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gun violence

187 petitions

Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Vermont Governor, Patrick J. Leahy, Elizabeth Warren, Marco Rubio, Mitch McConnell, Florida State Senate, Charles E. Schumer, John McCain, Dianne Feinstein, Bill Nelson, Harry Reid, Tim Kaine, Al Franken, Orrin G. Hatch, Amy Klobuchar, Chris Murphy, Chuck Grassley, John Cornyn, Dean Heller, Bill Cassidy, Shelley Moore Capito, Lisa Murkowski, Susan M. Collins, Joni Ernst, Richard Blumenthal, Tom Udall, Debbie Stabenow, Heidi Heitkamp, Tammy Baldwin, Sherrod Brown, Doug Jones, Angus S. King Jr., Nancy Pelosi, Joseph P. Kennedy III, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Daniel Webster, Patrick Murphy, Rick Scott, Ron DeSantis, Kathy Castor, Florida State House, Alcee L. Hastings, Ted S. Yoho, Joe Donnelly, Cory A. Booker

school lockdown security alarms in all public schools in America

 We want standardized lockdown alarms throughout all public schools in this country. We want pull alarms with a specific sound, and specific lights, in every hallway and classroom. This system, although a last response, would give students and educators a faster response and would reduce confusion at a time when knowledge of surroundings and fast responses are most critical to survival. For a nation that has seen so much violence in the past 20 years, we have to do better. Cost does not matter when it comes to the safety of our children and their right to live safe, free and happy lives. Let's build safer schools. We believe it starts with standardized lockdown alarm systems in all public schools.  Just as we did with fire alarms, we need to create the infrastructure and standards necessary for school safety in the event of a lockdown. As an educator who works in public schools, I believe that it is mandatory that we increase the level of safety in all our schools. PLEASE sign this petition and support this cause. We demand lockdown alarms and safer schools.

Mike Thomas
606 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

Let the CDC Conduct Research on Gun Violence: End the Dickey Amendment

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has not been able to do any research on gun violence in America since the Dickey Amendment was inserted into the federal spending bill in 1996. The amendment states that “none of the funds made available for injury prevention and control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) may be used to advocate or promote gun control.” In the same spending bill Congress moved the $2.6 million from the CDC's budget that was used to study gun violence into other areas. While the Dickey Amendment does not completely prohibit gun violence research, its removal of all CDC funding has created a strong deterrent against researching gun violence at all. Beyond the lack of funding, prospective researchers have faced literal death threats while pursuing research into gun violence. Our representatives in Congress refuse to have any real debates about gun use in America because they state that there is just not enough research into the matter. The only way to fix this problem is to have Congress repeal the Dickey Amendment and to put funding back into the research of firearms and gun related deaths. Only then will we have enough research to figure out why mass shootings, and the deadly use of firearms in general, is so common in America. Even the original writer of the amendment, former Rep. Jay Dickey of Arkansas, whom it is named after now regrets the limitations it has created in conducting research into the matter. He simply didn't want to “let any of those dollars go to gun control advocacy.” The problem is that the amendment stopped all research on gun violence and because of that we are lacking a lot of key information that could help not only Congress, but the American public, understand why this violence keeps happening. Even the American Medical Association has called gun violence a “public health crisis” so it should receive the same amount of funding and research as any other health crisis so we find the underlying problem. Examining the impact of firearms from a public health perspective is not an argument for or against anything. It is simply a means by which arguments can, and should, be informed. It is about gaining knowledge so we can have a better understanding of how to help the American people. Please sign this petition and let our representatives in Congress know that we wish to repeal the Dickey Amendment and to put funding back into the research of gun violence in America.  *Please also contact your local representative and let them know that you wish to have the Dickey Amendment repealed: https://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

Kaley Fawcett
14,403 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

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

National High School Walk-Out for Anti Gun Violence

We are the students, we are the victims, we are change, fight gun violence now! High School students across the U.S.A, the way to fight back is here. There has been too much complacency on the part of politicians when it comes to gun violence. The time to act is now! Public school shootings affect communities and especially teenagers. On February, 14th a High School shooting in Parkland, Florida occurred, killing 17 people. Still,  POTUS has not addressed any form of gun legislation. The majority of teenagers have no right to vote, leaving our voice unheard. The government does not hear or care how these tragedies affect our lives.  Seven children and teens are killed with guns in the U.S. on an average day (https://everytownresearch.org). The violence of guns is being performed in our schools and our communities. Not the Senate floor. As the future of America, it is time for teenagers to speak their minds and put their frustration into action. The Plan: On Friday, April 20th, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting I propose a National High School student walk out. Walk out of school, wear orange and protest online and in your communities. Sign the petition if you pledge to do so. Nothing has changed since Columbine, let us start a movement that lets the government know the time for change is now. #nationalschoolwalkout 

Lane Murdock
271,892 supporters