible practices on Thursday, January 16, at 7:30pm, at Bnai Keshet in Montclair.
Leaders of Jewish, Christian and Muslim congregations and citizens’ groups of New Jersey Together, an affiliate of Metro Industrial Areas Foundation, will meet with local police officials and mayors to further strategize on using governmental purchasing power to push gun companies to achieve higher safety standards.
Nine months after Bnai Keshet Rabbi Elliott Tepperman and Beth Haverim Shir Shalom Rabbi Joel Mosbacher of Mahwah, as co-chairs of New Jersey’s team, began organizing around getting government officials to demand that companies make safer guns, the effort won support from national and international allies.
Mosbacher, who joined IAF organizer Joe Morris and three other clergy on a weeklong trip to Europe to lobby gun makers to toughen rules for gun sales in the U.S., will summarize the results of his fact-finding mission and its impact on what’s next for the purchasing-power strategy.
“In Europe, and in the United States, my colleagues and I are seeing an emerging market for smarter, safer guns and better distribution practices by gun manufacturers,” Mosbacher said, in a New York Daily News op-ed. A’Actually, in the interests of full disclosure, let me rephrase that: we are helping create that market.”
For more, visit www.bnaikeshet.org or call 973.746-4889.