Petition to Paul Ryan
Physicians Demanding Congress for stricter Gun Control
Reflective of the recent statement from the American College of Physicians, we, as both physicians and mothers, are declaring mass shootings a serious public health issue, endangering the future of our children and our country. In the wake of yet another mass shooting on American soil, our nation's physicians call for Congress to 1) ban the sale of automatic and semiautomatic assault weapons, 2) instate universal background checks and 3) lift restrictions on studies relating to the effects of gun violence on public health.
Petition to Fred Upton, Debbie Stabenow, Chris Murphy, Marco Rubio, Bill Nelson, Gary Peters, Richard Blumenthal, Margaret O'Brien
Students Fighting Guns Since Adults Won't
Adults have failed us. Everyday, we students walk into school with the promise of an education without threat of violence. However, it has become increasingly clear that hallways of schools across America are no longer a guaranteed safe haven. Whether it's an elementary school in small-town Connecticut or a high school in Florida, it's become apparent that school shootings are becoming an expected part of American life. Since 2013, there have been 291 school shootings, with 18 of them happening in 2018 alone. We simply ask how many shootings will it take, how many innocent children have to die, until adults decide we, as our nation's children, are more important than our nation's guns. Therefore, we ask our fellow students to take it upon ourselves to stand up as our adults remain sitting. We demand change. While most students cannot vote, we are not voiceless to our society. There are about 56 million K through 12 students in the United States. If we mobilize this population -- by signing petitions, contacting lawmakers, and utilizing social media -- we can make our presence felt. Ultimately, our goal is to pressure lawmakers to make comprehensive and responsible gun control policy to keep our schools and society safe. It's not a matter of if anymore, it's a matter of when we will be affected. Students For Gun Legislation
Petition to President of the United States, Paul Ryan, Charles Schumer, Nancy Pelosi
Gun Safety For All
Dear America, We are sick and sad over the latest tragedy in Las Vegas and we are appealing to the great majority of people who want to see a safer country. We are only asking you to sign this if you agree with what we think are two ways all sides of this issue can come together. Roughly 33,000 people die from gun violence every year in this country. Every day, 315 are shot in the United States and 93 die. The homicide rate in the United States is 20 times higher than 22 countries like us in wealth and population – combined. No one is challenging the right of law abiding citizens to responsibly own a firearm. But like most of you, we believe that guns should be kept away from criminals, terrorists, domestic abusers, the dangerously mentally ill, and children. Yes, Americans have rights. The right to be safe. The right not to be afraid when you go into a public place. The right to go to a public place - to a concert, to walk down the street or to go to school. The right not to have a generation of scared kids raised on lockdown drills. We love this country. And one of the many reasons we love it is that it was built on the principle that the people could change it. We are asking people to sign their name if you: 1. Support universal background checks that keep criminals and terrorists from purchasing guns 2. Support gun owners safely storing firearms so they don’t lead to accidental deaths or get in the hands of people intending to do harm In addition to signing this petition, we are asking you to contact your local lawmaker and ask them to support these two substantive changes to our current laws. It can be your Mayor, Governor, representative in Congress or your Senator. You can find your person by going to: It may not stop every gun death, but if it prevents just one, it’s worth it. People are dying who don’t need to. We pledge to use our voice, influence and skills to try to prevent more gun deaths. So far, 59 people were murdered in Las Vegas and counting, making it the “deadliest” shooting in American history. Until the next one. And then the next one. Orlando. Virginia Tech. Charleston. Aurora. San Bernardino. Sandy Hook. And in each case, the guns used were far too easily available to people intent on doing harm. This depravity should rattle anyone with a conscience. We hope every American will join together and correct what has been a shameful period in our nation’s history. We deserve better than this. Let’s end this national disgrace and show the rest of the world that the United States of America can indeed stand for the principles on which it was founded. Please share if you want #GunSafetyForAll (Note: This is my personal view – not necessarily the view of any affiliated organization.)
Petition to Donald Trump, Steve Scalise, Nancy Pelosi, Charles Schumer, John McCain, Mitch McConnell, Dianne Feinstein, Bernie Sanders, Paul Ryan, Kevin McCarthy, Steny Hoyer, Orrin Hatch, John Cornyn, Dick Durbin, John Barrasso, Cory Gardner, Cory Booker, Mike Lee, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, Mike Crapo, Lindsey Graham, Mark Warner, Roy Blunt, Jeff Merkley, Chris Van Hollen
Reinstate Federal Assault Weapons Ban (AWB)
On September 13, 1994, Members of Congress came together and passed the Federal Assault Weapons Ban (AWB). That same day, President Bill Clinton signed it into law - until it expired 10 years later. As a result of this lapse, the legal sale of assault weapons has led to an increase in mass shootings: Virginia Tech (2007), Sandy Hook (2012), Aurora (2012), San Bernardino (2015), Orlando (2016), and Las Vegas (2017). From these tragedies alone, 192 people have died. I think we can all agree that we don't want to take away anyone's rights, but certain weapons should never find civilian hands. At this point, our technology has surpassed the 2nd Amendment. A civilian's right to bear arms is meant to protect and defend, not kill large amounts of people in a short amount of time. If there is anything that a post-AWB world has proven, it's that we're not safe. Colleges, movie theaters, the workplace, nightclubs, concerts, and elementary schools are targets for the mentally ill. America isn't a war zone. We shouldn't have to live in fear. That's not why we're here. I am asking for a bridge of bipartisan support and to reinstate the AWB. Put away the petty politics and address the root of the problem. Mental illness is a major component of all of these tragedies, but we must start by removing military-grade weapons from the hands of people who should never hold them in the first place. The trained men and women of this country who defend us should be the only ones to yield it. Anything else would cheapen their service. Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope this opens a concerned and meaningful dialogue among our current representatives. US Mass Shootings (1982 to 2017) - 401 more mass murder fatalities post-AWB (September 2004 to present day) than during (September 1994 - September 2004) EDIT: Since initially starting this petition, 26 lives have been taken in the Texas First Baptist Church massacre in Sutherland Springs, TX and 17 lives have been lost at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL.
Petition to National Rifle Association, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
Gun law reform, protect America and end gun violence
I'm a high school student who no longer feels safe at school after Columbine, Sandy Hook, Parkland, all some of the deadliest school shootings the United States has seen, and there have been countless others. This isn't even taking into consideration the amount of non-school mass shootings. My question is how many innocent people, and children who didn't get a chance at life, have to die before change happens? Kids as low as 7 years old have asked parents to buy them different shoes so that if there is a shooter, their shoes don't light up giving away their position. Schools have become a place where you go to not just wondering if you'll pass a test, but wondering if this will be the day you die. That is why I am petitioning the NRA to reform the gun laws. For one I believe that fully automatic and semi-automatic weapons should not be available to the public. However semi-automatic can be purchasable with a hunting license. Pistols should only have access to .22 ammunition, no higher than .22 caliber. You can have a .32 magnum revolver and a .44 magnum with a concealed carry license. Secondly, I believe security in school needs to be increased. We need more federal funding for schools. Security guards at school should be armed with tasers, that way not to kill a possible shooter but to stop them. Lastly, we need stricter laws on who can purchase guns. We need stricter background checks for those who wish to purchase a weapon. We need background checks to lock people out of guns who suffer from mental illness. Parents shouldn't have to send their kids to school worrying about a shooting, and kids shouldn't have to go to school worrying about death. Nobody should be worrying about getting shot from just going to a concert, walking down the street of a city to pick up some groceries, or any other normal everyday task people do every day. That is why I'm calling on all of you to take action now by signing this petition, together we can make a change and put an end to these horrible actions.
Petition to Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi, Charles Schumer, Donald Trump, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Ted Cruz, Elizabeth Warren, Dianne Feinstein, Marco Rubio, John McCain, Barbara Boxer, Rand Paul, Kirsten Gillibrand, Bill Nelson, Dick Durbin, Cory Booker, Harry Reid, Patty Murray, John Cornyn, Tim Kaine, Illinois State House
Weapons of War Ban
With heavy hearts and unshakeable resolve, we write to seek your support. We are a coalition of educational stakeholders committed to demanding, facilitating, and realizing substantive change in our fundamental ability to keep our schools’ children safe. As such, we ask you to join us to advocate for the passage of laws to keep our schools safe from weapons of war. As educators, schools, and communities, we have relentlessly worked to foster, ensure, and maintain safe learning environments for our students and teachers. Yet the issue that is out of our control is that of the weapons of war brought to bear in these attacks on our children. Despite our mental health resources, our physical security barriers, our coordination with local law enforcement, and the tireless work of our student services professionals, these efforts are too often negated by the type of firepower in the hands of perpetrators. While we have repeatedly demonstrated a commitment to professional development, appropriate staffing, community building, and resource allocation, our government has routinely abstained from passing a ban on all weapons of war. We believe the proposed legislation linked here is a critical step in giving our collective efforts the upper hand in ensuring our most fundamental responsibility: student safety. We believe the time has come for us to coalesce as we advocate for real change, support the powerful movement that our students have started, and create the conditions in which our stakeholders feel empowered and able to take a stand and facilitate change. We are energized by the voice that so many are finding and sharing. We believe it is, in part, our responsibility to ensure these voices see and realize their power in changing the narrative and the outcomes of these horrific situations. We greatly appreciate your consideration, partnership, and advocacy to shield our kids from undue risk and harm in the face of weapons meant for war. Motivated, coordinated, and together, Jason Markey - Father, High School Principal, Suburban Chicago, IL Chris Lehmann - Father, CEO / Co-Principal, Philadelphia, PA Erin Groth - Mother, Teacher, Suburban Chicago, IL Corey Janisch - Father, Teacher, Suburban Chicago, IL Jenna Shaw - Teacher David Narter - Father, Teacher, Chicago, IL Carla Hicks Bos - Mother, Elementary Principal, CA Amy Gorzynski - Teacher, Chicago, IL Dwight Carter, Father, Principal, Suburban Columbus, OH Dr. Bradford Hubbard - Father, Assistant Superintendent, Suburban Chicago, IL Amy Stolarsky - Mother, Teacher, Chicago, IL Natalia LeMoyne - Mother, Coordinator for Educational Technology, Guilderland, NY Ben Kovacs - Teacher, Suburban Chicago, IL James Lima - Father, School Board Member, Suburban Chicago, IL Mayra Carrera - Teacher, Suburban Chicago, ILRichard Drehobl - Father, Grandfather and retired Policemen. Devin Schoening - Father, Instructional Technology Program Lead, Council Bluffs, IA Jaime Casap - Father, Education Evangelist, Google Dr. Lisa Stevenson- Mother, Director of Instruction, Bettendorf, IA Catina Haugen Mother, Elementary Principal Dr. Demian Singleton - Father, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, Guilderland, NY Dr. Kathy Robbins - Mother, Grandmother, retired Superintendent Jennifer Kloczko - Mother, Elementary Principal Cameron Park, CA Emily Roth - Mother, Educator Kristin Kahlich - Program Manager, Google, San Francisco, CA Tom Whitford - Father, Educator, Wisconsin Jennifer Heisler - Mother, Teacher, Illinois Kyle Pace - Father, Director of Technology, Kansas City, MO Dr. Henry Thiele - Father, Superintendent of Schools, Suburban Chicago, IL Kristin Ziemke - Educator, Chicago, ILk Jennie Magiera - Educator, Chicago, IL Cynthia Ellis- Mom, Teacher, Suburban Chicago, IL Nancy Blair Black - Mother, Educator, Florida
Petition to Christopher Wray, Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe
Declare the NRA a supporter of domestic terrorism
The National Rifle Association (NRA) is no longer purely a sportsmen's organization. It spends enormously (over $3 million per year since 2013) to keep our gun policies in a retrograde, 18th century state such that there is effectually no gun control in the United States. More Americans have died from gun violence (over 1.5 million) than from all the wars since the Revolution, and Americans overwhelmingly want some form of gun control. A sensible reading of the 2nd Amendment would allow gun ownership but 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. None of this will be regulated while the NRA is allowed to influence public policy with its entirely lopsided donations to Republican legislators. One of the many stupid things NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre (who earns nearly a million dollars a year) has said is that "the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." 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 completely inaccessible and shot himself before police arrived. What the NRA does now is use these horrific attacks to spread the demand for weapons, enriching gun and ammo manufacturers while putting Americans at increasing risk of being shot. Domestic terrorism is on the rise in the wake of Trump's Russian-engineered election. The shooter in Parkland (Feb 14, 2018) declared himself a member of a white nationalist group. The NRA, which facilitates both the arming and the militant ideology of these groups, should be declared an organization that supports domestic terrorism. Even if the FBI refuses to make such a declaration, a strong public demand for it could tarnish the reputation of NRA-supported candidates enough to interrupt their pernicious influence on our politics. The victims of Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, Fl), of Sutherland Springs (11/5/17), of Las Vegas (10/2/17), of the 2016 Orlando shooting, of Sandy Hook Elementary, and on and on and miserably on deserve no less. I will update this petition with links and contact information as it gains support. Please sign the MoveOn.org petition calling for the same designation.
Petition to Donald Trump, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
Pass Common Sense Gun Control
Nickolas 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.