JWI's Statement on the synagogue shooting in Poway, Calif.

In the past six months, shootings at two synagogues have taken the lives of 12 members of the Jewish community - the latest shooting occurring just two days ago, at the Chabad in Poway, Calif. In the past six weeks alone, synagogues, mosques, and churches around the world have been targeted by gunmen with hateful, extremist beliefs.

Fear and hate should have no home in houses of prayer. Our places of worship should be sanctuaries of peace. 

May the memory of Lori Gilbert-Kaye be for a blessing as we pray for the safe and speedy recovery of all who were injured in this latest terrible shooting. JWI will continue to work tirelessly to end access to AR-type assault weapons, and to ensure stronger background checks.