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Gun Rights

63 petitions

Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Nancy Pelosi, Donald J. Trump, United States Department of Health and Human Services

Require mental health screenings at checkups with primary care doctors

Gun violence has been discussed bipartisanly since the occurrence of the many recent school shootings. There has been a back and forth conflict about restricting guns, taking them away, arming teachers and all other arguments that have been circling around social media. As a college student, I feel that one thing needs to be considered above everything and that is the safety of children in school. Not only the issue of the safety of children in schools but the safety of every other individual that stands on this earth. I believe this conversation about who should have guns and why they should have guns is extremely important, but it is overshadowing another key area of this entire debate, mental health. A friend of mine was a strong spirit who brought pure joy and care into our lives. She always made everyone laugh, you could hardly keep a smile off of your face around her. However, she was very good at hiding her feelings and how she was truly doing. She had previously attempted suicide a few short years ago. Unfortunately, even though her very recent attempt at taking her own life was present in her medical records, she was still able to legally obtain a firearm and complete suicide. Healthcare facilities and doctors are not required to release medical records to companies who sell firearms. If this were not the case, my friend could have potentially been blockaded from taking her own life. Not only could the knowledge of her medical history potentially have helped her stray from the path she took, but if her primary care doctor was made aware of how she was truly doing, there could have potentially been another source of prevention. Nearly 2/3 of all gun deaths in the United States are suicides. This statistic should shed light on why as a country we need to discuss mental health and its involvement in gun violence. Mental health is an area of study that remains taboo in many areas of our society. The only aspects of mental health that people seem to be accepting are light anxieties and mild depressions. However, when the depths of mental illness come to the surface, that is when people begin to run away from what truly lies beneath. People run at the thought of someone having PTSD or schizophrenia. Dissociative identity disorder or antisocial personality disorder causes people to cower in fear of their diagnosed peers. Why does mental health have to be such a hush-hush topic? This needs to come to an end. Our society needs to take action and bring mental health support to the surface. By creating a discussion on mental health and raising awareness of the impacts it can have on people, we not only as a society will create a more safe environment for individuals who have these illnesses, but there will be a prevention of future harm for these people and those surrounding them. The first step to making this happen is the creation of mental health screenings that would be required and administered by all primary care providers to all of their patients at checkups. Every primary care doctor must screen their patients’ mental health, just as they take their blood pressure and check their weight. This does not mean that primary care doctors will become psychologists or psychiatrists, this simply means a general screening will take place to allow primary care doctors to determine whether or not their patient should be referred to a mental health specialist. Mental health checkups should be as routine as checks for heart issues because the mind and heart are equally important, as one cannot live with just one or the other, so let’s start treating our brains the way we treat our hearts. These screenings/assessments would be similar to those on the first day a patient begins treatment with a psychologist/psychiatrist. The administration of screenings in this way will allow individuals who a) may not be aware of any mental health issues they have or b) may not have prior access to mental health care, to potentially receive the treatment they need and deserve to keep their mental health in check. This screening would not just be the already administered, “have you had thoughts of suicide, hurting yourself or others.” This screening would entail a more in-depth analysis of a person’s well-being and mental health status. Not only will this create an environment where individuals can receive the help and care they deserve, but it will allow future risks to individuals or others around them to decrease compared to if they were not receiving treatment for these potential mental health issues. I feel that the enactment of a bill regarding this subject would create a better environment for those impacted by mental illnesses and those around them.

Sophia Carter
22 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Wayne La Pierre

Petition to NRA to Endorse and Lobby for the Michael's Law Amendment to 18 U.S.C. 926A

WHEREAS, the National Rifle Association ("NRA") has been attempting to effect "National Reciprocity" for gun permits for nearly a decade; and WHEREAS, the NRA has not, to date, been successful; and WHEREAS, even if such legislation were to successfully pass Congress and be signed into law by the president, we believe there is a good chance the law would be thrown out by the Supreme Court on 10th Amendment grounds, as using Federal power to coerce states that do not want to grant reciprocity into doing so violates "states' rights;" and WHEREAS, the Small Business in Transportation Coalition ("SBTC") has proposed an amendment to an existing Federal firearms-related statute (18 U.S.C. 926A; Interstate Transportation of Firearms) in furtherance of the U.S. Constitution's Commerce Clause, calling for the statute to be re-entitled: "Interstate Possession, Transportation and Carrying of Firearms;" and WHEREAS, this proposal is referred to as the "Michael's Law Amendment," in honor of an unarmed trucker named Michael Boeglin, who was shot and killed and burned in his truck on June 26, 2014 in Detroit; and  WHEREAS, Americans travelling interstate are routinely the victim of gun violence with no means to protect themselves if the states they go to do not grant reciprocity, including, but not limited to, truckers like Randy Tomblin, Jerry Matson and most recently, a trucker shot today, January 27, 2016; and WHEREAS, this proposed law would apply to all Americans and would not require any Federal registration whatsoever, but would merely reaffirm the Second Amendment insofar as traveling from state-to-state is concerned and would preempt the ability of the states to make laws that apply to interstate transportation of-- and travelling with-- firearms; WHEREAS, the text of this proposed law, in its entirety, is as follows: 18 U.S. Code 926A; (Renamed): Interstate possession, transportation and carrying of firearms... (1) Notwithstanding any other provision of any Federal law or any Federal rule, a person who is an American citizen and is not otherwise prohibited by this chapter from possessing, carrying, transporting, shipping, or receiving a firearm shall be entitled to carry on his person in a loaded, readily-accessible capacity and transport a firearm for any lawful purpose from any place in any state to any other place in a different state in accordance with the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. (2) FEDERAL PREEMPTION The states are hereby preempted from regulating firearms that are transported into, out of, or through their state by a person who is an American citizen and is not a resident of that state, regardless of whether or not the firearm is carried in a loaded, readily-accessible capacity, pursuant to the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution. NOW, LET IT HEREBY BE RESOLVED that we, the people of the United States of America, including, but not limited to, members of the SBTC and NRA, respectfully request the NRA leadership immediately embrace, endorse, and lobby for the passage of the SBTC's proposed MICHAEL'S LAW AMENDMENT in the interest of protecting all Americans' gun rights.  (Click Here to join the Michael's Law Amendment group on Facebook).

James Lamb
8,258 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

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

Say no to the Assault Weapons Ban of 2019 (HR 1296)

On February 15th, 2019, Representative David N. Cicilline (D, Rhode Island, 1st Congressional District) introduced H.R 1296; the Assault Weapons Ban of 2019. The purpose of the bill, which is clearly stated in plain text is "To regulate assault weapons, to ensure that the right to bear arms is not unlimited, and for other purposes". The full text of the bill and its summary can be found here: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/1296 The bill "makes it a crime to knowingly import, sell, manufacture, transfer, or possess a semiautomatic assault weapon (SAW) or large capacity ammunition feeding device (LCAFD)". This is an egregious and disturbing attempt to further infringe upon the protected right to bear arms under the 2nd Amendment of the United States Constitution. Even more terrifying is that the bill already has 198 co-sponsors, meaning that 198 members of the House of Representatives have pledged to support and vote to pass the bill. We, the people, must act! By signing, you will help make clear to the members of Congress who will be emailed this petition that you will not stand to have your rights infringed upon. We will use this petition as a show of popular support for the 2nd Amendment and our ability to exercise our rights. It's time that we stopped living in fear of the government, and remind them just how many law abiding firearms owners are in the United States, and how many of us are more than happy to vote them out of office if they continue to attempt to pass legislation that violates our rights. If we come together, anything is possible, and we have been gifted the ability to fight tyranny through the 1st Amendment. Let's use it! Send this petition to your friends and loved ones and get them to sign too! We need all the support we can get to make this happen.

Abraham Woodhull
3,118 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Florida Governor, Florida State Senate, Florida State House

Stop the 2020 Assault Weapons Ban and The proposed Bills HB 117, SB 270, SB 94, SB 266...

Don't forget to join my Group for important updates and lawsExclusive Facebook GroupWatch me on YouTube Stop the 2020 Assault Weapons Ban and The proposed Bills HB 117, SB 270, SB 94, SB 266, HB 6009.  Vote NO on Bills HB 117, SB 270, SB 94, SB 266, HB 6009.  And Vote Yes on HB 6003 and HB 6001. Watch my video here explaining what these Bills mean for you �https://youtu.be/K1xJnCx-3dg An organization called Ban Assault Weapons Now (BAWN) has proposed a constitutional amendment that would ban the possession of all semi-automatic rifles and shotguns capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition at one time. This would include an AR-15 and also thousands of other common rifles and shotguns used every day for sporting, hunting and self-defense. The 2020 assault weapons ban does not include handguns yet, but one of my biggest fears is the future escalation of the ban. The goal of this assault weapons ban is to reduce the number of active shootings in the state of Florida. However, FBI data shows that less than 2.7% of homicide victims were killed with a rifle and less than 1.8% were killed with a shotgun. According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement violent crime has been in a sharp decline for over a decade.  Unfortunately, The 2020 Assault Weapons Ban will not solve the problem with active shooters or violence in our society. The only thing it will do is strip law-abiding Americans from exercising their constitutional rights. The authors of this bill have promised not to come after handguns. However, FBI data shows that 46% of homicides committed in 2017 the murder used a handgun. When the Anti-gunners realize the minuscule effect of a rifle and shotgun ban. What's the next logical target?  The proposed assault weapons ban will have a negative impact on every gun owner and or person who is concerned about defending yourself, your family and your constitutional rights.   Please don’t misunderstand me, I don’t think the anti-gun community is evil. I think they are misinformed. They believe that a no guns allowed sign is going to stop a mad man from walking into a school. They believe that criminals are concerned about the law. How has that worked for the war on drugs, sex trafficking, and murder?  I have to fight... I know that if I choose to do nothing and this bill passes it would be my fault. I know that it was my responsibility to take action, I have to take a stand. I often think about what I would have done if I was alive during the creation of this amazing country we call home. I think about what it would have been like to leave my family to fight against the tyranny and oppression. So many good people died for us to have these freedoms and it's up to us to make sure they are not taken away. This is our chance. This is our opportunity to make a mark on the world and defend our freedom.  “A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of the free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” Are you willing to join me in defending our rights?  The first step is to sign this petition opposing the 2020 Assault Weapons Ban in Florida. Then you need to educate yourself with the facts surrounding violent crimes and gun control. You will need this knowledge as you prepare to go out into the world and educate your friends, family and co-workers. This is not the time to be shy or reserved if you don’t take a stand your rights will be taken away. What happens if we win? If we are able to prevent this bill from being added to the 2020 ballot the victory will be short-lived. The anti-gun community will not give up. They will not stop. It is up to you and me to stand and fight. It is up to you and me to defend the second amendment which is by far the most important amendment in the bill of rights. The Second Amendment allows us the ability to defend all of our other rights and freedoms.  What happens if we lose? Our constitutional right to bear arms will be diminished. Law-abiding citizens will have their rights stripped away. Parents will no longer be able to purchase a Ruger 10/22 for their children, a mother will no longer be able to purchase a shotgun for home defense and millions of law-abiding gun owners will become criminals overnight.  

Ryan G. Thomas
4,787 supporters