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 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 email@example.com
Petition to Bernie Brenner, Neeraj Gunsagar, Chip Perry
TrueCar, Drive Away From The NRA!
Founded in Los Angeles in the fall of 2017 after the mass shootings in Las Vegas and Texas, Drain The NRA is a grassroots movement that combats the gun lobby’s stranglehold on Congress by boycotting, protesting and encouraging divestment from the gun industry and its corporate partners and ultimately flipping the gun lobby's Congressional puppets. 93 Americans are killed by gun violence every day and 2017 is on record as the deadliest year for mass shootings in modern US history. We were dismayed to discover that TrueCar advertises on the NRA's website and offers its car buying services as a benefit to NRA members. By partnering with the NRA, TrueCar is aligning themselves with one of the nation’s most divisive lobbying organizations and by association endorsing the gun lobby's practices of halting sensible gun safety legislation, such as universal background checks and a ban on bump stocks, that would ultimately make our communities safer. Those who sign this petition are asking TrueCar to no longer advertise its services to NRA members and remove its page from the NRA website. We will boycott, protest and divest from TrueCar until it stands with the majority of Americans who want sensible gun safety laws and drives away from the NRA.
Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
Pass Common Sense Gun Control
I am a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS, where the school shooting happened on 02/14/18. I am close friends with one of the victims and I want common sense gun control to be passed to prevent more families from losing loved ones in these terrible tragedies. I'm lucky that I was on the other side of the school when the shooting started and was evacuated quickly. Nick Cruz killed SEVENTEEN people, some who were freshman just starting their second semester of high school, others seniors who just committed to the colleges of their dreams. He took away their hopes and aspirations. He should not have been able to carry an assault rifle. We need to convince our elected officials that now is the time to speak up against the NRA and promote some form of gun control. They should not be worrying about how much money they will make or whether they will be re-elected. Innocent people are DYING because of gun violence. These children and heroes might be alive today. There’s a reason why other countries don’t have mass shootings and as a nation, we should work towards that. Please sign and share this petition with everyone you know. Nobody should have to face tragedies like this.
Petition to Kamala D. Harris, Joe Biden
Ban Ghost Guns
Ghost Guns are untraceable, undetectable, 3D printable firearms that can be created at home and reproduced infinitely. Anybody can create a Ghost Gun: this includes felons, children, and abusers. There are no background checks, no training courses, and no licenses. Instead, it is simply a free-for-all for anybody to own a personal arsenal of deadly weapons. Ghost Guns are a quickly growing issue in the United States because they provide such easy access to an array of firearms and bullets. I demand that an executive order is immediately signed to prohibit the distribution and production of Ghost Guns and/or their blueprints. This cannot wait any longer; the threat is too real. Ghost Guns are real and they are deadly.
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.
Petition to Judge John Craig, Chief Justice Cheri Beasley
Examine Paul Steber's Sentencing
In August of 2019, Paul Steber was arrested on High Point University's campus. He was found to be in possession of two firearms and ammunition. He was promptly arrested but released on a $250,000 bail posted by his parents. In late July of 2020, Steber has officially received his sentencing. He was charged with three counts: two felony counts of weapons on campus and communicating a threat of mass violence on educational property. Steber pled guilty to a negotiated plea to possession of firearms on campus. In return he is only serving 24 months of probation. In the first year of probation, he is to commit 100 hours of community service. It is only if he were to violate the terms of his parole would he receive possible jail time (5-15 months). This sentencing is unacceptable. During the investigation it became clear that Steber had clearly intended to cause mass violence. He had started his plan in December of his senior year of high school. He investigated mass shootings, showing a particular interest with Dylann Roof and the tragedy he committed in a Charleston church. Steber had been found to have a clear timeline for his crimes, as well as intent for murder. He specifically chose to attend High Point University because it was located in North Carolina, which has fewer gun regulations than his hometown of Boston, Massachusetts. The High Point Police Department specifically called Steber a "threat to society". This highlights clear discrepancies in our justice system based on privilege. The lack of comprehensive sentencing does not show a desire for Steber's rehabilitation, but rather a desire to get him out of the system. The High Point University student body feels extreme unease regarding this current sentencing, and feels as if more time and resources should be directed towards rehabilitation. This petition is not limited to the community of High Point University, but rather hopes to set a precedent that focuses on rehabilitative therapy, and does not make exceptions based on privilege.
Petition to Roy Cooper, North Carolina State House, Virginia Foxx
Second Amendment Protection Act - Freedom to Worship Safely
OVERVIEW: House Bill 652 would allow a person who holds a concealed handgun permit to possess and carry a handgun on an educational property that serves as a religious place of worship. CURRENT LAW: G.S. 14-269.2 generally prohibits any person from possessing or carrying any firearm on educational property or to a curricular or extracurricular activity sponsored by a school. BILL ANALYSIS: The PCS to House Bill 652 would allow a concealed carry handgun permittee, or someone exempt from needing a handgun permit, to possess and carry a handgun at a religious place of worship that is the location of a school if: • The educational property is not a university, college, or community college. • The educational property is not owned by a local board of education or county commission. • The weapon is a handgun. • The handgun is possessed and carried outside of any time when any curricular or extracurricular activities are taking place. • The owner has not posted signs prohibiting the carrying of handguns on the premises. We the people of North Carolina, petition the veto of H.B. 652 second amendment protection act - freedom to worship safely. We petition on the grounds that Governor Roy Cooper’s statement “this bill allows guns on school property which threatens the safety of the students and teachers. Therefore, I veto the bill“ The language used by Governor Roy Cooper is not within the context of the bill. This bill is not allowing concealed carry on a public school or even community college property or even in the facilities. On the contrary to the context that governor Cooper exerts in his statement of a safety issue, The intended purpose of a concealed carry permit is to provide and to afford an individual personal safety and that of his or her family. Any persons that have been properly trained and have met the requirements of the state to possess a concealed firearm should not be considered as a threat as governor Roy Cooper suggests in his veto statement. We should not allow him to veto this bill on the grounds of safety because the sole purpose of this bill is to afford a safer environment at a place of worship. Nowhere in this bill does it state during school hours or at any school sponsored event. This bill is only concerning the hours of operation of the church or house of worship and to deny a law abiding citizen that holds a concealed carry permit Is a direct infringement on his or her individual second amendment right. We ask as the constituents of North Carolina, please reconsider and override the veto of H.B. 652 second amendment protection act - freedom to worship safely. In recent years church shootings have been more prevalent and there exists a need to defend and assemble a security team. We have concealed carry in North Carolina to afford and provide an individual right to protect oneself and family. Why are we allowing the infringement of some churchgoers' right that a legal concealed carry holder is not able to legally conceal carry in their place of worship just because it has an educational facility on the premises? Should not all churches be afforded the right to protect themselves and the church family? All churches should be on the same level ground, and should have the individual right to make the choice to allow Concealed Carry or not to allow Concealed Carry, it should not be up to Governor Roy Cooper to have the power to deny, disarm, infringe, or to take away the right of a legal conceal carry holder which he or she has a constitutionally protected right to protect themself and his or her family while at his or her house of worship.