Create A Mural For The Kids Who Have Lost Their Lives in the OHS Shooting
Create a mural for the kids who have lost their lives during the Oxford High School Shooting. The kids include 16-year-old Tate Myer, 17-year-old Madisyn Baldwin, 14-year-old Hana St. Juliana, and 17-year-old Justin Shilling
Petition to Senator Ron Wyden
Tell Congress to keep our loved ones SAFE from gun violence and to LINK 911 calls to NICS
I called 911 at 7 pm and told them my husband was going to kill himself. At 9 pm, he went into Walmart, passed his background check, bought a gun, went behind the building, and shot himself. With my 2-month-old son in my arms, I was hit with shock...how in the world was he able to buy a gun and shoot himself after I just told the police that was his intention?! I called the police to try to protect him! Come to find out, this communication ability is non-existent. There is nothing 911 can do, even if you call them and tell them you know a suicide or murder is about to happen, still to this day. The problem is 911 has NO WAY of communicating with the background check system (NICS). There is NO way to notify NICS that the person who is there buying a gun has plans of suicide or homicide. All that is needed is to be of age and have a clean record. The solution is to connect the communication between 911 and NICS - National Instant Criminal Background Check System; to STOP the gun sale of the person with intentions of suicide or homicide, AND get that person help with mental health. People often tell someone about their plans before they do it, and/or they show alarming, indicating behavior someone else notices (1). My husband did. Salvador, who killed 19 children and two adults at Robb Elementary School, told someone his mass shooting plans before he did it (2). Just recently in my hometown of Bend, OR, a young man planned to and carried out with that plan, of murdering two innocent people in Safeway, and then shot himself. He documented what he was going to do, posted guns on social media, and bought his gun 5 days before it happened. If this communication was in place, it is extremely likely that these precious lives would have been saved. Most people who attempt suicide do not die, unless they use a gun. Across all suicide attempts not involving a firearm, 4 percent result in death. But for gun suicide, those statistics are flipped: Approximately 90% of gun suicide attempts end in death (3). This communication link could save lives by removing the easy accessibility to a gun amidst their crisis, buy time, have an intervention, and get them the help they so desperately need with a mental health professional. The clerk at the gun store is trained to not sell a gun to those who present to be suicidal or have bad intentions, however, these people are great actors, and lie about their real intentions and fool the clerk. This communication link would give the clerk, and NICS the inside scoop on that person's REAL intentions with the firearm they are trying to purchase. With over 255 mass shootings in the US in 2022 alone (4) and one suicide every 11 minutes (nearly 46,000 in 2020) (5)....I think this one we can agree, "linking communication and eliminating this time lapse, makes sense." Linking 911 calls to background checks would put a hold on the person's ability to purchase a gun by flashing CALL 911 on the store's computer screen. Police would arrive with mental health. The gun sale of person with ill intent is stopped, AND that person would receive mental health help. Mental health is who determines when that hold is lifted. The initial hold will last for 10 days. IF the caller is lying, or interfering with a healthy gun sale, then they are held accountable. This would work beautifully along side the new mental health emergency number 988 too. With today’s technology, there is no reason these two can’t communicate. This would NOT take away gun rights. If someone is planning a suicide or homicide, they do NOT have the right to buy a gun. If they have been flagged and are in the store to buy a gun, they mean business. This will not only stop them, it will bring them HELP. This will keep guns in the hands they belong in, and out of those they don’t. I am pro gun and grew up with guns all my life. Guns are not the problem. Mental health is. This absolutely won’t solve everything, but it’s a logical start, and a win-win for everyone involved. I met with Senator Wyden's staff on June 16th, 2022 - and they were very interested in this idea and are currently writing the bill for this! Let’s show him and Congress you support linking 911 to background checks! This will change FEDERAL law, so let’s rally and get support! Thank you for your support, PLEASE SIGN and SHARE to help our communities be safer from gun violence, protect our children, and give our loved ones a chance to receive help, before it's too late. Please comment WHY you are signing, or who it is in honor of. RIP M@tt 11/26/2008 If you have been a victim of gun violence, I am holding your heart and sending you so much love. If you are a suicide survivor, I am holding your heart, and I'm so sorry for your loss. If you have been suicidal yourself or are a Highly Sensitive Person, and know all too well what the darkness feels like, I am holding your heart. I get it, I've been there too. I meet all of you with love, compassion, and empathy. These topics are near and dear to my heart, so much that it's become my mission to bring awareness, support and tools around them, as they are all part of the greater picture regarding mental health and well being. To learn more about my story and work with mental health, I invite you to take a look at my website, www.sonjarice.com and don't forget to SIGN and SHARE this petition! THANK YOU! Together we can make a difference. Sincerely and passionately, Sonja Rice #GVSurvivorsWeek REFERENCES People Tell Someone Their Plans Uvalde Shooter Shared His Plans 90% of gun suicides end in death One suicide every 11 minutes, nearly 46,000 suicides in 2020
TN Petition For Gun Safety
Dear Representative/Senator/Mr.President, We are deeply concerned about gun violence. As your constituents, we implore you to address this epidemic plaguing our nation and most recently, the Nashville community. Congressional inaction is not only a national shame, it is a threat to our safety, the safety of our children, and the wellbeing of our communities. Gun violence is a public health issue and it is taking an unacceptable toll on our society. Please act now. We need you to take action to ensure that: • Every person who buys a gun passes a background check. By implementing a red flag law and enforcing thorough mental health and criminal record screening, we might have been able to prevent the most recent school shooting in Nashville. Let's not make this mistake again. • High-capacity weapons and ammunition magazines should not be available to civilians. 152 bullets were fired at Covenant School children in a matter of seconds. That is 152 opportunities we allowed for our children to be harmed and killed. There is no legitimate self-defense or sporting purpose for these military-style weapons whose only purpose is to kill large numbers of people quickly. We need an effective assault weapons ban now. • Gun trafficking become a federal offense. Gun trafficking fuels the flow of guns nationally and internationally, and is a major contributing cause to extreme gun violence across the nation. Our hearts are filled with rage and sorrow for the loss of life and the trauma it brings. Please take action to quell the terrible epidemic of gun violence our society is suffering. We look forward to working with you to enact these common-sense measures to reduce gun violence. Our prayers are with you, our support is behind you. We are asking you to lead. SincerelyThe Nashville Community
Petition to Joseph R. Biden
STOP GUN VIOLENCE - PASS GUN LAWS
From January 1st to May 5th there have been 18 school shootings with 29 people injured or killed. This is out of the 162 mass shootings that have already occurred in the US in the same time frame. According to EdWeek, over 13,900 people have died already this year. 97% of Americans want gun laws but none have been passed. I bet you did not know this many shootings have occurred because it has become an American norm. Students do not want to be scared to go to school every day. We should be excited and ready to learn. Not afraid, wondering if someone is going to end our lives. I am hoping we get enough signatures to change that and introduce more background checks, more regulation, and less gun violence.
Petition to President of the United States, Joseph R. Biden, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, United States Supreme Court
Amendment XXVIII: Common Sense Gun Control Laws!
When our Founding Fathers ratified Amendment II to the U.S Constitution in December of 1791, they did not realize that weapon technology would evolve overtime; back then muskets were the primary if not the only gun being used. In this day and age, we have people "legally" buying AR-15 rifles that are not necessary for the average citizen to own whether they own it for hunting, protection, or to collect. These are military grade weapons intended for use by military personnel only!!! Hence, our laws are not changing with the times. Since 2013, the United States has experienced at least one school shooting PER WEEK. Not all of them are fatal mass shootings, but that is beside the point. We need a ban on bump stocks, assault rifles, and any form of automatic weapon whether it is a rifle or a hand gun if we want to see any type of change. Why would a person need or even want to own a military grade automatic weapon? I understand that people like to own guns for hunting, but come on! You shouldn't need an AR-15 for hunting game, or any reason, for that matter; automatic weapons are intended for use EXCLUSIVELY by military personnel during battle. Other than that, that is their SOLE and ONLY purpose. Under NO circumstances whatsoever should any American civilian have access to any type of automatic weapon. Americans should have the right to own a firearm and protect themselves and their families, but we need stricter regulations on what guns can be purchased and owned by the average American citizen. We also need a ban on weapon sale and possession in large urban areas like Philadelphia and Detroit, why would you need to own a weapon of any type? There is obviously no game to be hunted and definitely no room for a target shooting setup. Therefore, owning any type of weapon would be arbitrary and unnecessary. Finally, 3D printing of guns and firearms should be classified as a federal offense and illegal nationwide, regardless of whether firearm licensing has been obtained. Terms of the amendment should allow Homeland Security to confiscate any illegal weapons, plus they should require all of the following: Age restrictions Training on proper use Training on proper storage Universal background checks IQ testing Close gun show loophole Place limitations on weapons and ammunition Prohibition of "open carrying" Prohibition of in-home weapon fabrication, including 3D printing of guns Defunding of the NRA You may not think that raging cases of gun violence have had that much impact on the United States, but they have. Here are the biggest impacts: Some people are scared to leave their own homes because of the danger that they fear in the outside world. They fear that there is danger around every corner and are not willing to leave their home for any reason Because of repeated cases in many parts of the country, many people have been forced to evacuate the homes that they love and have been forced to move to completely unfamiliar territory. Many school students have gone virtual because of all the mass school shootings that have occurred in various parts of the nation, they are afraid to attend school in person out of fear that they will be attacked by a violent offender carrying an illegal weapon. Some people don't even feel safe in their own workplaces because of all the mass shootings. The tourism industry in the United States is on the verge of collapsing because of all the mass shooting and tragedies that have occurred. Families have been forced to pay atrocious amounts of money for loved one's funerals due to ineligibility for life insurance. In this day and age, a funeral can cost more than $11,000. Needless to say that these reasons are all very heartbreaking. After you sign this petition, make sure you share it via email or on any social media platforms that you actively use. Please do not let me down. Thank you all so much for your understanding and support. It means the world to me.
Raise the age requirement to be in possession of a gun in the US.
Gun violence is the number one cause of death for children and teens in America. Every day approximately 12 American children die due to gun violence and the death toll has risen by 50% over the last 2 years. There’s many factors contributing to this problem, one of these being the rise of gun ownership. Gun sales have increased by 65% from 2019 to 2020 and have continued to remain high. In most states the age requirement to purchase a gun is 18, however in some states you are allowed to be in possession of a gun from as young as the age of 15.
Stop Mass Shootings! | Gun Control
A big ongoing issue in the United States is gun violence, which results in mass shootings and tragedy after catastrophe events. The second amendment, also known as the right to bear arms, grants people the ability to own firearms, but many people abuse this freedom to cause harm to other people. As time passes, the number of mass shootings only continues to rise.
100 PERCENT SAFETY IN SCHOOLS
All across the board we hear of gun violence in banks, movie theatres, malls, at public events and unfortunately schools as well. We send our kids off to school, stomach full, warms kisses, and lots of love packed with anxiety due to the fear of not only the distance for that time being until they return, but due to the fear of never seeing them again. Throughout the year of 2022-2023 presently alone we have had over more school shootings than in any year SINCE 1999. That is an astronomical increase. We can take efforts to decrease these events and make our schools stronger by providing bullet proof glass and armed personnel at schools. Schools spend an average budget of 33 billion dollars on school necessities such as lunch, landscaping and restoration not inclusive of education materials or education personnel salaries. If we could cut back on just 20 percent for a part of the school year, there is a possibility we can afford bullet proof glass in each classroom. If we have the right to bear arms in several states than the only thing keeping our children safe from the arms that are being carried with malicious intent, is a gun proof window. Shootings are increasing every month, every month as parents I'm sure we discuss the topic of school safety and the fear that lingers amongst us while we sleep and wake when we put our kids on that big yellow bus or leave the with a peck on the cheek? Are we going to see them again? will they get off the bus and take your hand? WE need to make sure they do. In order to at least make sure we are doing our part is to come together as a community and request bullet proof glass in our school systems or an armed personnel, if not both. ONE STEP AT A TIME, for the kids because they deserve life.