Parents Against Guns

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Honorable Senators, Honorable Representative 

Seventeen people were killed and more than 15 injured in a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on 14 February 2018, bringing the total number of gun fire incidents in the United States since the beginning of the year to 18 (or roughly three per week), according to the gun control advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety.  

Every time gunfire breaks out on school grounds, intentionally or not, and whether anyone is injured or not, it’s potentially traumatic for students, teachers, and parents. This event can shatter a child’s sense that they are safe in their school and in their community. Parents should plan for their Kid's futures, and not their funerals.

Gun control legislation is evident at the many levels of government, including federal, state, and local tiers. The federal laws are an attempt to provide for a broad collection of generalized rules and regulations that must be adhered to, regardless of other legislation imposed by other governmental function. Some state, and local gun laws have proven to be tighter and more restrictive than federal gun control legislation by imposing certain rules and regulations.

In the aftermath of the rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, where 20 children and six educators were killed in 2012, state lawmakers in Connecticut set out to draft some of the toughest gun measures in the country.  State of Connecticut largely succeeded — significantly expanding an existing ban on the sale of assault weapons, prohibiting the sale of magazines with more than 10 rounds and requiring the registration of existing assault rifles and higher-capacity magazines. The state also required background checks for all firearms sales and created a registry of weapons offenders, including those accused of illegally possessing a firearm.

The city of Los Angeles, California placed new requirements on ammunition sellers and banned certain types of military style ammunition. The ban applies to the sale of .50 ammunition, which capabilities are beyond armor piercing. The sale of ammunition is now restricted and limited to purchases done in person, eliminating the possibility of acquiring potent bullets from other states or countries. Gun dealers are also required to provide for reports and records of all their inventory multiple times a year to local law enforcement departments, in hopes of being able to keep a better track of what kind of individual is purchasing firearms and ammunition. In the city of Washington D.C., Registration of all types of firearms--shotguns, rifles, and handguns--is mandatory for all gun owners and gun purchases. The capital also employs a strict assault weapon ban as well.

Analyses by the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence show that, with few exceptions, states with the strictest gun-control measures, including California, Connecticut, New Jersey and New York, have the lowest rates of gun deaths, while those with the most lax laws like Alabama, Alaska and Louisiana, have the highest.

As a part of this petition, and as your constituents we want you to introduce bills enforcing stricter gun control laws nationwide. Please learn from the states, and cities that have stricter gun control laws and create stricter federal laws.  So stricter federal laws can be enforced nation wide.