A young woman mourns at a makeshift memorial near the scene of a mass shooting at a shopping complex, Aug. 6, 2019, in El Paso, Texas. (AP/John Locher) (AP/John Locher)
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“We should also focus upon the loss of values which has plagued America for generations,” says Rabbi Steven Pruzansky of the Coalition for Jewish Values.

By United With Israel Staff 

The Coalition for Jewish Values (CJV), which says that it represents over 1000 traditional rabbis in matters of public policy, called on Wednesday for the cultivation of a “renewed culture of life” on the heels of the two mass shootings in the  U.S. over the weekend.

At least 31 people were murdered in the shootings, which took place in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.

“We should all agree that the mentally ill should not have access to guns,” said Rabbi Steven Pruzansky, Eastern Regional Vice President of the CJV, “but we should also focus upon the loss of values which has plagued America for generations. Several generations of values-free education have produced too many values-free children, in which life itself has little value or meaning.”

The CJV says that it is rejecting efforts to politicize these tragedies, noting that the two shooters “claimed to be at opposite ends of the political spectrum,” and that, in any case, far more people die each year in individual or smaller acts of violence.

“Americans have had similar access to guns for many years,” said Rabbi Yoel Schonfeld, Vice President of the CJV.

“Calls for gun control go back to the assassination of Robert Kennedy in 1968, but do not reach the root of the problem. People who cherish the value of human life are slow to take one,” Schonfeld added.

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