Reenact the Federal Assault Weapons Ban and Make it Law.
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Reenact the Federal Assault Weapons Ban and Make it Law.

    1. Charlotte Horan
    2. Petition by

      Charlotte Horan

      Sudbury, MA

Due to the traumatizing events that occurred on December 14, 2012 at 9:30am at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut, we the people should fight to have the Federal Assault Weapons Ban reenacted and put into federal law. This ban was put into law on September 13, 1994 and expired September 13, 2004. It made it so people could not hold and sell semi-automatic pistols, rifles and shotguns that met the qualifications of the ban. The ban was part of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement act of 1994.

We don't need for there to be another ban, because bans expire. We need this ban to be put into law. We need these qualified assault rifles to no longer be able to be sold to civilians and we need it now because the only way that crime will deteriorate with these kinds of weapons, is if there is federal restraint put on them.

To read more on the ban, please click here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Assault_Weapons_Ban

There have been many attempts to reenact this bill, but none have made it to the floor of the legislature for a vote. This is where we come in. Due to the tragic events at Sandy Hook, there needs to be action taken by the government about assault weapons. What other motive do we need? 27 Innocent lives we lost. Innocent, beautiful, children's lives were lost. YOU by signing this petition can show the government we mean business and we never want a tragedy like what happened at Sandy Hook to happen again. By putting this ban into law we can do that, and make it much harder for people to attain these weapons of mass murder. Is this in protest of our second amendment rights? No. That's not what we are out to protest, some guns can be found necessary in some circumstances, but, we want guns that are made to kill, that can fire and kill 10 rounds in one load, (as classified by the ban) to be off the street. We want life to continue, like we wish we could have the beautiful children and their teachers killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut, lives back. We do not be disrupted by people with murdering guns for a second longer.

 And, to those of you who believe that people kill with guns, not the guns who kill people. You're right. But, if they were ban these special kind of guns it would make it so much harder for these weapons to get into the hands of people who can use them irresponsibly. 

To:
The Government
Reenact the Federal Assault Weapons Ban and Make it Law.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Mary Matzek MURPHYS, CA
      • 23 days ago

      Because our gun laws increase deaths of the innocents, not decrease them.

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    • Valerie Del Priore COLONIA, NJ
      • about 1 month ago

      Why are Americans experiencing so much gun violence? Get it together, come to an agreement and fix this issue. It's a bigger deal than you people are making it. Please! Reenact the Federal Assault Weapons Ban and Make it Law.

      Thank you! Valeire

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 7 months ago

      Make the change you want to see!

      A violent ex-tenant used his firearm against his girlfriend to make her afraid!

      Facts about violence and gun violence:

      The presence of a firearm in a home with domestic violence can transform an argument into homicide in a fraction of a second. Firearms and domestic violence are a lethal combination, for example injuring and killing women,children and bystanders every day in the United States.

      In one study of 25 high income countries, the United States represented just 32% of the female population but accounted for 84%of all female firearm homicides.

      A gun is the weapon most commonly

      used in domestic homicides. In fact, more than six times as many women are murdered by guns used by their current or former intimate partners

      than are killed by male strangers’ guns, knives or other weapons combined.

      332,014 people died from guns between 2000 and 2010 in the U.S.. That number is greater than the populations of U.S. cities such as St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and Cincinnati.

      31,328 people died from gun violence in 2010, or roughly 1 every 17 minutes.

      A gun in the home makes homicide three times more likely, suicide up to five times as likely, and accidental death four times higher than in nongun owning homes.

      Access to firearms increases the risk of intimate partner homicide more than five times than in instances where there are no weapons, according to a recent study. In addition, abusers who possess guns tend to inflict the most severe abuse on their partners.

      Over 40 percent of guns sold in the U.S. are done so without a background check.

      Gun Violence & Women

      94% of female murder victims killed by men are killed by a man they

      knew. In other words, females are 16 times as likely to be killed by a male acquaintance than by a male stranger. In 2010, 1,017 women, almost three a day, were killed by their intimate partners.

      In 2010, 52 percent of female homicide victims killed by men were shot and killed with a gun. Female intimate partners are more likely to be murdered with a firearm than all other means combined.

      Women suffering from domestic violence are eight times more likely to be killed if there are firearms in the home.

      The Facts on Women, Children and Gun Violence

      Handguns are more likely than rifles or shotguns to be used in homicides in which men kill women. In 2010, handguns were used in 70 percent of cases where

      men used firearms to kill women.

      In 1998, for every one woman who used a handgun to kill an intimate acquaintance in self defense, 83 women were murdered by an intimate acquaintance using a handgun.

      Access to firearms increases risk of intimate partner femicide more than five times

      .

      Gun Violence & Children

      2694 children and teens died from guns in 2010. That’s a roughly equivalent to a

      Newtown massacre every three days.

      Between 1979 and 2010, more children and teens died from guns (119,079) than U.S. soldiers in the wars in Vietnam, Korea, Iraq and Afghanistan combined.

      In a study of 23 high income nations, 87 percent of children under age 15 killed by guns lived in the United States. The same study found that the gun homicide rate for teens and young adults in the U.S. ages 15-24 was 42.7 higher than in the other high income countries combined

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      More than half of youth who commit suicide with a gun do so with one obtained from

      their home and more often than not, the gun belonged to a parent.

      In 2009 more 15-19 year olds died from gun violence than any other cause except

      motor vehicles.

      In 2010, 82 U.S. children under the age of fivedied from guns.

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    • marlea shirley N MUSKEGON, MI
      • 8 months ago

      This should be important to anyone that puts family above macho-rebel-cowboy theories.

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    • Derek Young CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA
      • 8 months ago

      Guns should be regulated similarly to automobiles.

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