Based on a source sheet originally prepared by Rabbi Joel Mosbacher’s for a discussion on Gun Violence Prevention for the CCAR/RAC.
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The Talmud does not forbid weapons, but it does forbid selling weapons and their accessories to certain people. How might this relate to gun violence prevention today? What might be considered modern “auxiliary equipment”?
How would you relate the Torah's principle of "you shall not bring blood on your house" to guns in a home today?
Please note the Torah did not forbid the making of flat roofs, dogs, or ladders; it forbade dangerous ones. Do you think this distinction applies to guns? Why or why not?
According to this passage, what is the general attitude of the majority of the Rabbis towards weapons? Why?
What does Judaism have to say about balancing the right to armed self-defense, responsible selling and handling of weapons, and not making weapons into idols?
How might this text apply to the responsibility of gun manufacturers to play their part in reducing gun violence?