gun laws

14 petitions

Started 4 weeks ago

Petition to Eleanor Norton

Help "Divas" Keep the Gun Industry & our Elected Officials accountable for the Violence!

As a mental health awareness advocate and organization, M.I. Mother's Keeper is saddened by the many instances of horrific violence, and more importantly violence perpetrated by the use of a gun, whether self-inflicted or otherwise, that is alarmingly becoming the norm for many in our communities and across the nation. Now more than ever we need more funding to support various methods of mental health screenings, research, treatment, and programs.  We want answers and we need action!  Mental Illness and Gun Violence are public health matters, that as of late have been at the forefront of our atrocities as a nation.  The State of our City, communities, and our nation are under siege due to violence.  It's time for a real change! Help us help the nation, one community, and one family at a time.  We are all in this together!  Proper Mental Health Matters! We need more funding! We need more caring! We need more accountability!  Join Us!  We're calling on all DIVAS in the community to help us raise awareness to this very sensitive and necessary movement.  M.I. Mother's Keeper believes that our mothers, sisters, daughters, aunts, grandmothers, etc. are the nurturers of the community.  We're asking our DIVAS to stand up for proper mental health!  Stand up and help us take back our communities!  We're losing our families to violence and we've got to stay vocal to be heard!  Calling all DIVAS....M.I. Mother's Keeper needs your voice!  Our communities need healing!  We need your persistence, we need your Love!  Sign up today and show your support for the many families that are in crisis due to violence.Are you a DIVA? A nurturer who is "Deeply Incensed by Violent Acts"...Stand with us and help to secure more funding to get our communities the help and resources needed to keep the nation mentally healthy and aware!. Join Us! 1-844-36HELP2!

Rhonda Hamilton
33 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

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

Put a stop to unstable gun holders—not the guns themselves

For now, let’s focus on stopping the criminals, not the weapons. Let’s face it: when it comes to gun control, people tend to have a strong opinion on it.  With no side willing to give in, nothing is being done about the continuingly increasing mass shootings here in the U.S.  So why don’t we attack this issue in a different way?   I was recently informed that the number of guns in the U.S. is about the same as the number of people (despite this, only about 1 in 3 households actually possess one as of research found in 2015).  With so many guns already in the U.S.—and the more in the making to fit the increasing demand—it’s unreasonable to completely ban guns. Besides, banning guns doesn’t mean getting rid of them.  Not only will it cause a riot, but the vast amount of guns already existing will be hard to retrieve and could remain in circulation for the next 300 years alone.  On the other hand, NOT banning them doesn’t prove to be the best idea either, according to the many recent mass shootings.   But there’s a solution. Instead of following the unending path of whether we should ban guns or not, we should focus more on the bearers of the guns themselves.  There’s a trend with most of the recent mass shootings—all of them had warning signs of some sort.  The Texas shooter showed signs of instability, yet no report of some sort was filed to keep him from obtaining a gun.  Other shooters all showed signs of instability which friends and family took notice to—one’s parents took the car batteries out of his car every night for this reason—but no one spoke out. So instead of questioning the law, how about we question the mental health of people before they can obtain such devastating weapons, then offer some some sort of reform or therapy to fix the problem?  I don’t think I’m the only one in the U.S. that cares about this matter, especially because it concerns the safety of my family, peers, and myself. For now, let’s focus on stopping the criminals, not the weapons.

Sophie Kadan
957 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to New Jersey State House, New Jersey Governor

NJ to be a concealed carry state.

Many crimes across New Jersey are committed with illegally-obtained weapons -- and many of those weapons come from out of state. analysis of federal data found 80 percent of so-called crime guns recovered in New Jersey were traced to other states, mostly Pennsylvania and five southern states known for their loose requirements for gun purchasing: North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, South Carolina and Florida.  When it comes to concealed carry, New Jersey is a "may issue" state, meaning local officials or the State Police have broad discretion in issuing a concealed carry permit to an applicant.  Applicants in New Jersey need to show a "justifiable need" for a carry permit, but Second Amendment advocates have said officials here interpret the phrase too narrowly. New Jersey's concealed carry regulations "so individuals who can demonstrate an urgent necessity for self-protection by articulating serious threats, specific threats or previous attacks which demonstrate a special danger to the applicant's life that cannot be reasonably avoided by other means could obtain a carry permit."    Proponents of concealed carry say that criminals are less likely to attack someone they believe to be armed. They cite the 2nd Amendment's "right of the people to keep and bear arms," and argue that most adults who legally carry a concealed gun are law-abiding and do not misuse their firearms.  States that implemented "shall-issue" concealed carry laws reduced murders by 8.5%, rapes by 5%, aggravated assaults by 7%, and robbery by 3%, according to an analysis of FBI crime data.  Responsible citizens should have the right to arm themselves against criminals with guns.Violent criminals will always have guns. Rather than being victims, concealed handgun carriers have a sense of safety and security, especially when going outside at night or in dangerous areas.  The right to carry concealed handguns is guaranteed by the Second Amendment of the US Constitution.The entire Second Amendment states: "a well regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed."  The majority of Americans support allowing the concealed carry of handguns.  It is crucial New Jersey moves forward as a shall issue state.  All to often citizens become victims of violent crimes.  Even state law writes we need to be victims before we can have a fighting chance.  All it takes is one time for criminals to cause serious bodily harm and even death, let us be prepared and protected for that one time. 

Brandonlee Feliciano
24 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Donald Trump, Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell

Common sense enforcement of current gun laws to prevent mass shootings.

Mass shootings occur frequently in this country because of easy access to destructive weapons that have no sporting purpose. The National Firearms Act already provides language for regulating the sale, importation, and ownership destructive wepons that have no sporting purpose. However, modern assault rifles like the AR-15, semiautomatic kalashnikov rifle (AK-47), sig sauer MCX assault rifle, semiautomatic FN FAL rifles and their variants are not covered by the National Fire Arms act. This has allowed mass shooters easy access to powerful semiautomatic versions of military rifles allowing them to kill and wound countless innocent men, women and children. We are calling on the President and Congress to amend the National Firearms Act to include semiautomatic versions of military rifles, weapons that have proven themselves to be highly destructive, and to have no sporting purpose. This would force those wanting to purchase these destructive wepons to obtain approval from the ATF, pass an extensive background check to include submitting a photograph and fingerprints, fully register the firearm, receive ATF written permission before moving the firearm across state lines, and pay a tax. This would not affect the majority of the guns that americans use for hunting, target shooting, and self defense. Revolvers, lever action rifles, bolt action rifles, pistols, shotguns and semiautomatic rifles with out detachable magizines would not be affected. Additionaly start new legislation that would ban the sale of rifle, pistol, and shotgun magizines with a capacity greater than thirteen rounds. This would dramaticaly deminish the ability of mass shooters to fire rapidly, but still protect the sporting and self defense gun uses of the average american.  The National Fire Arms act was originally drafted in 1934 in response to gangland crime, and has been updated twice by congress in 1968, and in 1986. It is time to update it again for the needs of twenty-first century americans.

Christopher Flurry
378 supporters