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Stand Up Against Gun Violence: Increase Gun Control in the United States

    1. Jessica Levy
    2. Petition by

      Jessica Levy

      Chicago, IL

Gun advocates argue, legally so, that the second amendment grants them the right to own a gun. But, when twelve people die in a movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado, 10 people have died in school shootings in 2012, and hundreds die on the streets of our cities, in our communities everyday, one has to ask oneself, whose rights are being protected?

We as a society must come to terms with the fact that gun violence in this country is out of control. It is unfortunate that there are some crazy people out there, and there are far more sane people, who sometimes lose control or make a careless mistake.  In 2007, 613 people died from an unintentional shooting.

It is far too easy to get a gun in this country. Only ten states require someone obtain a permit to purchase a handgun, only Washington D.C. requires someone to obtain a permit to purchase a shotgun, and in many states in America it is possible for people to bypass background checks when purchasing a firearm through something called the gun show loophole. It is widely known that the U.S. has some of the most liberal gun control laws among Western countries.

It is time that we as American citizens start protecting OUR RIGHTS to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This is not possible when guns threaten our schools, our movie theaters, and our communities. Please tell congress, that we demand a real solution to gun violence in this country that includes stricter gun laws. It is time that we as Americans speak out against fear, against violence and in support of our right to be free from gun violence. 

Sources:

http://smartgunlaws.org/
http://www.bradycampaign.org/stategunlaws/scorecard/CO
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/jun/27/gun-control-in-most-countries-more-stringent-than-/

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    • Joanne Howard CHICAGO, IL
      • about 2 years ago

      If you have to register a car and have insurance; if you have to present papers to indicate you indeed own the car when you want to sell it or transfer title to it; then, why should guns be exempt? We need to get a handle on gun owners, ownership, and control the sale and transfer of guns throughout this country. It's common sense!

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    • C S NY
      • about 2 years ago

      Stephen Barton has inspired me to the lax methods used when it comes to deciding who's allowed to purchase a gun and who is not. This needs to end. Guns are dangerous. We need background checks to make sure guns don't end up in the wrong hands. This is common sense.

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    • Joan Groce TIFFIN, OH
      • about 2 years ago

      It is apparent that guns easily gotten threatens us all. People are frightened that it will be the Wild West again. Joan Groce

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    • Elisabeth Waugaman POTOMAC, MD
      • about 2 years ago

      Jessica, I just went through Change.org and there are many, duplicate, gun petitions on the site basically asking for the same thing—gun control. Is there some way we can all merge our petitions? That would really help. Elisabeth Waugaman (I have one about controlling high capacity clips and magazines. There's another asking Congress to vote for sensible gun laws. How can we merge our petitions?)

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    • Chen Peggy TOKYO, JAPAN
      • about 2 years ago

      The ease of access to guns is what allowed the gunman in NYC today to kill a friend of a friend. Guns should be made very, very difficult to get, even with legitimate reason.

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