Letters | Gun Control and Roald Dahl

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To Be Safe, Need to Round Up the Guns

Gun control is at best taking a backseat to responses to the massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, and locally I am disappointed that gun control was not mentioned in news reports of a Nov. 7 gathering of police, elected officials and Jewish leaders at the Politz Hebrew Academy in Northeast Philadelphia (“Safety Event Stresses Need for Partnership,” Nov. 15).

I am certainly grateful that the community is strongly reacting to this tragedy, but the elephant in the room is gun control. Fatal shootings can only be accomplished when a deranged individual has access to firearms. It is that simple. When would-be killers cannot access guns, can they consistently cause this kind of damage? Gun control would probably have prevented many of the deaths, whether through mass shootings in schools, malls, nightclubs and houses of worship and on the streets of cities like Philadelphia.


Many suggestions mentioned at the Politz meeting are important. State Sen. Sharif Street was correct in referencing President Donald Trump’s rhetoric as emboldening bigoted people, and, of course, anti-Semitism motivated the Pittsburgh killer. However, gun control is critical in preventing more loss of life. I am hoping that Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives will enact effective gun control legislation after they take control on Jan. 3 and the Republican-controlled Senate will follow suit.

If calling for gun-control laws amounts to politics, then it is politics that is ignoring this “carnage,” as Trump might put it.

Bruce S. Ticker | Philadelphia

Delicious Irony in Casting of Dahl Play

Overlooked in an otherwise fine exposition is a delicious irony, especially in light of the Pittsburgh massacre (“Jewish Girls Star in ‘Matilda the Musical,’” Nov. 8).

The play is based on a novel by Roald Dahl, who was a notorious Jew hater. Dahl affirmed in 1983 that the U.S. government was “utterly dominated by the great Jewish financial institutions” and even publicly proclaimed in 1990 that he was “anti-Israel’ and “anti-Semitic.”

That is why the British Royal Mint, which has a tradition of issuing commemorative coins for notable British figures’ significant anniversaries, never did so for him on the occasion of his turning 100 in 2016.

Yes, Roald: Jews such as Ellie Biron and Jemma Bleu Greenbaum have replaced you.

Jesse H. Wohlberg | Philadelphia

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