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 U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
Pass Common Sense Gun Control
I am a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS, where the school shooting happened on 02/14/18. I am close friends with one of the victims and I want common sense gun control to be passed to prevent more families from losing loved ones in these terrible tragedies. I'm lucky that I was on the other side of the school when the shooting started and was evacuated quickly. Nick 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.
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)
Petition to FedEx, Fredrick W. Smith, James L. Barksdale
Demand FedEx Drop the NRA and their Russian Friends
The National Rifle Association spent tens of millions of dollars on Donald Trump’s campaign, and the campaigns of other politicians who support their deadly “guns everywhere” agenda. Now, they’re under investigation by the FBI for funneling money from Russian interests into American political campaigns. If the gun lobbyists took money from a hostile foreign power and used it to influence our elections, they broke the law and betrayed our country. Once a patriotic organization with deep ties to our country, the NRA and their gun lobby friends have spent years building relationships with shady foreigners. Some of their top people, like disreputable former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke and former NRA President David Keane, have traveled to Russia to promote the “guns everywhere” agenda abroad. And Russians with connections to the Kremlin and the criminal underworld, like Alexander Torshin, a Russian politician and alleged money launderer, and Maria Butina, a Russian gun lobbyist often spotted around Trump allies, have come to the United States to plot strategy with their NRA friends. Now it looks like they're actively undermining American democracy with Russian blood money. But the NRA’s new Russian friends aren’t the only people working in support of the deadly agenda pushed by the gun lobbyists. American companies are helping them too. Companies like FedEx, a member of the NRA’s Business Alliance, are helping the NRA and their Russian allies push guns into our communities, and to push people like Donald Trump into office. Those companies -- many of them major American brands -- should be ashamed. Join Guns Down in demanding that corporations with business ties to the NRA, starting with FedEx, end those relationships immediately. FedEx must divest from the NRA. Their association with the gun lobby and the dangerous ideas they spread was unacceptable from the start, but with news that the NRA may have illegally funneled foreign dollars into our elections in order to undermine our democratic process it is simply unconscionable for an American company like FedEx to maintain a relationship with them and their Russian allies. Demand that FedEx show respect for American democracy. Demand that they end their relationship with the NRA now.
Petition to Donald Trump, Robert Runcie, United States Congress, U.S. House of Representatives
Increase security in schools to prevent mass-shootings
I’m a high school student and I was terrified by footage of the Parkland school shooting I saw online. It was the seventh school shooting in our country since the beginning of the year. Insufficient school security is one reason why this keeps happening – that’s why I started a petition to change that. This time, a former student named Nikolas Cruz opened fire on his old classmates, murdering seventeen and injuring many others – and they never saw it coming. The shooting continued for an extended period of time before any police officer showed up to stop him. How could this have been stopped? I believe we need more federal funding directed to schools for security measures like recruiting more officers to be placed in our schools. We can prevent dangerous people from gaining access to our schools. We can add things like bulletproof windows and metal detectors. Basic safety measures make sense for schools everywhere. You can add your name to this petition to speak out and demand action. We’ve grown accustomed to a cycle where we mourn for a few weeks and post a social media status on how sad and tragic these events are. But what will we actually DO as Americans to stop this? We need to demand real change from our leaders so that these victims don’t become another hashtag and statistic – only to be forgotten until the next mass shooting event. Please sign this petition calling on our Congress to provide funds to support better security at our schools and protect students, like me.
Petition to Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, John Cornyn, Greg Abbott, National Rifle Association, Claire McCaskill, Roy Blunt
Stop active shooters at schools! An effective plan to mitigate risks in schools.
All of us are tired of seeing innocent victims being murdered senselessly in mass shooting events. Recently mass shootings have become more frequent and more devastating. Our partisan system is failing to create solutions which would be effective and easily agreed upon by both parties without going against their respective values. We have created a simple plan that would be effective in mitigating risk and/or deterring active shooters all together. We are not presenting this to you as laymen. We both are Army infantry veterans with tours in Iraq and Afghanistan respectively that have training in the military and professional world regarding combating active shooters. This plan can be done. If it is done right we can all sleep soundly at night knowing we are doing all we can to protect our children. We are all tired of endless arguments that have no results. By signing this petition you will be actively supporting a solution. First, hiring one vetted armed guard for each exit of the school (if too many exits 3-4 guards with any nonessential exits locked from the outside at all times). Each guard should not only have a good resume, but should be sent to an active shooter course in which they get practical application and tune up some of the muscle memory from previous experience. These guards should be paid at least 15 dollars an hour to ensure quality of work. Second, installing doors which can only be opened from the inside with a button pushing mechanism. These are fairly inexpensive and if you want to see a simple one, go to the Exit Room in Lee's Summit. Doors will be able to be opened from the outside, but only via a key held by either security or staff. So, with these two measures in place we can create a solid security plan that does not prisonize the school. We will start off with the opening of the school in the beginning of the day. There will be one entrance accessible, with a low profile guard (pistol belt only) watching the front door. There will be a set time for students to enter the school. If anyone is late they just have to call the security office and be let in by a security officer. Exiting the school will be the same procedure. During classroom hours: all students will be required to stay in the classroom which is locked from the inside unless they have to use the bathroom or have some other circumstance which a rational teacher would allow them to exit. When they need to be let back in the classroom, the teacher simply presses the button after a brief visual inspection of the student (nothing crazy just a normal look being sure that the student is not armed) through the door's window. With these in the place, the only time that a large number of students is vulnerable is during class change, when everyone is in the hallway. During this period of time, guards will take position at each of the exits (which will be locked) and ensure the safe change of classes. If a shooter is intelligent and bold enough to attack at this time he will swiftly eliminated with a heavily minimized casualty count. This would also require that the shooter already have his weapon in the building, which would be difficult to do. In a perfect world we would have a site supervisor or team leader who would man a monitor room. He or she would be able to monitor for suspicious activity, ensure guards are performing their duties as instructed, and coordinate a quick and safe response in the event of a shooter. We understand that this is an expensive plan, but it is less expensive and more effective than a gun ban or confiscation. The simple answer would be for states to receive federal grants which were specifically intended for this purpose to help subsidize the local taxpayers. Please help spread this by sharing on Facebook and/or forward this to any legislator you think will be able to help make this happen if you think this is a good idea. Remember, there are two things that can seriously reduce the effectiveness of an active shooter: response time of armed professionals and minimized access to potential victims.
Petition to Donald Trump, Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi, chuck schumer
TAKE ACTION ON GUN CONTROL NOW!!!!!!
The mass shootings and taking of innocent people and children must be stopped. Gun control is not a political issue it is a moral issue. Our politicians must get out of the pockets of the gun lobbyists and the NRA, and pass legislation tha will hinder and make the obtaining of fire arms as difficult as possible for criminals and dangerous people. We must expand background checks, ban semi automatic and automatic weapons. We need to close the gun show and third party loopholes. And finally we must bring back the law limiting the amount of rounds in magazines it is legal to have. These atrocities are only happening in American, this is not who we are. This is not normal. These atrocities have been so frequent that people are starting to accept them as normal. The normalization of such tragedies is frightening. Mass killings targeting children, the LGBTQ community, Muslims, and minorities is not normal and completely unacceptable. Congressional Republicans must come to their senses and do what is right to protect our children and our citizens, and not what is wanted by the gun lobby and NRA. The inaction is on their hands. Let us follow the lead of our young people and stand up and DEMAND ACTION NOW. Please sign to tell congress that it is time to act. or we will be coming for you in the midterms.
Petition to Congress
Increase School Security to
Stop Mass Murdering of Children
I'm tired of feeling like my children are waiting to draw the short end of the straw in a random school shooting. Enough is enough! While there is much to be done to prevent violence from escalating to the point of mass murder of children, it's not happening soon enough. I'm calling on Congress to introduce a bill that would fund increased security measures, intruder-proof infrastructures and surveillance/alarm technology in every school in America. Telling our children to duck under desks like fish in a barrel is not working. Funding should come from to-be-determined federal tax, of which 100% of funding should go directly to this cause. States should appoint security contractors to perform the necessary modifications for every school. Guns aren't going anywhere and, in the mean time, our children shouldn't be sitting ducks when a psycho decides to murder the most innocent people on the planet, while at their place of learning. This is something that both sides of the political aisle can get behind. Please join with me and let's spend our money on something that matters!