Topic

2nd amendment

24 petitions

Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Christopher Wray, Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke, FBI Deputy Director

Declare the NRA a supporter of domestic terrorism

The National Rifle Association (NRA) is more a political lobby than sportsmen's organization. It has spent over $3 million per year since 2013 to keep gun policies in an antiquated state despite the fact that  more Americans have died from gun violence (over 1.5 million) than from all the wars since the Revolution, and now want some form of gun control. A sensible reading of the 2nd Amendment would restrict purchase of equipment designed for mass murder: large clips, military grade semi-and fully automatic rifles, and ammunition for the same, which could be as easily tracked as over-the-counter medication. Yet none of it will be regulated while the NRA effectively controls the GOP. While not a branch of government, the NRA has enormous impact on American life by coercing politicians and voters with money and intimidation, and restricting our safety and public health.  Former NRA CEO and multi-millionaire Wayne LaPierre has said that "the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." As at Stoneman Douglas High, where three or four armed deputies waited outside during the shooting, this is rarely true and unfortunately doesn't help the shooter's victims. In Las Vegas, where over 500 people were shot with automatic gunfire, the shooter was inaccessible and shot himself before police arrived. In the wake of these horrific attacks the NRA mobilizes to enrich gun and ammo manufacturers while putting Americans at increasing risk of being shot.  Domestic terrorism continues to rise in Trump era. White nationalist groups were eager to claim the shooter in Parkland as one of their own. The NRA facilitates both the arming and the militant ideology of these groups, supporting domestic terrorism. While right-wing politicians divert or attention with imagined threats from immigrants, the NRA does real harm to democracy, spreading anti-government hysteria and the idea of armed insurrection. FBI director Wray recently testified regarding the danger of armed, right-wing extremism amid growing white nationalism. The FBI should stop hesitating and brand the NRA for its leading role in providing cover for this disease.  The victims of Santa Fe High (TX), Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, Fl), Sutherland Springs (11/5/17), Las Vegas (10/2/17), the  2016 Orlando shooting, Sandy Hook Elementary, Tree of Life Synagogue, Dayton, El Paso, Santa Clarita (11/14/19) and on and on deserve no less.  Please sign the MoveOn.org petition, another petition seeking to designate the NRA a terrorist organization under the Patriot Act, and support the Violence Policy Center.

Chris Monroe
2,302 supporters
Update posted 7 days ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, President of the United States

Say no to the Assault Weapons Ban of 2019 (HR 1296)

On February 15th, 2019, Representative David N. Cicilline (D, Rhode Island, 1st Congressional District) introduced H.R 1296; the Assault Weapons Ban of 2019. The purpose of the bill, which is clearly stated in plain text is "To regulate assault weapons, to ensure that the right to bear arms is not unlimited, and for other purposes". The full text of the bill and its summary can be found here: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/1296 The bill "makes it a crime to knowingly import, sell, manufacture, transfer, or possess a semiautomatic assault weapon (SAW) or large capacity ammunition feeding device (LCAFD)". This is an egregious and disturbing attempt to further infringe upon the protected right to bear arms under the 2nd Amendment of the United States Constitution. Even more terrifying is that the bill already has 198 co-sponsors, meaning that 198 members of the House of Representatives have pledged to support and vote to pass the bill. We, the people, must act! By signing, you will help make clear to the members of Congress who will be emailed this petition that you will not stand to have your rights infringed upon. We will use this petition as a show of popular support for the 2nd Amendment and our ability to exercise our rights. It's time that we stopped living in fear of the government, and remind them just how many law abiding firearms owners are in the United States, and how many of us are more than happy to vote them out of office if they continue to attempt to pass legislation that violates our rights. If we come together, anything is possible, and we have been gifted the ability to fight tyranny through the 1st Amendment. Let's use it! Send this petition to your friends and loved ones and get them to sign too! We need all the support we can get to make this happen.

Abraham Woodhull
3,116 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, United States Supreme Court

Stop Gun Ban Bills! -H.R. 1296, S.66, H.R. 2959, H.R. 282, H.R. 1236, H.R. 1186, H.R. 2708

These bills are a direct violation of our 2nd amendment rights. They are trying to ban all weapons not just assault weapons. We need to stop all and any bills against the 2nd amendment. Read the bills here-https://www.congress.gov These bills are a violation of the 2nd amendment are unconstitutional and need to be stopped. Our forefathers did not make our right to bare arms the 2nd amendment for nothing they knew the extreme importance of allowing the people to stay in power keeping the government in check with the ability to fight government tyranny. Beyond tyranny they wanted the people to be able to protect ones self and property. Also hunting and providing for ones self and family can not be overlooked but it is a very common misconception and used talking point of the mainstream media and gun ban supporters that this is why our forefathers wrote the 2nd amendment. History and even present events shows us what happens when you take away the guns from a countries people a perfect example being Nazi Germany and present day Venezuela. Guns do not hurt people they are an inanimate object! Those without morals that are just bad people or criminals and those with bad intentions and mental issues hurt people during these shootings. Statistics show us there are less “mass” shootings in present times then in our past. The media is glorifying this violence to help push bans just like this! Criminals will always break laws and our 20,000 current gun laws already proves this. We can not punish the innocent for the bad actions of just a few people! I’ll finish with a couple of quotes from our forefathers to think about. “[W]hen the resolution of enslaving America was formed in Great Britain, the British Parliament was advised by an artful man, who was governor of Pennsylvania, to disarm the people; that it was the best and most effectual way to enslave them; but that they should not do it openly, but weaken them, and let them sink gradually.”. . . I ask, who are the militia? They consist now of the whole people, except a few public officers.” — George Mason Virginia`s U.S. Constitution ratification convention, 1788 “Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States.—”Noah Webster, An Examination of the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution, 1787   “The said Constitution [shall] be never construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press, or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms.” — Samuel Adams Massachusetts` U.S. Constitution ratification convention, 1788

Mel Garrison
300 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Virginia Beach City Council

Allow Employees of Virginia Beach to Defend their Lives During Workplace Violence

Preamble We the people of the United States have the right to bear arms to protect our liberties, freedoms, and our very lives. This right is protected by the 2nd Amendment of our Constitution. Unfortunately, employees of The City of Virginia Beach (herein after The City) are not afforded these rights while engaged in such employment despite no restrictions on the general public possessing weapons while present in City buildings, properties or work sites nor while interacting with City employees. In the wake of recent tragic events, it has become abundantly apparent that this employee weapons possession ban must end. Time and again we have tragically witnessed that gun-free zones are in fact some of the most dangerous and vulnerable places in America.  We are petitioning to allow our properly permitted City personnel to have the right to bear arms and defend themselves while at work. Such arms will be required to remain concealed. Please sign and help get the attention of The City of Virginia Beach’s City Council, City Manager and Mayor. This type of reform is now not being asked for, but demanded by the people of the United States.   Whereas The FBI reports 60% of the 160 active shooter incidents in the US between 2000 and 2013 ended before police arrived to the scene. They also report 86.2% of these 160 incidents occurred at places of employment. Those incidents resulted in 1043 causalities including 486 people killed. The FBI states, “Even when law enforcement was present or able to respond within minutes, civilians often had to make life and death decisions, and, therefore, should be engaged in training and discussions on decisions they may face.”  In 5 incidents (3.1%), the shooting ended after armed individuals who were not law enforcement personnel exchanged gunfire with the shooters. https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2014/september/fbi-releases-study-on-active-shooter-incidents/pdfs/a-study-of-active-shooter-incidents-in-the-u.s.-between-2000-and-2013   Whereas The City currently requires employees be trained and prepare for an active shooter event, thus acknowledging such an event is likely.  Training includes 3 steps – run, hide, and fight.  Fighting with improvised weapons hastily constructed of office supplies makes no sense when some employees are properly licensed, trained, and able to defend their lives with the same force that either the active shooter or the responding police would be using.   Whereas The general public is allowed to enter many City properties and buildings without restriction on their possession of weapons.   Petition We, the undersigned, call on The Virginia Beach City Council, City Manager and Mayor to amend The City’s employee weapons ban (City HR Policy 6.18) and give personnel who are properly licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia to carry a concealed handgun the ability to do so to protect their lives.  

Vincent Smith
5,487 supporters