Petition to Doug McMillon, Walmart
Stop the sale of guns at Walmart stores
Tuesday, July 30th, 2019: 2 people were murdered at Walmart #0848 in Southaven, Mississippi. Saturday, August 3rd, 2019: 22 people were murdered at Walmart #2201 in El Paso, Texas. In light of these recent tragedies -- a mere snapshot of the gun violence epidemic plaguing the United States -- and in response to Corporate’s inaction, we as employees are organizing several days of action, to protest Walmart’s profit from the sale of firearms and ammunition. Walmart is a company that has always placed its associates and customers first; we have recently made great strides toward fostering a safe, inclusive, and progressive community. Last year, Walmart raised the minimum age to buy a firearm or ammunition from 18 to 21. In 2015, Walmart removed products resembling assault-style rifles from its inventory. Nonetheless, Walmart remains one of the largest retailers of firearms in the United States, and there is a direct correlation between the number/availability of guns and the amount of mass shootings per capita. Yes, we have made great strides already, but now we must organize to shape this company into a place that we can all be proud of. As associates, we can and must leverage our power and ability to change our company for the better. We have one demand, and that is all. We value Walmart and our fellow associates, but we are no longer willing to contribute our labor to a company that profits from the sale of deadly weapons. We would like to see Walmart take a unified and public stance against guns and gun violence. We urge our leadership to cease the sale of all firearms and ammunition, ban the public open and concealed carry of weapons on company property and in all stores, and cease WALPAC donations to NRA backed -A/A+ politicians. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Petition to Board of Orange County Commissioners (North Carolina)
Change the Shooting Ordinance
We the undersigned wish to express our concerns about the shooting that has occurred regularly over the past 2 years, at a backyard firing range on Council Lane, near Hatch Road just outside of Carrboro, NC. Our concerns include: Excessive and terrorizing noise from hundreds of rounds of ammunition being shot, often over the course of multiple hours. The noise, which some have equated to "being in a warzone," is frightening to adults, children, pets, and veterans with PTSD; many residents are now afraid to be outside while the shooting is occurring. The threat to public and personal safety. Multiple neighbors with property downrange from the shooting have reported the sound of stray bullets hitting trees and branches. This is a densely populated area, with hundreds of people in the immediate vicinity. We are concerned that a tragic accident might occur. The potential for lead contamination of soil and water. The negative health effects of lead are well-established. There is concern that the growing accumulation of spent lead at this particular location, which feeds directly into the Morgan Creek watershed, may leach into University Lake. Because this reservoir provides drinking water for Chapel Hill and Carrboro, this has the potential to affect a much larger segment of the population than those who live within immediate earshot of the shooting. We respectfully request that steps be taken to change County ordinances such that gunfire is limited or no longer allowed in densely-populated Orange County areas in North Carolina.
Petition to Kittery Trading Post
Stop the sale of assault-style firearms & high capacity magazines at Kittery Trading Post
In light of the recent mass shooting in Parkland, FL, I am asking Kittery Trading Post to stop selling assault-style weapons and high-capacity magazines immediately. Dick's Sporting Goods today announced that they will no longer sell these weapons as they do not want to be part of another mass shooting. I am a regular and devoted customer of Kittery Trading Post. If you do not discontinue selling assault-style weapons and high-capacity magazines, I will take my business elsewhere. KTP does so much good in our community, I ask that they think of the welfare of our community and students in this respect too. Respectfully,
Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
Make it Illegal for Congress to accept money from lobbyists such as the NRA.
STOP SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS FROM BUYING OUR LAWS! In light of the recent mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, any tolerance of waiting for Congress to act on stronger gun control laws for this country has been lost. One glaring reason why nothing has come to fruition on this issue, and many other issues in this country, is the shameful act of lobbyists rewarding our senators and representatives in Congress with large sums of money to influence our laws – or lack of them – in favor of their own special interest. The NRA, for example, is a gun lobby that pays out millions of dollars to our politicians to prevent gun control laws from going into effect, and pushes their own agenda (such as the present “conceal and carry” to make it legal to carry firearms in public places) – despite reports that more than half of Americans favor stricter legislation on gun control such as banning the sales of assault weapons, and at least 80% favor background checks. This hold over our politicians is largely due to the disastrous Supreme Court decision regarding Citizens United in 2010. But our Constitution states that “We the People” make up this country and our government is there to serve us. We elect these politicians into office to do what is right for us. Of course, we do not all agree on what is “right” – but isn’t the majority voice of the people more significant than a lobbyist /special interest group? Isn’t the safety of our people and our children paramount? It’s time to say enough is enough. Our laws are not for sale. Our lives are not for sale. Schools, places of worship, concert halls, movie theaters and other public places should not be places we fear to go. No lobbyist or special interest group should be permitted to “buy” the laws of our country. Only the American people should decide our political future – not the NRA, the oil companies, the pharmaceutical companies or any other lobbyists. Therefore, we sign this petition demanding legislation that it be declared illegal for Congress or those holding any political office to accept monetary compensation in any form from any lobbyist or special interest group, including for campaigning purposes. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/10/04/opinion/thoughts-prayers-nra-funding-senators.html?smid=fb-share http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/senate-races/274093-half-of-congress-have-received-nra-donations http://news.gallup.com/poll/220637/americans-widely-support-tighter-regulations-gun-sales.aspx
Petition to Nancy Pelosi, Tammy Duckworth, Brad Schneider
Ban Downloadable/Plastic Guns and Bullets
In August of 2018, a United States Federal Judge blocked Cody Wilson and his organization, Defense Distributed from releasing their 3D printed gun blueprints. However, the judge did provide Wilson with other options, such as mailing USB drives with the information on them. In addition, Defense Distributed illegally released the blueprints to the public, days before they were scheduled to be granted permission. In addition to Defense Distributed, Deterrence Dispense has become active. Unlike Defense Distributed, Deterrence Dispense has no leader, no address, and no known members. They also use peer to peer (P2P) sharing to share CAD files. Because there is no central server location, Deterrence Dispense is extremely hard to shut down. They are 100% anonymous. This makes is exceptionally difficult to take legal action against the group or shut them down. Now, we not only have loosely regulated CAD files for 3D printed guns but there are unregulated files from this new group circulating. 3D printed guns are dangerous because they can be made on demand and can bypass security checkpoints undetected. Also, they have no serial number making the guns untraceable. Kids, felons, terrorists, abusers and mentally ill people could all get their hands on an unlimited amount of guns, without a single background check. A new startup has also appeared on multiple news stations because of their frightening and absurd goal. They want to give blueprints for 3D printable bullet proof vest penetrating bullets to the public at no cost. Not only is this dangerous for citizens of the United States but this organization going under the name, Atlas Arms is also anti government and encourages the bullets to be used to murder police officers. Safe Nation demands that a bill is passed, stating that all gun and bullet blueprints are illegal to be sold or given for free in the United States. If you agree, take a minute to sign the petition because every signature counts! Safe Nation is a student led organization fighting to end gun violence. It was founded in July, 2018 and has been fighting 3D printable guns since. Text @GUNFREE to 810-10 to subscribe to text message updates! REGISTER TO VOTE! Text @FUTURE to 644-33! Follow our social media channels to support us and to help campaign! @oursafenation on Instagram and Twitter Visit our website! www.oursafenation.org Contact me with questions or comments! 224 358 3388 *PLEASE READ UPDATES BELOW FOR CURRENT NEWS AND GOALS*
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives
The Schools Say Enough Sidewalk Challenge
The week of July 28 through August 4, 2019, our country saw four mass shootings. This does not include the shootings in Chicago on the weekend of Aug 3rd where eight were killed and 47 wounded. America continues to ignore the easy access and love affair with guns that has blood flowing on its streets. It is time to unite together to put pressure on Congress to stop ignoring this public health crisis and hold Congress accountable for not taking action in passing common sense gun safety laws. We must demand that Congress pass legislation to guarantee our constitutional right to live! Take the Schools Say Enough Sidewalk Challenge. All you need is a piece of chalk. Write the names of schools, victims, and survivors of gun violence or simply the word 'Enough.' Take a picture of your sidewalk chalk protest, post to social media, and nominate five friends to do the same. Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead NEXT STEPS: Call you Senator! Spread the word! #EndGunViolence #SchoolsSayEnough Vote! Register right here. Log on to www.JVEdelberg.com to learn more.
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, 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.
Petition to Mitch McConnell
We're Done with Your Prayers Mitch McConnell, Ban Assault Weapons Now!
What do all these mass shootings have in common? Aug 31: Odessa shooting; 29 people across 15 miles killed or injured (the most recent causalities since this petition was launched).Aug 4, 2019: Dayton shooting; 36 late-night revelers killed or injured.Aug 3, 2019: El Paso shooting; at least 46 shoppers killed or injured.Jul 28, 2019: Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting; 19 food lovers killed or injured.Oct 27, 2018: Pittsburgh Synagogue shooting; 17 Jews killed or injured.Apr 22, 2018: Nashville Waffle House shooting; 6 diners killed or injured.Feb 14, 2018: Stoneman Douglas High School shooting; 34 students and educators killed or injured.Nov 5, 2017: Sutherland Springs Baptist Church shooting; 47 church-goers killed or injured.Oct 1, 2017: Las Vegas shooting; 481 concert-goers killed or injured.Jun 12, 2016: Pulse Nightclub shooting: 103 club-goers killed or injured. The shooter used a semi-automatic assault-style rifle. That's why we must demand that Senate GOP Majority Leader McConnell bring Senate Bill 66, the Assault Weapons Ban sponsored by Sen. Feinstein (D-CA), to the Senate floor for a vote. More than half of mass shootings involve the use of assault-style rifles and/or high-capacity magazines, both of which would be banned by S.66. In 6 out of 10 mass shootings where high-capacity magazines are used, nearly twice as many people are killed, and six times as many injured. Time after time Majority Leader McConnell has refused to even allow debate on gun control legislation, despite a nearly 2:1 margin of voters who favor a federal ban on assault weapons versus those opposed. Since 6 in 10 voters favor stricter gun laws McConnell should also advance a host of other gun control legislation he has blocked. He should bring S.42, the Background Check Expansion Bill sponsored by Sen. Murphy (D-CT) to a vote, a measure favored by 94% of voters. He should bring S.184, the Gun Violence Prevention Research Act sponsored by Sen. Markey (D-MA) to a vote. He should bring S.193, Ethan's Law to require safe firearm storage sponsored by Sen. Blumenthal (D-CT) to a vote. To name just a few of the gun safety bills buried by the "grim reaper" (as McConnell likes to call himself) an apt description for a leader who sits by while more than 100 people are killed by guns every day. America has had enough of Mitch McConnell's prayers, it's long past time for him to put American lives ahead of the gun lobby. Please sign this petition to demand that McConnell schedule a vote on S.66, the Assault Weapons Ban, and other federal gun control measures.