After mass shooting, Las Vegas rabbi urges lawmakers to pass strict gun laws

One religious leader in the Las Vegas Jewish community believes that tighter gun control laws are needed to prevent more mass shootings.

At the Temple Beth Sholom synagogue on Saturday morning, Rabbi Felipe Goodman told his congregation that U.S. lawmakers must put aside politics and impose stricter regulations on guns if they truly value human life.

Goodman said he supported a citizen’s right to own a gun to protect their home but rebuked a system of regulations that allowed Las Vegas mass shooter Stephen Paddock to amass an arsenal of more than 40 guns and 1,600 rounds of ammunition.

The rabbi added that the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment, like the Torah, must be viewed in modern context.

“If we took ‘eye for an eye’ and ‘tooth for a tooth’ literally we all would have one eye and no teeth,” he said.

Contact Michael Scott Davidson at or 702-477- 3861. Follow @davidsonlvrj on Twitter.

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