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Wednesdays at Adas Israel Congregation
2850 Quebec St. NW, Metro: Cleveland Park—Red Line
Guns and Gun Violence—Is There a Jewish Answer?
Instructor: Tom Diaz
May 4, 11, 18 at 7 p.m.
This fact-based course seeks to address the issue of guns and gun violence in America from a
neutral perspective, with special attention to insights from Jewish thought and historical
May 4: The Problem—A Primer on Guns and Gun Violence in America. An intensive introduction
to the types of firearms available in the United States—their history, how they work, and their
design implications. At the end of this session, participants will understand such terms as
“semiautomatic,” “machine gun,” “high-capacity magazines,” and more. They will leave with
handouts containing more detailed information and links to sources of data about the types and
prevalence of gun violence in America.
May 11: The Solutions?—The law and the Law. This session will survey existing federal and
state laws regulating firearms. What’s legal, what’s not? What are the major proposals for more
laws or regulations? What do their advocates and opponents say about them? At the midpoint of
this session, we’ll switch to discussing the specific historical experiences of Jews and points of
reference from Jewish thought about violence, self-defense, and tikkun olam.
May 18: So, nu? In a (lightly) moderated final session, participants will discuss the ultimate
question of what, if anything, Jews bring to this issue or should do about it.
Tom Diaz, a member of Adas Israel, has six decades of experience with firearms, from Boy
Scouts and the military through Congressional and advocacy work, including for a gun violence
prevention group. He has written two books and many articles about guns and the gun industry.
Despite a long history of advocacy, he promises that this course will be as neutral as humanly