Shooting at San Diego Synagogue on Last Day of Passover 🕍

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Gregory Bull / AP / REX / Shutterstock

Last Saturday, 3 were injured and 1 killed at Poway Synagogue

Partway through the service, Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein found himself facing a gun and a shooter, wearing sunglasses that hid his eyes. The rabbi threw his hands up in defense, and in the resulting confusion, 1 congregant was killed and 3 were wounded. Oscar Stewart, an combat veteran, chased the shooter back into his car.

How did the rabbi survive?

Lori Gilbert-Kaye, a congregant and long-time friend of Rabbi Goldstein, allegedly stepped in front of the rabbi to shield him from the shooter. She was shot and died of her wounds not long after. Her husband, a physician, attempted to give CPR, and upon realizing that his patient was his wife, fainted.


The Daily Caller: Combat vet who stopped the Synagogue shooter: 'I scared the hell out of him'

Fox News: Doug Schoen: Poway Synagogue shooting calls us to action -- Anti-Semitism can’t be a political football

The right calls attention to the fact that thanks to a combat veteran and a border patrol officer, the violence ended before a bloodbath could occur. Several articles suggest that extra security measures are needed to keep these attacks from reoccurring.


The Daily Beast: Poway Synagogue shooting suspect’s parents call him ‘evil’

USA Today: An 'AR-type assault weapon' was used in Poway synagogue shooting, police say. Was it legal in California?

The left focuses on the destruction caused by the event. They call attention to the shooter himself and the reaction of his family, as well as the social media “manifesto” he posted online twenty minutes before the attack. A few articles bring up that the gun used was legal in the state of California in a not-so-subtle call for more gun control.  

Where's the common ground?

Both sides condemn the actions of the shooter and mourn with Poway Synagogue. Both have used the term “anti-Semitic” to describe the event, and both are taking that extremely seriously. Each side has their own ideas on what should be done to stop these attacks, but both are concerned with ensuring that citizens are safe to worship in the US.




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