Tragedy strikes at Pittsburgh synagogue


On Saturday October 27, a gunman shot and killed 11 people at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. This shooting marks the deadliest direct attack on Jewish people in American history. The shooter was identified as Robert Bowers, a 46-year-old white male who told a law enforcement officer, “I just want to kill Jews.” Bowers was armed with an AR-15 style assault rifle and at least three handguns.

  The 11 victims were all adults who were part of the Tree of Life Congregation. Their ages ranged from 54 to 97, ages that would have made them very aware of the hatred that the Jewish people faced during the Holocaust. The gunman did not know the victims personally, making the victims truly innocent people that were unjustly and wrongfully murdered.

  Sanderson junior Naomi Novik stated, “As a Jewish-American, I cannot help but feel outraged at this situation. America is supposed to be a safe place for people of all religions, and this attack should not be taken lightly.”

  The Young Americans Protest (YAP!) group, composed of Sanderson students, gave an official statement on the matter, stating, “No man or woman should be subject to any kind of pain for the free exercise of religion afforded to him or her by our Constitution, least of all death, and the violence expressed on Saturday remains intolerable and evil.”  America must decide how to progress and establish precautions that will prevent a tragedy like this from happening in the future.