Synagogue Shooting

Group personally affected by synagogue shooting starting grassroots gun control effort

PITTSBURGH — The 2018 deadly shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue left the Squirrel Hill community shaken to its core.

Resolving to do all they can to prevent another mass tragedy, three Pittsburghers have created an organization that strives to reduce the epidemic of gun violence in our country.

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"Right now is of unique time because there are serious attempts to pass legislation at the federal level, at the state level and as you probably know, in the city and we are trying to have a voice at all levels," Carolyn Nad, a member of Dor Ha'Dash and leader of the Squirrel Hill Stands Against Gun Violence steering committee, said.

Operating under Cease Fire Pennsylvania  they've been able to hit the ground running. Meeting with politicians, spiritual leaders of all denominations and lobbying in Harrisburg for new gun laws.

"When the spotlight is off, it's always harder to organize but it's inspiring. People are putting the work in," Squirrel Hill resident Andy Henderson said.