gun control

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Petition to Senator Marco Rubio


We need commence gun control now, including the following: * Restrict and regulate civilian ownership of weapons designed for warfare, including assault weapons. * Assess thorough psychological tests and background checks before acquiring any sort of arsenal. * Close the gun show loophole. * Limit high capacity ammunition magazines. * Create certificates of ownership for firearms, similar to automobiles, which should be governed by similar regulations, including the need for training, testing, and insurance. We are asking people to come together in the wake of yet, another one of the deadliest mass shootings in modern U.S. history, and to stand up to the NRA by calling for an end to senseless gun violence. Marco Rubio has accepted $3.3 million from the NRA. This money should be donated towards the families affected by this tragedy rather than for Rubio to stay silent and continue to support gun rights. Believe it or not, his actions have played a role in the tragedy that recently transpired. The events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has ranked as one of the most deadliest school shootings in the country’s history. So while Rubio – who earned an A+ from the NRA – is busy trying to avert attention from the real issue at stake, people have centralized in on the hypocrisy of his comments. Parkland. Sandy Hook. Columbine. Virginia Tech. Sutherland Springs. Las Vegas. Aurora. How many more innocent victims must die at the hands of an anachronistic and misconceived amendment? Enough. It's time to say that thoughts and prayers are no longer enough in the face of gun-related tragedies. We need meaningful action. As youths living in the 21st century, we must speak the truth and refuse to be silenced by fear in the wake of this tragedy. We are the generation that must act accordingly to strive for a better and safer future. Assault weapons and all weapons of war must be regulated and managed more meticulously and conscientiously. We simply cannot fast track the use of silencers or allow public access to armor-piercing ammunition. Mandatory wait periods should be enforced, during which time a thorough background check, psychological and medical evaluation, and character references should be assessed. Gun show loopholes must be stopped. Ammunition should not be sold online. More accountability should be placed in the hands of retailers. When patrons refuse wait periods, authorities should be notified. Training and testing should be mandatory, as should a renewal process that includes many of the above-mentioned evaluation terms.  I would hope that we could all agree to submit ourselves to these terms. Currently, it's easier to go to a gun show and pick up a firearm than it is to obtain birth control. Acquiring and owning a gun should be at least as controlled as getting a license to drive a car. Rubio, you have the power to help us make the difference that will prevent future mindless tragedies and the citizens that you represent safe. Gun control alone is not the whole of the solution, but it's a start. And if it saves one sweet life, it's worth it. Please help us to cease gun violence together!

Daniella Ellison
2,835 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Nancy Pelosi, Jeff Flake, Charlie Baker, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Jeffrey Sanchez, Kevin Peterson, Carroy Ferguson, Maura Healey, Elizabeth Warren, Ed Markey, Mike Pence, William Owens, Ron Marlow, Bill Celester, John McCain, Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Michael Bennet, Richard Blumenthal, Chris Murphy, Tom Carper, Christopher Coons, Bill Nelson, Brian Schatz, Mazie Hirono, Dick Durbin, Mark Zuckerberg, Mark Kirk, Joe Donnelly, Susan Collins, Angus King, Barbara Mikulski, Ben Cardin, Debbie Stabenow, Gary Peters, Amy Klobuchar, Claire McCaskill, Jon Tester, Harry Reid, Jeanne Shaheen, Bob Menendez, Cory Booker, Tom Udall, Martin Heinrich, chuck schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand, Sherrod Brown, Ron Wyden, Jeff Merkley, Robert Casey, Pat Toomey, Jack Reed, Sheldon Whitehouse, Patrick Leahy, Tim Kaine, Patty Murray, Maria Cantwell, Joe Manchin, Tammy Baldwin, Tammy Duckworth

Reasonably Regulated Federal Gun Control: Focused on lowering gun violence through science

The intent of this petition is not to take guns away from law-abiding citizens. Rather, our purpose is to follow the Second Amendment’s words of "well regulated".   Our approach is to take a route that has been prevalent in our country since the beginning.  That route details that whenever we get a new technology, like cars, television, radio, phones, Internet etc., we begin to regulate it through legal means to ensure public safety.  This has not been the case with guns and we are seeking to change that through reasoned, constitutionally sound gun control.  Therefore, 1)  We want comprehensive Federal regulations for gun control 2)  We want gun owners to register their guns through the REAL ID program that will become mandatory in all 50 states by 2020. (or US passport) 3)  We want gun owners to insure each gun and each magazine (i.e., to get mandatory gun and magazine insurance) 4)  We want the money from yearly registration fees and insurance payments to be used to help people and families victimized by gun violence, as well as to help fund mental health in the form of more providers and facilities that specialize in pediatrics and young adults. 5)  We want the age limit for gun and ammo purchases to be raised to 21 years of age. (Science based age of maturity) 6)  We want to make sure that only legal gun owners can purchase ammo for only the type of gun that is registered to them using their REAL ID (or Passport) (scan code on REAL ID, just like we do with alcohol, tobacco and certain over the counter medications) 7)  We want stricter background checks and longer wait times (mental health assessment with your PCP) 8)  We want the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) to have a larger budget to study gun violence, causes and mental health issues (We hope that by creating a national data base of registered and insured gun owners, the CDC will have a verified population of gun owners that would be willing to participate in research studies, published as data becomes available)    

Policy For America
634 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives

BS Bughouse-Schoolhouse

291 schools across the nation have suffered horrific gun violence since 2012, the year of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. 7,000 kids have been gunned down. More than 187,000 students have been traumatized. Enough is enough. Chicago students installed a public art piece in Chicago’s Washington Square Park, aka Bughouse Square, ground zero for America’s free speech movement and chalked the names of the 291 schools that have suffered gun violence since Newtown, separated by bullets, down the length of the sidewalk -- an entire city block.   Apparently, a pro-gun group petitioned the Washington Square Park Advisory Council to put their stuff up on the fence next to ours. Faced with the opportunity to encourage more free speech and civic engagement, the council voted to crush it.  Evicted from Bughouse Square, we reinstalled the piece on other side of the rainbow, at CPS Nettelhorst Elementary School, the glittery corner of Broadway & Melrose. That very day, students and community members rewrote all 291 school names on the sidewalk.  Sign this petition. Be sure to add your school name, title, and reason why you’re signing.  Spread the word! (#BS Bughouse #Enough #MarchForOur Lives).  Submit a poster and/or 15 sec video. Include the name of your school, city, and names or photos of artists or victims. Submit multiple posters if you like. Be creative! Upload high-resolution jpegs or video here.  Make your own own sidewalk expression. Here is Mia Zierk's design of the 291 schools names and bullet templates.  The Newberry Library chose GCE students to lead the 2018 Youth Bughouse Square Debates. We're not waiting till summer. The conversation starts right here, right now. Democracy is not a spectator sport. So now, on top of moving the needle on gun violence, we aim to return Bughouse Square to the people.  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 GCE Lab School is an independent High School that cultivates global citizens ready to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Through blended, project-based learning, we foster a diverse community of learners who use the city as a classroom to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to courageously take action locally and globally.

GCE Lab School Students
50 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump, Charles Schumer

Tell Congress They Must No Longer Accept Contributions from the NRA!

After the tragic mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 15, 2018 that resulted in the deaths of 17 students and teachers and injuries to at least 17 more, it seems as though we have finally had enough of the out-of-control violence caused by people with access to AR-15s and other assault-type weapons. Despite what the NRA would like us to believe, guns do kill people! Students across the country are in fear for their lives. They are afraid to return to their schools, and are demanding major changes to our gun laws to protect them from more occurrences of the senseless violence. In support of that demand, plans are under way for a mass protest in which they will walk out from their classrooms and not return until laws are passed to ensure this never happens again. But change will never happen as long as the members of Congress are in the pocket of the NRA and the gun industry. In support of this effort to make our country a safer place for our children to grow up in, we propose the all 100 Senators and 435 Representatives sign a pledge to no longer accept donations, or funds of any kind, from the NRA or any gun manufacturer. Our lawmakers must be freed from the influence of these entities that put profit before people and actively conspire to maintain the gun culture that has allowed these unprecedented acts of violence to continue at an alarming rate. In 1996, after a man killed 35 people with a semi-automatic weapon in a popular tourist area of Port Arthur, in Tasmania, the people of Australia stood up and demanded that the their government ban rapid-fire guns to end these kinds of mass shootings. The government responded, and the proof that tougher gun laws are the solution is that there has not been one death from a mass shooting incident in Australia since the new laws were enacted. It CAN work here as well, but not as long as our elected representatives are beholden to the gun industry and their enforcers, the NRA. These are our children, the future of our country, and their voices must be heard. For America to survive and grow as a free nation, we must protect them, and ourselves, from the epidemic of deadly violence that has infected every part of our country. Let's tell our lawmakers in no uncertain terms that this must be the first step they have to take to actually protect the country and the people they took an oath to do.

Andrew Zweigel
7,272 supporters