Gun Safety For All
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We are sick and sad over the latest tragedy in Las Vegas and we are appealing to the great majority of people who want to see a safer country. We are only asking you to sign this if you agree with what we think are two ways all sides of this issue can come together.
Roughly 33,000 people die from gun violence every year in this country. Every day, 315 are shot in the United States and 93 die. The homicide rate in the United States is 20 times higher than 22 countries like us in wealth and population – combined.
No one is challenging the right of law abiding citizens to responsibly own a firearm. But like most of you, we believe that guns should be kept away from criminals, terrorists, domestic abusers, the dangerously mentally ill, and children.
Yes, Americans have rights. The right to be safe. The right not to be afraid when you go into a public place. The right to go to a public place - to a concert, to walk down the street or to go to school. The right not to have a generation of scared kids raised on lockdown drills.
We love this country. And one of the many reasons we love it is that it was built on the principle that the people could change it. We are asking people to sign their name if you:
1. Support universal background checks that keep criminals and terrorists from purchasing guns
2. Support gun owners safely storing firearms so they don’t lead to accidental deaths or get in the hands of people intending to do harm
In addition to signing this petition, we are asking you to contact your local lawmaker and ask them to support these two substantive changes to our current laws. It can be your Mayor, Governor, representative in Congress or your Senator. You can find your person by going to:
It may not stop every gun death, but if it prevents just one, it’s worth it. People are dying who don’t need to. We pledge to use our voice, influence and skills to try to prevent more gun deaths. So far, 59 people were murdered in Las Vegas and counting, making it the “deadliest” shooting in American history. Until the next one. And then the next one.
Orlando. Virginia Tech. Charleston. Aurora. San Bernardino. Sandy Hook.
And in each case, the guns used were far too easily available to people intent on doing harm. This depravity should rattle anyone with a conscience.
We hope every American will join together and correct what has been a shameful period in our nation’s history. We deserve better than this. Let’s end this national disgrace and show the rest of the world that the United States of America can indeed stand for the principles on which it was founded.
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(Note: This is my personal view – not necessarily the view of any affiliated organization.)
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