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Some Jewish views of Obama's
efforts after Sandy Hook.
Harry Kirsbaum I Contributing Writer
n the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School
tragedy on Dec. 14, when 20 schoolchildren and six
adults were murdered in Newtown, Conn., President
Obama called on Congress Jan. 15 to renew a ban on
assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and to
implement universal background checks for those pur-
While many Jewish organizations
support the measures, many Jews say
the problem of violence is caused not
only by guns, but by other widespread
causes, and the bans trample on Second
Amendment constitutional rights.
Sharon Lipton, president of the
Community Relations Council
of Metropolitan Detroit, cited a "long-
standing policy" supporting stricter gun
control laws and has been opposed to
more permissive concealed weapons regulations.
"Our Jewish community has a deep and abiding con-
cern for public safety, firmly rooted in Jewish tradition,
which compels us to uphold the sanctity of life and the
commandment against murder," she said.
Lipton, who also serves as the Michigan state policy
advocate co-chair for the National Council of Jewish
Women, said that issues that affect quality of life and pub-
lic safety are important to both organizations.
"Since 1969, NCJW has worked hard for sensible gun
legislation:' she said. "NCJW will work to ensure the
success of the White House initiative. As citizens and
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Despite the odds, this local
blended family makes it work
for their kids.
Ronelle Grier I Contributing Writer
Eve y Week
hen Darrell Marx and Jill Sherman-
Marx ended their 11-year marriage,
they made a different kind of vow:
to put their three children first and resolve their
disagreements without putting the kids in the
Almost 10 years later,
that vow remains intact, work: Jade Marx,
despite both parents'
remarriages and a large
Josh Charlip and
blended family. The two Emeri Charlip, Jill
families spend birthdays Sherman-Marx,
and holidays together.
They back each other up Chase Marx, Jill
when schedules conflict
with parenting duties.
They have keys to each
other's homes and even
attended each other's weddings.
Despite couples' best intentions and high
hopes, approximately half of all marriages in
the United States end in divorce, and 50 percent
of new marriages involve children from one or
both partners. Unfortunately, the majority of
these divorces are contentious, causing long-
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