Mad World

When will the madness of gun violence stop? Oh, I forgot. The answer is never. Not in this country.

A 60-year-old Orthodox rabbi from Brooklyn, N.Y., on his way to a local synagogue was gunned down in broad daylight Saturday morning after two young men opened fire on him on Northeast 175th Street, according to Miami-Dade police and a local activist in the Jewish community.

The shooting victim, Joseph Raksin, was walking eastbound on Northeast 175th Street at about 9 a.m. when he was confronted by the two young men. Following an altercation, Raksin was shot by one of the two young men, police said.

It’s unclear what the altercation was about or how many shots were fired at Raksin. But Raksin’s critical wounds prompted authorities to immediately airlift him to the Ryder Trauma Center, where he later died.

The shooting took place in an area of unincorporated Northeast Miami-Dade near North Miami Beach, where swastikas found painted on a local synagogue last month has worried local Jewish leaders.

Hope our friends at the NRA are happy.

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D.R. Tucker

D. R. Tucker is a Massachusetts-based journalist who has served as the weekend contributor for the Washington Monthly since May 2014. He has also written for the Huffington Post, the Washington Spectator, the Metrowest Daily News, investigative journalist Brad Friedman's Brad Blog and environmental journalist Peter Sinclair's Climate Crocks.