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Gun Safety

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Petition to U.S. Congress

Stop gutting federal gun laws

Now is not the time for silence. It's time for outrage. Our hearts go out to the families and friends of the hundreds of people that were killed or injured at the Mandalay Bay Casino mass shooting in Las Vegas, the worst in the nation's history. But sympathy will not save the 33,000 Americans who will be killed this year by gun violence.  Legislators beholden to the gun lobby will no doubt say now is not the time to talk about gun laws. There is no other kind of attack on Americans that is met with this level of indifference. It needs to stop. Right now Congress is considering deregulating silencers which would make it harder to identify from where gunshots are coming in active shooter situations. The House is close to passing a bill making it easier for people to carry concealed weapons to any state in the nation with not so much as a background check.  Tell Congress #Enough. Sign this petition to tell Members of Congress to: Vote no on H.R. 3668, the SHARE Act that would gut long-standing regulations on silencers and loosen restrictions on armor piercing bullets. Block H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act that would force states to honor the concealed carry weapons permits of every other state, regardless of how lax the other state's law. Ban weapons of war: assault weapons and large capacity magazines, which have no place in the hands of private citizens. (photo credit: D. Becker/Getty Images)

CT Against Gun Violence
263,511 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Donald Trump, Steve Scalise, Nancy Pelosi, Charles Schumer, John McCain, Mitch McConnell, Dianne Feinstein, Bernie Sanders, Paul Ryan, Kevin McCarthy, Steny Hoyer, Mike Pence, 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)

Matt Nye
147 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Sister Mary Persico, Marywood University Administration, Marywood Campus Safety

Demand For Marywood To Implement Better Protocol and Communication During Safety Breaches

In order to see a change, we must unite together and speak up to INITIATE change. Use your voice to speak up against the lack of safety, understanding, and concern that Marywood University showed our student body by failing to inform students of a potentially life threatening occurance. On October 4th, there was a gunman on campus and the University neglected to inform students until the "situation had been resolved." Many of us learned of gunman after seeing police on campus armed with rifles and shotguns as well as students frantically running. During this time, no automatic messages or emails were sent alerting students to the gravity or potential deadliness of the situation. Upon detaining the person of interest, students were sent directly back to class. The University assumed that the gunman was acting alone and thus chose not initiate a search of the rest of campus. President Sister Mary Persico stated, "There is currently no protocol in place to handle this type situation." We later learned what actually happened by word of mouth and through the local news rather than our campus administration and security. Marywood defended their negligence by claiming that they couldn't inform the students because "they were responding to a threat with 'immediacy.'" However, within 5 minutes of the suspect being detained, the administration told students to return to class. Thankfully, the local police acted and removed the gunman, but Marywood failed to communicate and put the students' safety as it's number one priority. You never think you will be affected by anything like this, but failure to properly plan and act can determine whether people live or die. (By writing this, I am not disregarding the selflessness, immediacy and protection that the local police exemplified. This petition has the purpose of speaking up with the hope that Marywood will change its policy and communication methods to ensure students feel safe and protected during a similar time.) Yes, we are very lucky that nobody was hurt. This petition is to promote a campus wide change in protocol and communication measures when planning for events that can potentially be far worse than October 4th.     

Jenna Fallone
865 supporters