Take Regulatory Action to End Tragic Shooting Massacres within the United States
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There have been too many shooting massacres in recent years, causing an effect that ripples throughout our nation. We seek to do everything that we can, and we implore Congress to act with all speed and effectiveness that is necessary to fight against this pressing issue.
We are writing this petition to say that we have had enough. We have had enough of the gun violence that plagues our nation. We have had enough of the ease with which citizens can acquire these deadly weapons and the tools and equipment they use to make them even deadlier. We have had enough of the breaking news that alerts us to the most recent events which cause many of us so much grief and fear.
This is why we are calling for regulatory measures, achieved through a bill or an executive order, on guns more powerful than shotguns and their access to civilians. In all of these shooting massacres, the perpetrator had access to a semiautomatic weapon, an automatic weapon, or to modifications that enabled a less capable weapon to be converted into a fully automatic weapon. We are not "taking away your guns". What we are doing is restricting access to lethal killing machines that are completely unnecessary for civilians to own. Our brand of logic is not that "guns don't kill people, people kill people." Guns have no other purpose but to kill, and are so many times more lethal than any other weapon.
Who does this affect? All of us. No one benefits from people having access to these kinds of weapons. Because these shootings can kill all of us. And since there is such an evident solution to the problem, it must be solved.
And it isn't a "mental health issue", either. It isn't a "terrorism" issue, either. Because at the end of the day, anyone can shoot up a gathering of people, even if they're in good mental health and not connected to a terrorist organization. But they can't if they don't have a powerful gun. You wouldn't act upon a murder case by fighting the motive, you'd fight the weapons/tactics used to murder. Because one of them kills and the other one doesn't.
We need change. And while change may take longer than we'd like it to, someone has to support it and embody it for it to start. And if people who are part of the community affected should support change for their betterment, well then, all of America should be supporting this petition.
The change we ask for will, at the very least, bring the possible numbers of victims down. At the very most, we could see shootings ending altogether. We should be able to live in a world like that. A world where we don't lose our loved ones to a weapon that shouldn't be in the hands of a civilian. A world where we can breathe more easily, comforted by the fact that shootings have stopped. While the two options are extremes, anywhere in that range is better than the current state of affairs.
Change can't happen without someone to start it. So do America-and yourself-a favor by signing this petition.
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