gun control

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

National High School Walk-Out for Anti Gun Violence

We are the students, we are the victims, we are change, fight gun violence now! High School students across the U.S.A, the way to fight back is here. There has been too much complacency on the part of politicians when it comes to gun violence. The time to act is now! Public school shootings affect communities and especially teenagers. On February, 14th a High School shooting in Parkland, Florida occurred, killing 17 people. Still,  POTUS has not addressed any form of gun legislation. The majority of teenagers have no right to vote, leaving our voice unheard. The government does not hear or care how these tragedies affect our lives.  Seven children and teens are killed with guns in the U.S. on an average day ( The violence of guns is being performed in our schools and our communities. Not the Senate floor. As the future of America, it is time for teenagers to speak their minds and put their frustration into action. The Plan: On Friday, April 20th, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting I propose a National High School student walk out. Walk out of school, wear orange and protest online and in your communities. Sign the petition if you pledge to do so. Nothing has changed since Columbine, let us start a movement that lets the government know the time for change is now. #nationalschoolwalkout 

Lane Murdock
252,975 supporters
Update posted 1 day 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
2,102 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Speaker Paul Ryan

Federally Funded Mass Shooting Research

Our hearts are with you Parkland, FL.  And Newton, Littleton, Roswell, Rancho Tehama, Las Vegas, Miami and the countless other cities which have been devastated by mass shootings. When are the rest of us going to stop pretending this doesn't affect us all? Mass shooters do not just terrorize the school campus or movie theater where they shoot their bullets.  They terrorize the nation.  These mass murders destroy families and break the spirits of communities.  But, admit it.  Though this may not have happened where you live, you wonder when it will.  Parents afraid to send their children to school, children afraid to go.  Teachers who rethink teaching because educating youth may not be worth their lives.    There is a problem to be sure.  But what is it?  Is it guns?  Is it mental health?  Maybe.  Maybe not.  Is it the lack of paid family leave that would allow parents to bond with their children when they are young or take time off to be with them when they sense something is wrong?  Is it an economy that requires parents to work so much that they are not home enough to be able to supervise their children?  Is it a sense of entitlement?  Or maybe a lack of awareness of the warning signs that we (and our children) should be reporting?  Maybe the problem is that law enforcement's hands are tied until there is an actual incident and we have no way to prevent these situations before they happen, even if we worry that someone we know has this potential.   The truth is, I do not know.  And neither do you.  More importantly, nobody does.  Since Congress enacted a provision in 1997 that bars the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from doing any research that would "advocate or promote gun control," research in this area has been minimal.  Researchers have been dissuaded from pursuing the questions to which we all want answers.  How can we solve a problem when we don't know what the problem is?  According to a research letter published in JAMA (Stark and Shah, 2017), "Compared with other leading causes of death, gun violence was associated with less funding and fewer publications than predicted based on mortality rate... In relation to mortality rates, gun violence research was the least-researched cause of death and the second-least funded cause of death after falls."  NPR quoted former House Speaker John Boehner as saying, "The CDC is there to look at diseases that need to be dealt with to protect the public health. I'm sorry but a gun is not a disease."  Maybe.  Maybe not.  But this is a public health issue.  Lest you doubt that, here are some facts: - There were 427 mass shootings in the US in 2017 alone. (         - Since 2000, there have been 263 gun-related deaths on school campuses in the US and many more gun-related injuries. (Wikipedia)  - In 2015, there were 36,252 US deaths by firearms, compared to 36,161 deaths by motor vehicle crash and 5 deaths by terrorism that same year. (JAMA, Nov. 2017). Research on motor vehicle deaths led to safety belts, air bags and booster seats.  Research on SIDS let to the Back To Sleep campaign.  Research doesn't sit on a shelf, it saves lives!  So why are we keeping our kids in car seats longer and putting them to sleep on their backs, just so we can send them to school to get murdered?  Our children deserve for us to put more effort into figuring this out. It is time for us to demand that Speaker Paul Ryan and the House of Representatives consider mass murder the public health issue that it is. #SpeakerforTruth We want to see the provisions that restrict the CDC from studying this crisis removed and, furthermore, we want to see funding for this type of research addressed specifically in upcoming long-term budget negotiations.     Please post a link of this petition to your social media accounts with the hashtag: #speakerfortruth

Tanya Holland
1,110 supporters