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Against Gun Violence

In Case You Missed It: Gun Violence Prevention By Karen Levi

Read the entire article in the June 2021 issue of BJC Insights.

With the following words by Rabbi Sunny Schnitzer, the joint Bethesda Jewish Congregation and Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church’s program for Gun Violence Protection(GVP) began on May 3, 2021.

“Our hearts have long been broken by gun violence. Broken hearts are not our problem. Numb hearts are our problem. We ask that you place into our hearts not only compassion for the victims but action on their behalf. Give us strength and fortitude for the long struggle. Let our voices rise together and never cease until all people, from the battlefields to our cities to our broken homes can live without fear. May all who feel that owning a gun is the only solution to their fear have their hearts renewed with love and faith in You and faith again in humanity.”

The virtual presentation consisted of a short film entitled, DIY Gunshot Treatment on Chicago’s South Side. Though the film was brief, it was surprisingly intense. I am certain many of the viewers felt tears welling up in their eyes. The movie depicted small groups of teens, as young as 15-years-old, learning first aid for gunshot wounds from specially trained lay instructors. The teens were taught about staunching the bleeding, which is often the cause of death among gunshot wounds.

Something I did not know is that the police, after securing a crime scene, are not required to administer first aid to a victim. Law enforcement frequently attempts to prevent bystanders from helping a victim. Another horrifying aspect—and the cause of unnecessary deaths--is the refusal of hospitals to treat gunshot victims. One young man in Chicago was transported 45 minutes away by ambulance to a Shock Trauma Unit. Due to the long trip and the lack of appropriate lifesaving treatment, the teen died. If you would like to watch the film, it is available on YouTube. Click here for the link. 

After the film, two experts shared their insights. A question and answer session followed. Reverend Gray concluded the thought-provoking program.

If you are interested in becoming more active in the fight for Gun Violence Prevention, the following are suggestions to jumpstart or increase your involvement.

If you would like to receive periodic updates on gun violence prevention events and legislative actions in Maryland, Virginia, and D.C., contact Barbara Faigin

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