There have been 181 school shootings since Columbine, and most guns in these rampages were bought legally. 30,000 people are injured or killed each year in this country by guns. We are not safe in our schools, universities, malls, temples of worship, movie theaters, streets, markets–even in our own homes. More people die by gun violence in the US than died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, by about ten times more! Mass violence is shocking, but the majority of casualties occur daily, and barely make the news anymore.
We need tighter gun laws and background checks, and enhanced detection and treatment of mental illness. Let's start with the obvious first: As Lawrence O’Donnell said recently after the murder-suicide of Jovan Belcher, "Babe Ruth wouldn't have hit so many home runs without a bat." The argument that is made that people kill and not the gun is absurd, and we have cowed to that line of argument for far too long.
Please take a moment to sign this petition. With enough people, we may begin changing this resigned acceptance of a gun culture that is destroying our nation from within.