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gun violence

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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
264,561 supporters
Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to Charlie Baker, Governor of Massachusetts

Regulate and restrict the purchase of ammunition in Massachusetts

As of 2016, the United States has fallen victim to 31% of the world’s mass shooters, despite only hosting 5% of the world’s population. In recent events, this horrifying percentage has undoubtedly risen. Gun violence in America has come to be something perpetual. Children grow up seeing flags at half mast every other day. Students are taking moments of silence much too often. Tragedy hits in blows disproportionate to the rest of the modern world. Our constitution makes us entitled to own firearms, and it is understandable how we as a country would ideally like to follow its principles. However, these shootings have proven beyond any stretch of doubt that the limits of this privilege need to be altered, no matter how difficult that may be. Our proposal is not to ban the usage of firearms, as past events have shown us that contradicting the second amendment will likely not work. However, restricting and further regulating access to ammunition would help prevent people from acquiring the resources to commit mass shootings. It is a route that strays from the usual solution to these problems, but it seems like a compromise to people who insist on owning guns.  As Massachusetts Governor, we ask that you pioneer this change. Hopefully, your actions in Massachusetts can elucidate a peaceful path to safety and security for other states, and even prevent attacks like the most recent shooting in Las Vegas. Thank you very much, and it is our hope that you will consider this proposal. 

Abby Chase
77 supporters