Topic

Gun Safety

166 petitions

Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Nancy Pelosi, Tammy Duckworth, Brad Schneider

Ban Downloadable/Plastic Guns and Bullets

In August of 2018, a United States Federal Judge blocked Cody Wilson and his organization, Defense Distributed from releasing their 3D printed gun blueprints. However, the judge did provide Wilson with other options, such as mailing USB drives with the information on them. In addition, Defense Distributed illegally released the blueprints to the public, days before they were scheduled to be granted permission.  In addition to Defense Distributed, Deterrence Dispense has become active. Unlike Defense Distributed, Deterrence Dispense has no leader, no address, and no known members. They also use peer to peer (P2P) sharing to share CAD files. Because there is no central server location, Deterrence Dispense is extremely hard to shut down. They are 100% anonymous. This makes is exceptionally difficult to take legal action against the group or shut them down. Now, we not only have loosely regulated CAD files for 3D printed guns but there are unregulated files from this new group circulating.  3D printed guns are dangerous because they can be made on demand and can bypass security checkpoints undetected. Also, they have no serial number making the guns untraceable. Kids, felons, terrorists, abusers and mentally ill people could all get their hands on an unlimited amount of guns, without a single background check. A new startup has also appeared on multiple news stations because of their frightening and absurd goal. They want to give blueprints for 3D printable bullet proof vest penetrating bullets to the public at no cost. Not only is this dangerous for citizens of the United States but this organization going under the name, Atlas Arms is also anti government and encourages the bullets to be used to murder police officers.  Safe Nation demands that a bill is passed, stating that all gun and bullet blueprints are illegal to be sold or given for free in the United States. If you agree, take a minute to sign the petition because every signature counts!  Safe Nation is a student led organization fighting to end gun violence. It was founded in July, 2018 and has been fighting 3D printable guns since. Text @GUNFREE to 810-10 to subscribe to text message updates! REGISTER TO VOTE! Text @FUTURE to 644-33! Follow our social media channels to support us and to help campaign! @oursafenation on Instagram and Twitter  Visit our website! www.oursafenation.org Contact me with questions or comments! 224 358 3388 *PLEASE READ UPDATES BELOW FOR CURRENT NEWS AND GOALS*

Safe Nation
140,596 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks 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
23 supporters