Topic

gun reform

103 petitions

Update posted 3 weeks ago

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.  This petition aim to tarnish its reputation enough to interrupt the NRA's pernicious political influence. 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, and on and on and miserably 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.

Chris Monroe
2,295 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Everytown for Gun Safety, Mitch McConnell, Coalition To Stop Gun Violence

Demand a National Firearms Act in 2019 like we did in 1934

El Paso, Dayton, Poway, Pittsburg, Parkland, Sandy Hook, Columbine, Orlando, Las Vegas... The list of mass shootings in the United States goes on and on. Our children are dying because of angry men who have easy access to military-style assault weapons, bump stocks and ammunition that allows them to kill dozens of innocent people in a matter of seconds, whether or not they are mentally ill, have criminal records or links to terrorist organizations. It's time to pass a National Firearms Act of 2019 that echoes the one passed in 1934 because of public outrage over the St. Valentine's Day Massacre that was facilitated by the use of use of Tommy guns, the equivalent of AR-15 rifles of today, by gangsters like Al Capone who were in cahoots with corrupt politicians in Chicago and other US cities. As the NYT article (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/16/opinion/how-the-st-valentines-day-massacre-changed-gun-laws.html points out, The National Firearms Act of 1934 took away the right of all private citizens to own Tommy guns and "required NFA designated firearms to be registered and taxed. The $200 tax was quite prohibitive at the time (equivalent to $3,659 in 2017)." (For more information on the NFA, go to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Firearms_Act The banning of automatic firearms, together with prohibitively high taxation, greatly reduced the number of gun deaths in that era. We need national legislation, not piecemeal state-by-state and city-by-city laws to solve our national crisis of gun violence. To get rid of existing assault weapons, we could also demand that gun manufacturers be taxed to pay for buying back of all assault-style weapons, just as Australians did in their national referendum following the mass shooting in Port Arthur in 1996. The referendum in Australia did not cause a "slippery slope" to take away private ownership of hunting and sporting guns by Australian citizens, which gun control opponents in this country so fear if a buy-back program were to happen here. There has not been a mass shooting in Australia since the national referendum in 1996. Why can't we have the courage to do the same thing? Let's keep every day a day of love, not a day of mourning!

Lisa Stidham
13,600 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Ohio State Senate, Ohio Governor, Ohio State House

Tell the Ohio House to vote NO on HB 178, permitless carry!

On April 4th, 2019, the Ohio House of Representatives referred HB 178 to the Federalism Committee. This bill is titled "Modifies weapons law; permit concealed carry without license".  This dangerous bill would allow Ohioans to conceal weapons on their person, without having to have a license. This would allow someone to carry a weapon, concealed, into crowded public areas and on city streets. People with dangerous histories, and those without any firearm safety training would be allowed to carry concealed, loaded, guns.  Anyone over 21 years of age and not prohibited by law to carry hidden loaded guns in public without a license, training, background checks, or oversight. This is extremely dangerous and would put Ohioans at risk. The sponsors of this bill call it a 'constitutional carry' bill, in their attempt to make us believe that they have a right to carry a loaded weapon hidden from the rest of us wherever and however they wish. Now they are trying to expand that to let anyone carry guns without training, licenses, and background checks. It is reckless and dangerous. The primary sponsors of this bill are Representatives Ron Hood (District 78) and Tom Brinkman (District 27). Co-Sponsors include Representatives Niraj J. Antani, Brian Baldridge, John Becker, Louis W. Blessing III, Jim Butler, Sara Carruthers, Jon Cross, Bill Dean, Kris Jordan, Candice R. Keller, J. Kyle Koehler, George F. Lang, P. Scott Lipps, Susan Manchester, Don Manning, Riordan T. McClain, Derek Merrin, Jena Powell, Craig S. Riedel, Mark J. Romanchuk, Tim Schaffer, Ryan Smith, Todd Smith, A. Nino Vitale, Scott Wiggam, Shane Wilkin, and Paul Zeltwanger. Please sign this petition and call your legislators! Tell them to vote NO on HB 178!   Yours, Ohio Students for Gun Legislation (If you have any questions, please email us at studentsforgunlegislationohio@gmail.com)  

Ethan Nichols
6,222 supporters