Allow Open Carry of Firearms at the Quicken Loans Arena during the RNC Convention in July.
RECOGNIZE OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO OPEN CARRY FIREARMS AT THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION AT THE QUICKEN LOANS ARENA IN JULY 2016 SUMMARY: In July of 2016, the GOP will host its convention at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Though Ohio is an open carry state, which allows for the open carry of guns, the hosting venue—the Quicken Loans Arena—strictly forbids the carry of firearms on their premises. According to the policy on their website, "firearms and other weapons of any kind are strictly forbidden on the premises of Quicken Loans Arena." This is a direct affront to the Second Amendment and puts all attendees at risk. As the National Rifle Association has made clear, "gun-free zones" such as the Quicken Loans Arena are "the worst and most dangerous of all lies." The NRA, our leading defender of gun rights, has also correctly pointed out that "gun free zones... tell every insane killer in America... (the) safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk." (March 4, 2016 and Dec. 21, 2012) Cleveland, Ohio is consistently ranked as one of the top ten most dangerous cities in America. By forcing attendees to leave their firearms at home, the RNC and Quicken Loans Arena are putting tens of thousands of people at risk both inside and outside of the convention site. This doesn't even begin to factor in the possibility of an ISIS terrorist attack on the arena during the convention. Without the right to protect themselves, those at the Quicken Loans Arena will be sitting ducks, utterly helpless against evil-doers, criminals or others who wish to threaten the American way of life. All three remaining Republican candidates have spoken out on the issue and are unified in their opposition to Barack HUSSEIN Obama's "gun-free zones." Donald Trump said "I will get rid of gun-free zones on schools—you have—and on military bases on my first day. It gets signed my first day...you know what a gun-free zone is to a sicko? That's bait." (Jan. 8. 2016) Ted Cruz has accurately pointed out "shooting after shooting after shooting happens in so called gun-free zones." He continued, "look, if you're a lunatic ain't nothing better then having a bunch of targets you know that are going to be unarmed." (Dec. 4, 2015) And Ohio Governor John Kasich has been a leader in this movement to eliminate deadly "gun-free zones" starting with his brave decision to fight the Democrats and end "gun-free zones" at National Guard facilities in Ohio. (Dec. 18, 2015) We are all too familiar with the mass carnage that can occur when citizens are denied their basic God-given rights to carry handguns or assault weapons in public. EVERY AMERICAN HAS THE RIGHT TO PROTECT AND DEFEND THEIR FAMILY. With this irresponsible and hypocritical act of selecting a "gun-free zone" for the convention, the RNC has placed its members, delegates, candidates and all US citizens in grave danger. We must take a stand. We cannot allow the national nominating convention of the party of Lincoln and Reagan to be hijacked by weakness and political correctness. The policies of the Quicken Loans Arena do not supersede the rights given to us by our Creator in the U.S. Constitution. THEREFORE, WE ARE CALLING TODAY FOR THE FOLLOWING FIVE POINTS OF ACTION: 1. From the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland: A suspension of their policy preventing the open carry of firearms on the premises of the arena from July 18-21, 2016 to coincide with the Republican National Convention. 2. From the National Rifle Association: An immediate condemnation of the egregious affront to the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution constituted by the "gun-free zone" loophole to the state law. 3. From Ohio Governor John Kasich: A concerted effort to use his executive authority to override the "gun-free zone" loophole being exploited by the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. 4. From Reince Priebus and the Republican National Committee: An explanation of how a venue so unfriendly to Second Amendment rights was chosen for the Republican Convention. Further, we demand a contingency plan to relocate the convention to another location should the Quicken Loans Arena refuse to honor the constitutional rights of the RNC guests to open carry firearms during the convention. 5. From all Republican candidates for President: You have been brave in raising awareness about the immense dangers posed by "gun-free zones." In order to ensure the safety of your supporters, delegates and all attendees at the convention in July, you must call upon the RNC to rectify this affront to our Second Amendment freedoms and insist upon a suspension of the Quicken Loans Arena's unconstitutional "gun-free zone" loophole. Every American is endowed with a God-given Constitutional right to carry a gun wherever and whenever they please.
Get a law passed in the State of TX that prohibits chaining (tethering) of dogs.
A law should be passed to prohibit chaining (tethering) of dogs 24/7/365/all of their lives, because it is cruel, inhumane, and it is abuse. Limiting chaining does not work, because it is not monitored. If a person is not standing with the dog, the dog should not be chained...period. Chained dogs are kept out of sight & out of mind in the back yard, & are most of the time deprived of adequate food, water, & vet care in addition to having their emotional & social needs completely ignored. Chaining a dog for any length of time is one of the cruelest punishments imaginable for social animals that need & deserve companionship, exercise, & mental stimulation. Since 1979 chaining has been recognized as a contributing factor in dog attacks Federal & National Agencies have found. Nearly 3 times more likely to attack than dogs not chained. Chained dogs are totally vulnerable to other animals & cruel people. Many have been stolen, set on fire, shot, stabbed, tortured, or poisoned by cruel passersby or neighbors who were annoyed by their barking. Chaining dogs is not only a animal welfare issue, but a public safety hazard as well. Chained dogs make housing values decrease & make the neighborhood a less desirable area to live in. Chained dogs bark more often than a non-chained dog. Chained dogs are not neutered, therefore adding to more dog abuse. Chained dogs cause other yards to be infested with fleas & ticks, because they are not sprayed as they should be nor do they get the baths they need. 16 Cities in Texas already has a ban on chaining dogs, and this law should be passed in the entire State of Texas immediately. City councilmen state they do not have the funds to hire more animal control or police if this law were to pass, and assume more dogs will be surrendered to Animal Services. Statistics from the Texas Humane Society Legislature show that after 3 months of this law being passed, dog surrenders decrease. Fines paid to the city from dog owners that still refuse to obey this law gives the city more funds to deal with the abused dog issue. There is the other argument that some people do not have fences or the money to build a fence. I say, put the dog in the house or do not get a dog. There are many ways to help people get a fence for their dogs, and every city can figure out the best way to accomplish this goal in helping the poor. Then, there are dog owners that already have fences, but still chain their dogs up 24/7. Some dogs are hard to keep inside of a fence & there are dog pulley's for those types of dogs. Dogs should not have to live on chains 24/7, because their owners do not want the responsibility of having a dog. Chained up & neglected is not the way we should treat our dogs. We are family to dogs and they should be treated as such. If someone wants a dog to chain up all it's life, they should not get a dog and they should be fined or jailed if they do. Can you imagine being chained up all day long...all night...day after day....week after week...month after month...year after year...until you die? A dog has no life being chained up all the time, so it would be better off dead than to go through the torture of living its entire life on a chain which is another word for solitary confinement. A chained dog cannot run, jump, play, exercise, chase squirrels, chase a ball, run across the yard after a rabbit, or anything a dog was created for. Instead, they live silently on their chain barking, begging, pleading, & crying for their owners to acknowledge they are alive and need their love and help. Please sign this petition....pass it on....share it to everyone you know and lets get this law passed in Texas to show our pets we care. We are despicable people for allowing this abuse to go on as long as it has, and it is time for us to do something about it and end this abuse. It is a shame that it takes a petition in order to get our city council, senators, & representatives of Texas to acknowledge chaining as abuse, to have the compassion to do something about it, and the courage to make it a law.
Remove Chris Suprun from the North Texas Electoral College.
Chris Suprun has stated on Twitter that he refuses to cast his electoral ballot in a manor as those in his precinct have requested, we also ask that he be removed as a GOP member and/or delegate.
Recreational & Medicinal Marijuana Legalization In Texas
We are in a new day and age where marijuana has been proven to cure and prevent cancer, seizures, parkinson's disease, glaucoma and more. We need to come together and make the legalization of marijuana available to our great fellow Texans who are in need of this plant. So please join me and other great Texans make it happen. Cause remember we the people can make anything happen if we come together and make our voices heard.
Rename West Road in Houston, Harris County Texas after Deputy Darren Goforth.
Harris County Deputy Darren Goforth was murdered on 8/28/2015 by a cowardly individual. Let's honor and remember our fallen hero by renaming West Road in Houston Texas and the Surrounding Harris County after Deputy Darren Goforth. Sign this petition to let your voice be heard. This country needs all the law enforcement officers and they need to know we indeed do care. Will You Be The Change?? An African American male shot a uniformed sheriff's deputy "execution-style" while he fueled his patrol car in the Houston area, killing him instantly, authorities said. Deputy Darren H. Goforth, 47, was returning to his car after pumping gas Friday night. The gunman walked up from behind him and opened fire for no apparent reason, Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman said. When Goforth fell to the ground, the gunman stood over him and shot him some more, authorities said. He died at the scene. "He was literally gunned down in what appears to be an unprovoked, execution-style killing," Hickman said. "I have been in law enforcement for 45 years, I have never seen anything this cold-blooded." If you would like to contact us for support, Information, or to volunteer your time please email us at: email@example.com Updates are shared via our website: http://www.goforthrd.com PLEASE SHARE SHARE SHARE!!! #GoforthRd #RememberDeputyGoforth
No on HJ69/SJ18: killing wolf pups in dens, hibernating bears, stealjaw toe traps on bears
Tell your Senator and President Trump to vote NO on H.J. 69/S.J. Res. 18! 225 heartless House Members voted to overturn a federal rule – years in the works, and crafted by professional wildlife managers at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – to stop some of the most appalling practices ever imagined in the contemporary era of wildlife management. Denning of wolf pups, killing hibernating bears, spotting grizzly bears from aircraft and then shooting them after landing, and trapping grizzly bears and black bears with steel-jawed leghold traps and snares. The stuff of wildlife snuff films. And not just on any land. On our country’s national wildlife refuges. More specifically, on 16 national wildlife refuges covering 76 million acres, all in the state of Alaska. In this case, Alaska has a bloodthirsty Board of Game, whose members enthusiastically implement a draconian policy called “Intensive Management.” That policy dictates that state managers drive down wolf, bear, and coyote numbers to boost caribou and moose numbers for hunters — turning Alaska’s wildlife refuges into what retired Arctic National Wildlife biologist Fran Mauer calls “game farms” — the very thing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service acted to stop through a rigorous, science-based, and legal federal rulemaking process that was overturned by today’s vote. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shouldn’t run refuges like game farms, as Alaskan officials want to do. Only the U.S. Senate and President Trump can now stop this unwinding of a decision by a professional wildlife management agency. Please contact your U.S. Senators and tell them to steer clear of a disgraceful resolution, and to honor limits in the conduct of wildlife policy in the United States of America. From the Humane Society (http://blog.humanesociety.org/wayne/2017/02/u-s-house-sanctions-killing-hibernating-bears-wolf-pups-dens-federal-refuges-alaska.html
Don’t build the border wall in Big Bend National Park.
Big Bend National Park is one of the most remote and beautiful outposts of our National Park system. A mix of desert, mountains, and river, it’s also the largest National Park in Texas -- attracting over 350,000 visitors each year. Big Bend also lies along the Texas/Mexico border, which places it in the target zone for President Trump’s 30-foot tall border security wall. Building a wall through Big Bend will be intrusive, bad for the environment, and won’t even help with border security. We need to stop this from happening. A 30-foot tall border wall through Big Bend is unnecessary. The wild, often treacherous terrain makes it one of the most difficult areas of the U.S. border to navigate. Last year “Big Bend had the fewest illegal border crossings of any sector along the [entire] Texas border.” The park itself functions as a type of “security wall”. A border wall through Big Bend is unwanted -- even Republicans who support the President don’t want this wall. Texas governor Greg Abbott has said publicly “we don’t want to see a wall in the beautiful Big Bend National Park.” Congressman Will Hurd, who represents the area that includes Big Bend, says the proposed border wall would be “the most expensive and least effective way to secure the border.” A border security wall simply isn’t feasible for the park’s 118-mile border, which is actually a river -- not land. Should the wall be built through the water or just beyond it, it will destroy the wild and wonderful vista Big Bend is famous for -- and the tourism it attracts. Instead of keeping us safe, this wall will only hurt jobs and the local economy. Sign this petition today and tell Congress: Don’t waste valuable taxpayer dollars on a big, ugly wall that won’t even keep us safe. It simply doesn’t make sense.
Issue Allied Afghan Interpreter An Immigrant Visa
In 2011, I was deployed to Afghanistan in the U.S. Air Force Security Forces. My job was to help protect the perimeter of our base. We encountered many dangerous situations, and, at each turn, I was profoundly grateful to our dedicated Afghan interpreter, Jamie, for seeing us through. Now Jamie needs our help. For five years, he has been trying to get his immigrant visa so he can come to the U.S. and start a well-deserved new life. I trusted Jamie with my life. He has served our country with the utmost loyalty for eight years, and it is time to take him out of harm’s way and honor him with a visa. Jamie is not his real name. I have changed it to protect him from retaliation for having worked with us during the war. During my time over there, Jamie was one of us. He spent more time with us than he did his own family. He was one of the few locals who had a 24-hour base pass and could stay overnight. He was even given a cell phone, a huge act of trust on my superiors’ part since someone less reliable could use a phone to coordinate an attack. But Jamie was entirely trustworthy. He helped us understand the culture and the situation; he made us safer and better able to complete our mission in an effective and respectful manner. Jamie’s record with our military is flawless. He has many recommendations from the units he worked with, and even received a letter of recommendation from a base commander. I see no reason that we should not honor him with the visa he deserves for his faithful dedication to the USA. Please sign my petition calling on U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to grant Jamie his immigrant visa. He is in danger in Afghanistan due to his diligent work with us. We cannot let this honorable man remain in harm’s way. https://www.gofundme.com/savejamie2016 Thank you, in advance, for your attention to this matter. For reference, his Visa application numbers: KBL2012527007 and KBL2011745005
Counseling for minors awaiting trial in Texas
When my 17-year-old son was awaiting trial in the Dallas County Jail, I saw first hand the psychological repercussions of solitary confinement and the daily 23 hours of lockdown. While this penitentiary has a reputation for being a difficult place for teens awaiting trial, I was struck by the lack of support these kids were offered. While my son waited 9 months for his trial, he was in limbo. Because he was 17 years old he was tried as an adult, he therefore could not be placed in a juvenile facility or with adult inmates. It was a very challenging time for my whole family, and we did everything we could to help my son stay safe and sane. But, I knew he needed more. When I inquired about emotional support options, I was informed there weren’t any counseling professionals from the state or even a chaplain for the teenagers to talk to. They are still kids and given their current circumstances, many are very troubled! Why are we locking up vulnerable youth without any emotional support? Teenage hormones are raging, and fights are not uncommon. These kids are still awaiting trial, many may not even be found guilty. By reducing access to professional help, the state is hindering their ability to recover. Please join me in asking Texas lawmakers to provide adequate funding for professional counseling services to teenagers awaiting trial. We must ensure these kids have the mental and emotional strength for the long journey ahead.
Remove Kelcy Warren from his chair on the Texas Parks & Wildlife Commission
Most people may know Kelcy Warren as the man behind the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline. The Dallas-based billionaire and CEO of Energy Transfer Partners has been making headlines for fast-tracking a 1100 mile crude oil pipeline across the Midwest and under the Missouri River, just north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. No environmental impact assessment, no respect for cultural sites, and no regard for the local and widespread communities living along the river. A similar story is unfolding out in West Texas, where Warren's company has split through the pristine Big Bend region with the 200 mile Comanche Trail Pipeline and nearly-complete 143 mile Trans Pecos Pipeline. These Pipelines mark the way for massive natural gas and oil developments in the Trans Pecos region. With untold damages unfolding for cultural and environmental resources at the hands of Energy Transfer Partners, it would surprise most to know that nearly a year ago, Texas Governor Greg Abbott appointed Kelcy Warren for a 6 year term as 1 of the 10 commissioners who preside over Texas Parks And Wildlife... Why? Probably the $550,000 in campaign contributions Abbott received from Warren. TPWD needs our help. For those of you who love the outdoors and live in Texas, you have probably visited one or more of the 95 state parks TPWD has to offer. From winding canyons to desert plains and mountain range, from barrier islands to evergreen forests, TPWD strives to protect the diverse ecosystems around the state based on their mission statement: "To manage and conserve the natural and cultural resources of Texas and to provide hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation opportunities for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations." Following this mission statement, TPWD has become one of the best ways for Texans to access the outdoors. Sadly, many of the governor-appointed representatives of the TPW Commission have often proven ill-fit to stand as a true representation of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. In particular, the personal interests held by chairman Kelcy Warren DO NOT line up with the TPWD mission statement and threaten the agency's integrity. Warren, according to his online TPW Commissioner bio, has "outstanding career achievements and contributions to the midstream industry", making his billions constructing pipelines. In Texas, despite ongoing protest, Warren's Trans Pecos and Comanche Trail pipelines have used eminent domain to cut through the heart of the beloved Big Bend region to export natural gas into Mexico. These actions are directly harming the region's natural and cultural treasure West Texas is known for. The Chihuahuan desert is considered the third most biologically diverse arid region in the world. Pipeline construction requires a 125ft pathway to be cleared and compacted, resulting in permanent habitat loss and fragmentation while also creating erosion of topsoil. Such a wide pathway over these 143 and 200 mile pipelines destroys a massive area of habitat. Further, Warren's pipelines are being installed to service the growing natural gas industry of West Texas. Although not directly related, pipelines add infrastructure for operations like the "Alpine High" oilfield: 350,000 acres of Chihuahuan desert that has been claimed for hydraulic fracturing. The intense fracking planned for the region threatens underground water sources and stands to transform the iconic West Texas desert forever. The desert ecology has not been the only thing damaged in construction, in September, ETP bulldozed the 5000 year old Trap Springs archaeological site in Brewster County. ETP has also made headlines for bulldozing burial grounds and stone circles held sacred by Lakota people in North Dakota, using private security armed with attack dogs and mace to "pacify" the peaceful protesters. The president and CEO of such a company IS NOT FIT TO SERVE as a TPWD commissioner. I am writing this petition as a concerned Texas citizen, who sees interests held by Kelcy Warren as a direct threat to what TPWD stands for. Seats on the TPW Commission should not be earned through campaign contributions for status or business/political leverage; the seats need to be appointed to those who actually care about TPW, who care about our environment, and who truly want to preserve our beautiful land for future generations. I am asking Governor Greg Abbott, and Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn to remove Kelcy Warren from the TPW Commission, or for Warren to step down under his own power. Warren has brought nothing but bad attention to TPWD and it is in the best interest of the agency to operate without him as a commissioner. Our goal is to receive at least 10,000 signatures, after which this petition will be delivered to Greg Abbott. My name is Andrew Lucas and I am an Environmental Science major at UTSA and former Texas State Park Ambassador. I write this out of love for our beautiful Big Bend and Trans Pecos regions. I, like many other people, draw so much inspiration from this land. I do not want to see the future of our wild places left in the hands of corporate interest, so let us keep these interests separated from the agency's that are here to help preserve and protect it. Thank you, please sign and share. Dear Governor Greg Abbott, Senator Ted Cruz and Senator John Cornyn, Due to the obvious conflicts of interest between the Mission of TPWD and the highly destructive industrial ventures of Commissioner Kelcy Warren, we request that you remove Mr. Warren from his chair on the TPWD Commission immediately. Thank you, -Andrew Lucas