The Mass Shootings: Tisha B’Av in America

The Mass Shootings: Tisha B’Av in America

Aug 5, 2019 | by Rabbi Benjamin Blech

America needs a national day of introspection, reflection – and yes, repentance.

Will the barbaric bloodbath murders in the United States never end?

Nine people were killed and 27 were injured Sunday morning in a shooting in Dayton, Ohio, the latest such incident in a grim week of mass shootings across the nation. The attack came less than 24 hours after a man with an assault-style weapon killed 20 people in El Paso at a Walmart and a week after a gunman fired on a garlic festival in Gilroy, Calif., killing three people, including a 6-year-old boy, and wounding 12.

The El Paso murders and the Dayton killings are but the latest instances of deadly mass shootings in 2019, bringing the total number of such incidents up to at least 17. In the past two years we’ve been witness to a stunning number of horrific massacres, each one destroying the lives of scores of victims as well as countless families and friends – the Virginia Beach government offices, the plant in Aurora Illinois, the country music bar in Thousand Oaks California, the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, the capital Gazette newspaper offices in Annapolis Maryland, the Santa Fe high school in Texas, the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland Florida, the church in Sutherland Springs Texas, and the outdoor music festival on the Las Vegas strip.