Jewish Activist and Legislators Line Up Behind State’s Proposed New Gun Law

Source: Jewish News of Northern California

Loren Lieb’s son, Josh, was shot twice during the North Valley Jewish Community Center shooting in 1999.

At the time, Josh was a 6-year-old at the JCC’s summer camp. When a white supremacist came onto the Granada Hills campus with multiple firearms, Josh was shot in the shin and the hip. Fortunately, the bullets narrowly missed his spine, and he survived.

The incident exposed his mother, Loren, to the grim realities of gun violence in the United States, where approximately 40,000 people die every year from gun-related injuries, according to a 2019 Pew study (some 60 percent of those are suicides), and in excess of 393 million guns are in circulation, according to a 2018 report from the Switzerland-based Small Arms Survey.

... Although not involved with crafting the legislation, Lieb supports the effort to financially incentivize the gun industry to change negligent behavior. Earlier this month, she participated in a press conference announcing the bill at the request of one of its primary authors, Assemblymember Phil Ting, whose district includes parts of San Francisco and Daly City.