Congregation Dor Hadash — one of three congregations attacked on Oct. 27, 2018 — released a statement on April 8 in response to President Joe Biden’s executive actions on gun safety and the nomination of David Chipman to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Chipman currently serves as an adviser for the gun control advocacy group named for former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in 2011 in Tucson, Arizona.
On April 8, Biden announced several executive actions addressing gun violence, including efforts to restrict “ghost guns,” self-assembled firearms without serial numbers. Another proposed action would
clarifiy that certain modified pistols are short-barrel rifles and thus subject to the requirements of the National Firearms Act.
Dor Hadash “applauds the executive actions announced today and the nomination of Mr. Chipman,” the congregation said in a press release. It also encouraged additional action.
“President Biden’s administration can only do so much on its own, and far more is needed before the United States can achieve meaningful gun safety,” the Dor Hadash statement reads. “Once again, we urge Congress, state legislatures, and our other leaders to enact crucial gun safety measures, starting with a ban on assault weapons and the institution of universal background checks for all firearm purchases.”
Dor Hadash member Dan Leger, who was shot and seriously wounded during the attack at the Tree of Life building, thanked Sen. Bob Casey for his “commitment to gun safety” and urged Sen. Pat Toomey “to step up”
“By supporting legislation on background checks, assault weapons and high capacity magazines, Senator Toomey can end his term of public service with a meaningful legacy as a gun safety advocate.” PJC
— Toby Tabachnick