End Gun Violence #ENOUGH

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On February 14, 2018 the 18th mass shooting of the year had killed 17 innocent individuals. People who walked into “just another day of school”, teachers who were there to educate, and students who were there to learn, were brutally murdered by a 19 year old who possessed a gun. Tell me why at the age of 19 a mentally disturbed teenage boy can find a way to purchase an assault weapon. This violence needs to end. And there’s no more time to say “pray for the victims.” We must take action and we must take action now! No more innocent lives should be lost. No educator, no student, no individual should walk into a school and fear they won’t make it home. And no parent should send their child to school with the great fear of “what if.” This ends now! 

“The U.S. has more than 300 million guns – roughly one for every citizen – and stands out as well for its gun death rates. At the other extreme, Japan has less than one gun per 100 people, and typically fewer than 10 gun deaths a year in the entire country.”

To the POTUS, make something happen. There’s no time to wait. 

Back in 1996, Australia passed the National Firearms Agreement after a mass shooting had occurred that year. Since then, homicide using a firearm has decreased by 57% between 1989-2014. Australia hasn’t experienced a fatal mass shooting (five or more people killed) since 1996. But from 1979-1996, before the agreement had been passed, there were 13 fatal mass shootings. Gun control has clearly made a change. Now we need to make the same change.

To all Americans, we can’t sit back and hope It doesn’t happen again. Let me remind you, we are a month and a half into 2018, and there have already been 18 mass shootings.

By singing this petition I hope we can all work towards implementing stronger background checks, regulating firearms, have penalties for illegal firearm possession, and reinstitute the assault weapons ban. We must insist that assault weapons have no place in our schools, our movie theaters, our places of worship, or anywhere off the battle field. 

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