If the Newtown rabbi is able to turn in petitions from at least 2 percent of his district, he could still be the first rabbi elected to Congress.
“I’ve gone as far as I can as a private citizen,” the rabbi and gun control advocate said. “Now I know I can do a lot in Congress.”
Rabbi Shaul Praver comforted families in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting and later advocated for gun control.
Since the Newtown rampage, two rabbis who have been personally touched by gun violence have sought creative ways to change our culture. They say Congress isn’t the place to start.
Legislative leaders in Connecticut, where a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at an elememtary school in December, said on Monday they had agreed some of the toughest gun regulations in the nation and expected to adopt them this week.
The rabbi of a synagogue in Newtown, Conn. joined Christian and Muslim clergy from the place of last year’s massacre of schoolchildren in an open letter to Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), urging him to back far-reaching gun controls.
Rabbi Shaul Praver of Congregation Adath Israel in Newtown, Conn., is working with other clergy to help the community heal after the rampage at Sandy Hook School.