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Calling for a Congressional investigation of the CDC, IDSA and ALDF

We are experiencing a health crisis here in New Hampshire and across the country with the growing epidemic of Lyme disease. A number of legislators have personally been affected and have introduced legislation to address this problem. Here are just a few recent examples. Massachusetts Representative David Linsky: “The occurrence of Lyme disease has reached near epidemic proportions in Massachusetts. Virtually every family in Massachusetts has been affected by Lyme disease in some way. Lyme disease is a public health crisis in the Commonwealth.” Read more… Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York Senator Richard Blumenthal: "Today for me culminates more than a decade of work and probably a decade more, because I've seen firsthand the devastating, absolutely unacceptable damage done by Lyme disease to individual human beings, Connecticut children and residents whose lives have been changed forever as a result of Lyme disease” Read more…. New Jersey, Pennsylvania Congressman Chris Smith: "It seems everywhere I go, someone comes up to me to talk about how Lyme disease has severely impacted their lives or someone they know," Read more… Virginia Virginia Governor’s Task Force Chair Michael P Farris, Esq: "Doctors here in Virginia are committing malpractice by saying the ELISA test is sufficient." Read more… Texas Sen. Harris says he was severely affected by the disease, but “got a lucky break.” His doctor, constrained by a disciplinary board that limited antibiotic use for tick-borne illness to 1 month or less, arranged for 17 physicians to take turns writing prescriptions for Sen. Harris’s treatment. Read more… Two HoustonTexas physicians tested their chronically ill patients for Lyme disease via CDC Western blot criteria finding all patients positive for the infection in a state where the prevalence of Lyme infected ticks is only about 1-2%. “No history of bull’s-eye rash or illness following tick bite was reported by these patients.” The CDC defines “Lyme disease” exclusively as a zoonotic illness. Congenital and gestational transfer cases have been disregarded for reasons not evident to us”. Read more… Congenital Transmission of Lyme: 28 Peer-Reviewed Studies After spending four years on this subject the following statement from a physician on the front lines treating the late stage Lyme epidemic for a quarter century rings true: “In the fullness of time, the mainstream handling of chronic Lyme disease will be viewed as one of the most shameful episodes in the history of medicine because elements of academic medicine, elements of government and virtually the entire insurance industry have colluded to deny a disease.” We have studies proving persistent infection after antibiotic treatment for mice, dogs, ponies, monkeys, cows, iris biopsy, and ligamentous tissue but if you perform a simple Yahoo search for the following statement, “There is no convincing scientific evidence that chronic Lyme exists” you will find the top search results are connected to “elements of academic medicine” involved in the denial of the late stage Lyme epidemic. Persistent Lyme infection: 273 Peer-Reviewed Studies Circular reasoning: "Suppress all evidence and then proclaim there is no evidence" “One way to stop an epidemic is to redefine it by narrowing the disease's diagnostic criteria so tightly that it's hard for any chronically ill Lyme patient to fit the profile and obtain insurance reimbursement.” Read more… The following CDC letter (Dec 1996) addressed to former Senator Alfonse D’Amato promising to inform the medical community that the CDC’s Lyme case definition was created for reporting purposes only and not intended for clinical diagnosis is yet another failure on the part of the CDC to follow up on their responsibilities. Countless numbers of Lyme patients have been denied treatment and insurance reimbursement as a result of the restrictive case definition.  Read more… Jan 2004 testimony from Paul Mead, M.D., M.P.H. Medical Epidemiologist from the CDC’s Division of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases: “No surveillance case definition is 100% accurate. There will always be some patients with Lyme disease whose illness does not meet the national surveillance case definition.”  Read more… Seronegativity in Lyme borreliosis: 103 Peer-Reviewed Studies There has been a combined effort on the part of the CDC, IDSA and ALDF to use the media for propagating the Lyme disease disinformation campaign following Chomsky's propaganda model. They have used Medscape, Family Practice News, The New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet Infectious Diseases and now The American Heart Association to spread the disinformation. This deliberate campaign is aimed at purposely confusing our medical community to keep case numbers artificially low by omitting the late stage of the disease entirely as there is absolutely no medical training whatsoever for the later stages of this disease (Willful Ignorance) so patients are often ping ponged though the medical community for years or decades before obtaining a late stage Lyme diagnosis. Nine Steps to Deny an Epidemic on a National Level 101 Letter to the editor of Clinical Infectious Diseases questioning the validity of Dr Alan Steere’s research. Read more…. Letter to the editor of Clinical Infectious Diseases questioning the validity of Dr Gary Wormser’s research. Read more…. Dr Alan MacDonald’s letter to the editor of Clinical Infectious Diseases questioning the reality of the abstract by Lantos, Auwaerter, and Wormser: Read more….. Agenda-driven bias:  “People with these types of agendas may be more likely to abuse meta-analysis due to personal bias” NEJM editor: “No longer possible to believe much of clinical research published” When “evidence based medicine” has been spun to fit bias agendas and the patient voice has been intentionally ignored who investigates the dishonest science? Email message sent to the editors of the publications listed above announcing this petition. Read more… It’s all about the VACCINE It has become blatantly obvious that the CDC will go to great lengths to insure that Lyme disease remains within its narrow definition in order to fit the vaccine model. Chronic Lyme does not fit any vaccine model.  The CDC has long known about the virulence and persistence of this spirochete focusing on a vaccine as the cure-all to this world wide epidemic. The late stage/chronic Lyme community has become collateral damage for a vaccine market in the course of a government sponsored initiative as Baxter’s phase III clinical trials are underway. The CDC has aligned itself with institutions/researchers with a bias against persistent infection and has misused its authority by inappropriately allotting government funds to Mass General Hospital (Dr Alan Steere) and New York Medical College (Dr Gary Wormser) as identified in the following communications. Read more…. The Principle Investigators of the two previous Lyme vaccines: Allen C. Steere for SmithKlineBeecham's LymeRix and Gary Wormser for Connaught's vaccine (which never made it to market) have conceptualized a disease that would enable vaccine development. The one-size-fits-all Lyme treatment guideline (lead author: Gary Wormser) matches the conceptualized disease. A preventive vaccine for Lyme disease would not satisfy the FDA if a chronic persistent infection and seronegative disease exist. Post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome is simply a fabricated medical condition disguising treatment failure. Seronegativity in Lyme borreliosis: 103 Peer-Reviewed Studies It remains questionable that a Lyme disease vaccine is practical for an infection that produces a lack of immunological memory (unlike Measles, Mumps etc.) so the Wormser study fabricating a six year strain-specific immunity makes perfect sense for the marketing/acceptance of such vaccine as identified in a letter to Editor in Chief, Ferric C. Fang, M.D. Infection and Immunity.  Read more… The producers of the documentary, “Under Our Skin,” submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to investigate possible conflicts-of-interest of three Centers for Disease Control (CDC) employees who control public health policy for Lyme disease. (Barbara Johnson, Paul Mead and David Dennis) That request was finally fulfilled (May 2012) from the Department of Health and Human Services (five years later!). The information received is highly redacted with approximately half the information cut. What does the CDC know about Lyme disease that requires hiding from the public? The Centers for Disease Control has betrayed the public trust. For more on the FOIA see Poughkeepsie Journal article # 1    article # 2 By Mary Beth Pfeiffer Mary Beth Pfeiffer of the Poughkeepsie Journal highlighted the worst conflicts of interests between federal officials and a core group of researchers receiving government grants in the “ties that bind” page. Read more… Who is responsible for the “highly pathogenic” clone of the Lyme disease bacteria, (Borrelia burgdorferi) found in Europe and North America as reported by the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases? Read more… The following list establishes who knew what and when identifying their contribution to the disinformation campaign aimed at denying persistent Borrelia infection. When subpoenas are issued CDC officials cannot claim conflicts of scheduling issues and must attend to testify under oath regarding the mishandling of Lyme disease. Congressional Investigation Subpoena List 1. CDC Officials DAVID DENNIS (1) (2) (3), C. Ben Beard, Barbara Johnson (1), Paul Mead (1), Joseph Breen     Former NIH Lyme Program Officers Phillip Baker, Edward McSweegan (1)(2) 2. IDSA Lyme Treatment Guideline Authors  (1) (2) (3) (4) Gary P Wormser (1), Raymond J. Dattwyler (1), Eugene D. Shapiro,          John J Halperin (1), Allen C. Steere (1), Mark S Klempner (1),   Peter J. Krause, Johan S. Bakken, Franc Strle, Gerold Stanek,                  Linda Bockenstedt (1), Durland Fish (1) (2), J. Stephen Dumler, Robert B. Nadelman     Academic Medicine Paul Auwaerter, Arthur Weinstein (1) 3. The American Lyme Disease Foundation Phillip Baker, (1) (2) Executive Director Please call your legislator and respectfully urge immediate action from the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives to fully investigate the facts surrounding the failures of leadership and management deficiencies by requesting a Congressional investigation of the CDC, IDSA and ALDF (Find your Senator) (Find your Representative) Yolanda Foster on Lyme disease, one of the "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” Dr Alan MacDonald on Alzheimer's and Lyme disease, “The Biology of Lyme Disease: An Expert's Perspective” Remarks: World Wide Lyme Rally & Protest Kenneth B. Liegner, M.D. Lyme disease testing flaws and conflicts of interests The Barry Marshall affect on chronic disease Inconvenient truths Bullying of Lyme patients List of abbreviations CDC: Centers for Disease ControlIDSA: Infectious Disease Society of AmericaALDF: American Lyme Disease Foundation Carl TuttleHudson, NH03051 Website: New Hampshire Lyme Misdiagnosis  Letter to the Editor, The Lancet Infectious Diseases Published May 2012 The Tuttle family was featured on New Hampshire Chronicle’s “Living with Lyme” with the program archived on their site in six small segments for viewing on the computer Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6

Carl Tuttle
67,171 supporters
Petitioning Donald Trump, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Department of Veterans Affairs, Alabama State Senate, Alabama State House, Alabama Governor, Florida State Senate, Florida State House, Flo...

Congress: Let all children of U.S. military service members unite with their families!

I’m Jenifer Bass, a U.S. Navy veteran, who served for 10 years, one-third in the Asia-Pacific region. It was due to my travel between ports in countries like Japan and Thailand that I first encountered amerasian children, and descendants, of U.S. service members and civilian contractors previously stationed overseas. Filipino Amerasians are abandoned and neglected biracial children of Filipino mothers and American fathers (mostly members of the US armed forces). In the Philippines alone, more than 52,000-plus children were born and left behind after the U.S. Navy withdrew the last of its military personnel in 1992. Right now, the U.S. government won’t legally recognize them as U.S. citizens, despite having been born to an American parent. The Philippine Embassy won't help them either. As a former US colony between 1898 and 1946, the Philippines was home to millions of US soldiers and their dependents, even after its independence. Until 1992, the country hosted two of the largest US military facilities outside the US – Clark Air Base and Subic Naval Base, which played major roles during the Vietnam and first Gulf wars. In 1982 US Public Law 97-359, or the Amerasian Act of 1982, allowed children from Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Kampuchea, or Thailand to move to the US and eventually become American citizens, but those who were from the Philippines were excluded from the law, an exclusion which was upheld by the US Senate on the basis that many Filipino Amerasians were “conceived from illicit affairs and prostitution”, and were born during peacetime. Today, there are estimated to be more than 250,000-plus children. Many amerasians are caught in a no-man’s land of discrimination and poverty -- most left behind by U.S. service members who are unaware that they’ve fathered children overseas. My friend John Haines is one of these sailors. In 2011, John discovered he was the father of a half-Filipino daughter, Jannette. He attempted to unite with her through the American Homecoming Act -- but was frustrated to learn that the Act did not apply to Filipino children of U.S. service members. Today, all John wants is to be united with his daughter and grandchildren. He, like so many other veterans are living with a “hole in their hearts” as they search for ways to unite with their children. There is hope. The Uniting Families Act of 2018, HR 1520, creates a specialized visa allowing military veterans and eligible civilian contractors to sponsor their children and grandchildren for U.S. citizenship. Currently, blood relationship must be proven by DNA test and the total number of visas granted will be capped at 5,000 each year. The issue takes on more urgency as so many of our veterans from our wars in Southeast Asia are getting older and dying each day -- without the chance to connect, or in some cases, reconnect with their own children. John’s daughter Jannette has already undertaken the DNA testing process, conclusively proving her relationship to her American father. All she’s waiting for is the opportunity to permanently unite with her father. There is a PBS documentary, "Left by the Ship" (2010), documenting a day in the life and the personal struggles as a Filipino amerasian on the never ending search for identity and their struggles to connect to their American military families. Please sign this petition to tell Congress that these families cannot wait another day. Pass the Uniting Families Act of 2017, HR 1520, now!

Jenifer Bass
33,367 supporters
Victory
Petitioning New Hampshire Governor

Tell New Hampshire Lawmakers: Helping Animals Is Not A Crime!

My name is Declan. I’m an 11 year old 6th-grader from New Hampshire. I love animals and believe that we have a responsibility to protect them from cruelty and abuse. I need your help to stop the dangerous “Ag Gag” bill that would cause more animals to suffer.New Hampshire’s government is considering a bill that pretends to help animals, but actually protects animal abusers!For years, animal protection charities have been conducting investigations that expose terrible cruelty in the meat, egg and dairy industries. Can you imagine locking chickens in tiny cages where they can’t even spread their wings for their whole lives? Or putting pigs in crates where they can’t turn around or move more than a step forward or backward? I get bored just sitting in my room sometimes when I can't go out and play with friends, so it must be so miserable in these 'factory farm' conditions where they treat animals like commodities instead of living beings.The companies that own the factory farms and slaughterhouses don’t like these videos coming out. You’d think they’d respond by being less cruel to animals so there would be nothing bad to videotape. But instead of doing the right thing, these factory farmers want to just keep us all in the dark about animal abuse and punish those who would expose it!The legislation the meat companies (factory farms) are pushing to try and trick people that they care about the animals, is called House Bill 110. The good news is that we have a chance of stopping this terrible bill. My mom and I are doing this petition because we know our governor, Maggie Hassan, and other lawmakers in New Hampshire care about animals. We need to remind them that animal cruelty is the real crime, not exposing it! I'm just a kid, but I know what's right and what's wrong. And you don't even need to be in school to know that being honest is important. Please join me in standing up for animals by signing my petition – we’re their only voice!

Declan and Stacie Gregg
7,613 supporters
Petitioning President of the United States

Remove the penalty that prevents people with disabilities from marrying!

When we think of marriage equality, we think about the ongoing fight LGBT couples face, but another minority group must deal with the stark reality that they are better off living in long-term committed relationships, without marriage. Like LGBT couples, these couples are denied the right to over 1,100 rights afforded to married couples. They have been denied access into their loved ones hospital rooms, faced family disputes over wills and have been denied spousal benefits from their partners workplace or the government in the event of their partners death. These are people with disabilities. Many people rely on the government for medical and financial assistance. Without medical insurance they would have no way to live independently. They would be forced into nursing homes (some already are), which would cost the government significantly more than getting Medicare and/or Medicaid does. At the same time, this assistance comes with a price. The government expects married couples to share income and that affects any assistance the couple receives. For many, their spouse makes too much (even if they make meager SSDI payments). This cuts into the healthcare services these couples receive. For some, their able-bodied partners make too much to allow them to qualify for medical assistance, if married, but not enough to pay out of pocket for costly medical equipment, medicine, or any other needs the disabled partner has. Add in the fact that even when a person with a disability can work, the opportunity for quality medical insurance is hard to find, due to their pre-existing condition and you will understand why many couples with disabilities are forced to live in domestic partnerships. Also, if two people with disabilities marry and they are on SSI or SSDI, their payments are CUT significantly, making it hard for them to maintain independence and afford their own food, shelter, clothing or other necessities. The time to stand up is now!! Let your Senators and Representatives know you want to remove the income caps placed on individuals with disabilities, so they can keep the government assistance and still be able to get married. Every loving couple deserves the right to marry. No one should have to choose between their wheelchair and their love, their therapy and their love, their medication and their love, their ability to eat or have a roof over their head and their love!! Those are not choices!! Help make it possible for those with disabilities to share their love without being penalized!Join our fight for marriage equality for people with disabilities:https://www.facebook.com/MarriageEqualityForPeopleWithDisabilities

Dominick Evans
6,860 supporters
Petitioning Alabama State Senate, Alaska State Senate, Arizona State Senate, Arkansas State Senate, California State Senate, Colorado State Senate, Connecticut State Senate, Delaware State Senate, Florida Stat...

Require Amazon to Collect and Remit Sales Tax For All FBA (Fulfilled By Amazon) Sales

Please require Amazon to collect and remit sales tax for all FBA (fulfilled by Amazon) purchases. Requiring the hundreds of thousands of small businesses to register in every state and collect and remit in all applicable states is not practical -- it is a complex, heavy financial burden on small businesses and it is causing states to lose billions of dollars in tax revenue each year. With E-commerce now playing such a big role in the local economies, and with Amazon being THE major player, it is time for new legislation to be passed so that these matters can be properly addressed, removing any doubt regarding State sales tax liability and nexus -- especially as it relates to Amazon FBA and similar programs. If Amazon FBA was recognized as consignment, from a sales tax perspective, as it should be, then this would solve a lot of the associated issues that we are currently seeing. Laws vary from state-to-state, but most states require that the consignee (the store, or, Amazon in this case) should collect and remit sales tax. Arguments regarding consignment, who the seller really is and who the 'supplier' is: 1. FBA 'Suppliers' (as they should be called, and not FBA 'sellers') do not choose how/where their products are stored/shipped. 2. Commission is paid to Amazon on each unit sold. 3. FBA 'suppliers' must adhere to Amazon policy. Suppliers do not have the right to refuse sale/shipment without consequence and do not collect any money on transactions (all transactions are handled and controlled by Amazon, the store owner, with the supplier having no participation in said transactions). 4. FBA 'suppliers' have no real relationship with the customer as nearly all communication is prohibited as per Amazon (this relationship is owned and controlled by Amazon, the real seller). 5. Amazon provides advertising for products that they sell, including FBA products. Suppliers have no say in that message or how it's presented. 6. Amazon charges a 'monthly, rental fee' (FBA subscription fee) to display FBA products at their property, as well as additional fees for special exposure (e.g. special ad types or brand page vs. window or end-cap at front of store), as well as additional fees for how the product may be presented (e.g. videos on listing vs. in-store display). 7. Product ownership does not transfer to Amazon (the store owner), but sits on Amazon's shelves until a buyer is found...at which point, the buyer should pay the appropriate sales tax (Amazon/the store owner, is responsible for collecting and remitting this, as they handle all transactions with the end-buyer and own the property where all merchandise is stored and sold). 8. et al. Amazon should be charging and then remitting the sales tax to all applicable states -- not the FBA seller. Not only would this eliminate any argument about complexity or what constitutes nexus amid the varying, questionable and ever-changing interpretations that each state has established, but convincing the States to get behind it should be easy if they only had to pursue one entity (Amazon), in lieu of the hundreds of thousands of small businesses that currently operate within the US marketplace. It is estimated that the majority of the FBA sellers that sell on the Amazon-US marketplace are operating on foreign soil, and do not have a legal entity that is locally established inside of the United States. How are the states going to force compliance if a foreign seller, using a foreign bank account, is operating outside of the jurisdiction of local law? This poses serious problems and creates an environment of unfair competition if foreign sellers can offer products 10% cheaper due to not having to collect and remit sales tax. If Amazon were required to collect and remit on all FBA sales, not only would this reduce costs, man hours and complexity etc., but it would be a lot easier to ensure compliance and remittance. States could get the tax dollars that they desperately need, instead of missing out as they do now. If things continue as they are, States will waste tons of money auditing individual sellers and pursuing legal action, all, unnecessarily. Since Amazon has decided to take full custody of its customer base and is essentially acting as consignment, this should put sales tax liability on Amazon's shoulders, not on FBA sellers. Since FBA sellers are currently required to collect and remit for all states where they are deemed to have a substantial nexus, then, in order to do that, they must first register their business in that State, apply for permits etc., and admit to having a substantial nexus. Just having a single box of inventory in one of Amazon's warehouses will be sufficient for establishing nexus for most applicable states. Amazon may move inventory around, however they see fit, and in doing so, will force FBA sellers to have nexus in those states, oftentimes, unknowingly. Once nexus is established for a particular state, it applies to ALL subsequent sales to that State -- so, if a seller wants to sell something on Ebay, and the buyer is located in the nexus state, then that seller would need to collect and remit sales tax, even if that inventory was stored in and shipped from their home. If FBA sellers are required to register in all of the applicable states and admit that they have a substantial nexus, they would then potentially be subject to Corporate/State income taxes for that state, use-tax for all products/services, franchise taxes, non-resident taxes, opportunity taxes and other, associated fees/taxes etc.. If non-local businesses have to admit that they have substantial nexus due to a single box of inventory, and if they have to remit in the same way (or worse) as a local business that is actually operating out of that state, then what other tax implications and responsibilities will they be subjecting themselves to? And wouldn't this put undue burden on FBA sellers? And isn't that illegal? Please require Amazon to collect and remit sales tax for all FBA (fulfilled by Amazon) purchases. Thank you.

American Citizen
3,140 supporters
Petitioning Jeanne Shaheen, Maggie Hassan, Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Governors, New Hampshire State Senate, Kelly Ayotte, Ann Kust...

KEEP HOPE FOR N.H. RECOVERY CENTER OPEN!!!!!

Hope for N.h Recovery Center is being closed down 4 out of 5 centers. One of those Hope Centers being in Berlin N.h. We have barely any type of recovery help. The Hope For N.h. Recovery Center was one of the best things that happened to our community. It brought so many addicts in to begin their journey of recovery. Including myself! It has been nothing but a great impact on all of us and our town. The center has provided many meetings for anyone in need. I have personally have shown such great effort and consistency at the Hope Center I was honored to receive the key to the building and to run and facilitate some of those meetings. It has helped me greatly in my recovery.  I know our local recovery center being shut down will cause great negative impact. There is no doubt in my mind that over doses will rise,  along with drug crimes. We live in a small town as is. With little to nothing to do. The Hope Center has provided fun things for us to do, other then just the meetings. We need to be heard. Please help with funding. We need someone with a powerful voice. Who can help us keep the Hope for N.h Recovery Center open. Please sign. I pray someone who has power sees this and can help us!   

Monique Levesque
2,905 supporters
Petitioning New Hampshire State House, New Hampshire Governor, New Hampshire State Senate

Citizens of New Hampshire, it is time to begin working on sensible gun laws

We, Alexandria Baker, Mara Brooks, Mackenzie Finocchiaro, and Violet Villanueva, four students at Pinkerton Academy in Derry, New Hampshire, have written a letter which is to be sent to our representatives, senators, and governor. Below is the letter verbatim. Any signatures which we may receive on here, any posts spreading this petition on social media, would be of great value to us as we begin to fight against our state's senseless gun laws which allow for such violence as the most recent shooting in Parkland, Florida. We would like to thank all of you in advance, the readers, for your time and consideration in reading this letter:  We, the undersigned, write this letter in response to recent events concerning gun violence. Similar to many of the victims of the recent Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, we are currently high school students. In light of this recent event, we have become very concerned for our safety and future as we finish up our final year at high school. We, the writers of this letter, are currently attending Pinkerton Academy in Derry, New Hampshire, a school with over twenty academic buildings and a student population which matches that of Marjory Stoneman Douglas. Throughout these past few weeks on campus, there has been a notable rise in anxiety amongst our student body, as we are now forced to come to school worrying about when our lives will become the next statistics in a news article.  The large size and openness of our campus have left us feeling highly vulnerable, especially in the face of gun control laws that are far too relaxed.   In the state of New Hampshire, citizens are not required to be licensed for ownership of a long gun or handgun. In fact, these weapons do not even need to be registered. The appalling ease with which any citizen can acquire such a deadly piece of technology allows for a sizeable gap in the regulation of gun possession and therefore leaves ownership open to even the most unstable or violent civilians. However terrifying these laws, or lack thereof, appear in context with gun violence in America, they only stand in the shadow of perhaps an even greater legal crisis in the state: the ownership of assault weapons. Currently, in New Hampshire, there are no laws prohibiting the ownership of assault weapons. As of present day, any New Hampshire citizen who so desires could acquire an assault rifle with notable ease. In fact, it was the AR-15, the exact sort of assault-weapon allowed in New Hampshire, which took more than forty lives in Sandy Hook and Marjory Stoneman combined. Assault weapons such as the AR-15 are derivatives of military ammunition that have one specific purpose: to kill another human being.  One may argue that such weapons may be used for hunting or protection against home invasions.  However, any knowledgeable hunter would not choose to use a high-powered assault rifle while hunting, as the magnitude and power of the bullets would severely damage the animal. As for protection against home invasions, such guns are very long and take up much space, and holding the gun while trying maneuver around the house makes escaping the attack very difficult.  Assault rifles were not produced to hunt.  Assault rifles were not produced to protect individuals from invasions.  Assault rifles were produced for one purpose and one purpose only: to kill another person. No law-abiding civilian has any logical reason to own a machine that is built to kill.  With this being said, we seek that the New Hampshire state legislature ban the use, sale, and ownership of said assault rifles. One may argue that banning assault rifles will not do anything to prevent future mass shootings, as perpetrators will find other means of carrying out such heinous crimes, such as less powerful handguns, and that there is nothing that can be done to prevent mass murders.  This is very true.  Shootings can still be carried out with simple handguns.  However, less powerful handguns do not have nearly the same power capacity as assault rifles.  A mass shooting with a handgun would result in far less damage than an assault rifle, as less powerful non-automatic weapons take much more time to prepare and load with ammunition than assault rifles do.  There would be far less damage done, as security officials would be able to apprehend the person in ample time.  And we are not calling for banning handguns, as we recognize that there is a time and a place for the Second Amendment.  However, our Founding Fathers did not write the Second Amendment to give criminals the means of easily slaughtering numerous innocent people.  If we can take away high-powered assault rifles, then any future perpetrator will be deprived of the means to easily carry out such a terrible crime of such a horrible magnitude. God forbid, but if the tragic occasion were still to come about, then we could at least reduce the gravity of the situation and save many more lives.  However, none of this can happen without action on the local and state level. Since the events at Marjory Stoneman, New Hampshire has remained largely silent. At Pinkerton Academy, students continue to go about their daily routines, walking from class-to-class through the strip of pavement which extends behind the Hackler Gymnasium and branches out to every one of the academic buildings on campus. While school administration has begun to strengthen school security and increase the regulation of visitors, a feeling of dread still hangs over students at the Academy, as we wait nervously for Pinkerton to appear in the headlines as the newest tragedy, just like Marjory Stoneman Douglas. We do not write this letter in order to repeal the Second Amendment, nor do we write this letter to the strip the law-abiding Americans of their handguns and long guns. Just as importantly, we do not write this letter to criminalize those weapons which have been appropriately used for hunting and home security. We write this letter because we fear for our lives. We write this letter because we fear for our 3,200 classmates who walk that strip behind the gym, for our 3,200 classmates whose lives could be terminated at any moment by a weapon built for murder. We write this letter to ask you, our representatives, senators, and governor, to take action against the senseless violence of which innocent Americans have been victims for far too many times. It is time that we put an end the legal possession of assault weapons in the state of New Hampshire. It is time for us to make gun ownership a process which allows possession of firearms for only the safest and most secure New Hampshire citizens. Most importantly, we write because no student should go to school having to worry that he or she may not come out alive.   *Cover photo courtesy of the Union Leader. http://www.unionleader.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20150827/NEWS04/150829207/1008/NEWS04  

Students of Pinkerton Academy
2,353 supporters
Petitioning U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, President of the United States, United States Supreme Court, James Clyburn, Mike Thompson, Alabama State House, Alabama State Senate, Alaska State Senate...

Ban Assault Rifles in the US

Note: This petition is supporting an improved version of the original federal Assault Weapons Ban. Now, when gun violence is running rampant in our country, when 96 innocent Americans are fatally shot every day, when countless citizens are forced to live their lives in fear - we know that it is not the time to stay silent, it is the time to act. The deadliest shootings in US history were all committed using an AR-15. Just imagine the countless innocent lives that would have been saved ... and now will be once this ban is enacted. During the original ban on these weapons beginning in 1994, school shooting victims were reduced by 54.4%, and the number of overall mass shootings decreased sharply. When the ban expired, however, the number of mass shootings in the US nearly tripled. With an improved version of this ban, it is only obvious that even more lives will be saved. These weapons cause immense tissue destruction, when compared to other guns, and easily pulverize multiple large organs on impact with only a single bullet. In fact, Ernest Moore, an award-winning trauma surgeon and avid hunter for over 40 years stated that these rifles were, "designed to deliver fatal wounds to multiple individuals within a short time period; having no other purpose." The only possible argument for keeping these weapons would be the constitutionality of the issue, however, this argument is fictitious, as they are not actually protected by the second amendment. With the power of jurisdiction, federal courts have ruled four times that bans on assault weapons were constitutional. In fact, no federal appeals court has ever ruled that assault weapons were protected by the second amendment. This clearly depicts how a ban on assault weapons would not infringe on anyone's rights.  Now, we as a country must make a choice. We can choose a safer future for our children, a future where we have the right to feel secure in our schools and communities, and a future where dozens of innocents are not slaughtered daily. Or, we can choose to do nothing. We can choose to sit back and watch our children shot down, and mass shootings become only more pervasive. But I have faith in our country's people. I believe that we, the citizens of the United States, will make the right choice, the choice for survival. I believe that we will stand together and against all odds, prevail. With this in mind, I strongly urge you to stand with us, to stand on the right side of history and to support this petition to prohibit assault rifles in our country. Sincerely, a student concerned about our nation's future,Lela Tolajian

Lela Tolajian
1,201 supporters
Petitioning United Nations, President of the United States, Ban Ki-moon (Secretary-General of the United Nations), United Nations Security Council, United Nations Development Program, Angela Merkel, Justin Tru...

Formally Acknowledge That Extraterrestrial Intelligences Are Engaging the Human Race

Extraterrestrial Intelligences Engaging the Human Race - Disclosure Petition to the United Nations, World Governments, and the International Media and PressTwo decades after the end of the Cold War it is no longer acceptable for any nation, organization, or media/press outlet to withhold from our world's citizens the truths confirming that we are not alone in the universe. Indeed we are being visited by extraterrestrial lifeforms and have been for decades, as evidenced by unexplained phenomena world-wide. Until this "truth embargo" is ended, governments, organizations and world citizens will not engage, the universities will not teach, the media will not properly cover, and granting institutions will not fund the myriad of profound issues relating to extraterrestrial phenomena and their impact on humanity. Building upon previous Disclosure efforts by Paradigm Research Group and The Disclosure Lobby, we are petitioning for the following: "We, the undersigned, strongly urge the United Nations, World Governments, and the international media to formally acknowledge an extraterrestrial presence engaging the human race and encourage the immediate release into the public domain all files from all agencies and military services relevant to this phenomenon. We also petition the United Nations and United States Government to investigate and hold public hearings on these matters and for the international media and press to cover these stories without bias." Evidence of an Extraterrestrial PresenceHundreds of military and government agency witnesses from around the world  have come forward with testimony confirming this extraterrestrial presence. There have been, to date, thousands of eyewitness sightings of unexplained aerial phenomena (UAP).  The last significant effort to document these phenomena in the US ended in 1969, with Project Bluebook.  More recent efforts, like MUFON, have been citizen led, and have documented thousands of UAP sightings, crop and earth circles, and experiencer accounts.  >See Evidence Why Disclosure is the Key Issue of Our TimeThere are several reasons why disclosure of the extraterrestrial presence is so important at this time and, in fact, critical to our nation’s security.  Citizens of the U.S.and the world need to be briefed on these matters as it is highly possible other foreign governments will disclose. It is widely known that there is a significant phenomenon at work across the globe.  World cItizens must be informed of our governments' knowledge and accumulated evidence. Common Knowledge of Our Extraterrestrial Visitors and Their IntentionsAs noted above, most citizens are aware of the UAP phenomenon, and the majority know that our governments are not telling us the truth.  What is not widely understood is who these neighbors are, and what their intentions are, positive or negative.  Releasing historical documents and current research and engagement with extraterrestrial life is necessary at this time. Governmental TransparencyWe need an end to the truth embargo and we need our governments to reveal the full history of extraterrestrial engagement with our citizenry, both positive and negative.  We need full knowledge of secret space programs and other military activities in this arena. Suppressed Technologies That Can Aid HumanityWe are aware that there are a number of suppressed technologies, including free energy, that have been withheld from our citizenry. We know that extraterrestrial craft have been reverse-engineered and that our military and space programs have craft of their own.  These craft, we acknowledge, are part of the unexplained aerial phenomena our citizens have observed.  However, we know that they are not all man-made.The truth embargo is blocking the availability of extraterrestrial derived technologies to address the growing challenges facing the human race.  Whatever has been learned from the study of retrieved extraterrestrial craft - particularly the propulsion and energy systems - is held hostage within deep black projects. The Truth Embargo Must EndThis is not the first time that we, the citizens of the world, have called for this disclosure.  We have been told repeatedly that our governments have little knowledge of the extraterrestrial phenomenon, but we know this is not true, as the truth has been leaking out for some time now  Despite extensive media coverage of these emerging testimonies in the United States, the Obama administration made no comment whatsoever regarding this evidence and the national security implications.  We expect the United Nations and the United States to take this Disclosure matter seriously and engage with its citizens transparently.  This is the most important issue of our time and we deserve to know the truth.  References The Disclosure Activists: https://medium.com/we-are-not-alone-the-disclosure-lobby  Nuke tampering media coverage:  http://tinyurl.com/87x6ldj Rockefeller Initiative:  http://tinyurl.com/8x7k9lfConfirming Documents:  http://tinyurl.com/8x7k9lf  /  www.presidentialufo.com/bill-clinton More quotes: http://www.paradigmresearchgroup.org/QuotesPage.htm Presidents and UFOs: http://www.ufoevidence.org/topics/Presidents.htm Previous Petition to White House: http://www.neonnettle.com/features/412-new-white-house-petition-could-see-full-government-disclosure-of-e-t-s  

The Disclosure Activists
1,081 supporters
Petitioning North Carolina State House, North Carolina State Senate, North Carolina Governor, Richard Burr, Pat McCrory, Thom Tillis, Norman Sanderson, Virginia Foxx, Alma Adams, David Price, G.K. Butterfield,...

Justice For Jholie! Jholie's Law

The AMBER ALERT originated in the United States in 1996. AMBER is officially a contrived acronym for America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response, but was named after Amber Hagerman, a 9-year-old abducted and murdered in Arlington, Texas in 1996. A brief description would be something to the effect of: AMBER (America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response) Alerts are emergency messages broadcasted when a law enforcement agency determines that a child has been abducted and is in imminent danger. The broadcasts include information about the child and the abductor, including physical descriptions as well as information about the abductor's vehicle - which could lead to the child's recovery An AMBER Alert is actually defined as " an emergency response system that disseminates information about a missing child, by media broadcasting or electronic roadway signs." The AMBER Alert™ Program is a voluntary partnership between law-enforcement agencies, broadcasters, transportation agencies, and the wireless industry, to activate an urgent bulletin in the most serious child-abduction cases. There are certain requirements known as "Activation Criteria"  that are requested to be met before an AMBER Alert will be issued. These requirements are as follows: 1) There is reasonable belief by law enforcement that an abduction has occurred. 2) The law enforcement agency believes that the child is in imminent danger of serious bodily injury or death. 3) There is enough descriptive information about the victim and the abduction for law enforcement to issue an AMBER Alert to assist in the recovery of the child. 4) The child’s name and other critical data elements, including the Child Abduction flag, have been entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) system AMBER Alerts are approved by law enforcement and issued by broadcasting companies. The key to an AMBER Alert is that it is proven, an ABDUCTION has taken place. The AMBER Alert Initiative is a great system to have in place. However, this Alert does nothing to help children when it can not be proven they were abducted. So what happens when a child is presumed a runaway, when really they were abducted? We do not currently have any Alert System that will notify the general public in situations such as these. JHOLIE'S STORY Jholie Moussa was a sixteen year old female from Alexandria, Virginia, who went missing January 12, 2018, at approximately 1615, after telling her twin sister she would be right back, and walking out of her front door. When Jholie did not return the family got worried, it was not like Jholie to do this kind of thing. The family contacted the police, and after an initial investigation the police department determined that Jholie had ran away willingly, due to the fact that the home security camera caught her walking out the front door on her own. Because she was considered a "runaway" police refused to issue an AMBER Alert for this young lady, because the "ABDUCTION" requirement had not been met even though all other requirements were met, no matter how much the family pleaded with them to issue the alert. They continued their investigation, but not for a missing "endangered" child per say, but for a runaway, which isn't taken no where near as serious, and  is not put out to the public. Jholie's family and friends continued searching for her for the next two weeks. Then Jholie's body was found dead in a park less than a mile from her home, behind a tennis court on January, 26th, 2018. The family and friends truly believe that Jholie's life could have been saved, had an AMBER ALERT, or a SIMILAR ALERT been issued the first day to the public. Due to the failure of the system, because of a technical requirement, a beautiful, sweet, intelligent young woman with her whole life ahead of her was taken from this earth and her family WAY TOO SOON! This family is devastated. This young lady could have been found alive! I'm proposing a new law in the United States of America to bring our missing babies home, not just abducted children, but children presumed to be runaways as well. "Jholie's Law." This new law would provide a system of issuing an alert for ALL MISSING CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 18. Not just children in cases where it has to be PROVEN they were abducted. Because in many cases such a Jholie's case, it can not be proven that an abduction happened, when it reality the child was really abducted. Now you have a helpless child who everyone believes it's a runaway, in danger with no one except family and friends looking for them. This does not normally have a good outcome. In these situations if an Alert was established and issued, these children would have a better chance of being found, alive and brought back home to their families. Even though no abduction may have taken place, these children are still at risk. Even runaways are under age, unprotected, unsupervised and their whereabouts are unknown. PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION AND LET THE LAW MAKERS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA KNOW WE REFUSE TO CONTINUE LOSING OUR BABIES DUE TO A TECHNICAL REQUIREMENT IN THE SYSTEM! EVERY CHILD'S LIFE IS IMPORTANT, NOT JUST THE ONES WHO MEET CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS! HOW DO YOU PUT REQUIREMENTS ON SAVING A CHILD'S LIFE! THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT, AND FOR SUPPORTING THIS FAMILY! GOD BLESS YOU!  

Cory Greer
952 supporters