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 Aaron Bean, Dennis Baxley
Keep Our Communities Safe and Stop Those Charged With Murder From Receiving a Bond
My son, 20 years old was murdered 1/2/19. His was the 1st murder in Jacksonville, FL in 2019. To date, there have been 102 murders already this year! The one charged with my sons murder not only faces Murder 2 but two counts of attempted second degree murder and a charge of shooting at a moving vessel. He was just given the opportunity to bond out of jail! He originally had a 500,000 bond and it was reduced to 110,000 courtesy of Judge Maureen Horkan who also agreed to waive the monitoring fees for his ankle bracelet. There should be absolutely NO REASON why someone who is facing a murder charge, much less 3, should have the opportunity to be free at any point until the charges are resolved. There are too many times an accused is released on bond and they commit another offense. This puts our community at risk! At what point do we quit giving criminals so many rights and start protecting the law abiding citizens? I would say that time is now!!! Laws need to be changed to protect the innocent (those facing no charges) not those facing murder charges! It's time for much needed bond reform.
Petition to State Of California
Recall CA Governor Gavin Newsom
Governor Newsom has worked to strip essential liberties from California gun owners and has been tied to the corruption of figures like former State Senator Leland Yee and "Shrimp Boy" Chow. Please sign the petition to show support. http://recallnewsom.org/ https://www.facebook.com/Recall-Gavin-Newsom-1529605463998789/ https://www.gofundme.com/newsomrecall
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate
Comprehensive Gun Control
After all of the mass shootings the past few years, we have to do something. We must come up with ways to keep our children safe, our churches safe, and our communities safe. That's why we are calling on Congress to pass comprehensive gun control that includes universal background checks, a ban on bump stocks, and a ban on assault weapons from civilians. Yes, these measures might not prevent every tragedy but that doesn't mean we shouldn't keep trying until we finally eradicate this type of violence.
Petition to Gavin Newsom
California Schools Need Metal Detectors
Schools are among the places parents entrust their children to be safe and free from gun violence. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Schools have become hiding places for children trying to avoid armed and disgruntled classmates. It is not enough to say something when you see something. We need more protection for our loved ones. We need schools to adopt best practices and be proactive about our children's safety. Install metal detectors on every high school campus and require everyone to pass through them prior to entering the campus. We want our loved ones to be safe in the place where they spend the most time.
Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
Bulletproof Schools in the USA
I am Miles in Grade 11. I am from North Carolina in the United States. I have found that 187,000 students have come in contact with gun violence in schools since Columbine. I care deeply about this issue, too many innocent children our losing their lives to gun violence in our schools and nothing is being done to prevent this. I created this petition to make bulletproof doors and windows in all the schools in the United States of America. I know that making bulletproof schools will not make gun violence completely stop but I have created this to make it harder for these violent acts to happen. In the United States of America it is already to easy to own a gun, so why should you have it easy for violence to happen in our schools? WHY COMMIT #Bulletproof schools, safer schools, and better us. Please consider signing my petition to make a change for the better in our country.
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.
Petition to Department of Education, Department of Homeland Security, California State University, California State University Los Angeles, Dianne Feinstein, Kamala D. Harris, Gavin Newsom, Eric Garcetti
Demand CSULA to Provide Active Shooting Protocols and Updated Safety Measures
We are writing to you as a representation of the student and employee body at California State University, Los Angeles. We are demanding our local representatives, Cal State LA Administration, the Cal State LA Public Safety Advisory, and specifically the Department of Public Safety to provide direct, proper, and timely information, updates, procedures, and training in regards to any potential danger at Cal State LA that is a threat to the lives of its students, staff, and faculty. In the past eight days, Cal State LA has received three threats to the campus, two of which were identified as shooting threats, and one undisclosed graffiti threat. The first threat on October 29th was only made known to the student body approximately two hours after the initial threat was called in, with many students reporting they did not receive any texts alerts, emails, or information regarding the incident whatsoever. When the second threat took place on November 4th, students that were lucky were notified that there was an active threat to the library, but that the source was “unknown” and to “be alert”; somehow, the unknown threat was significant enough to caution students to be alert, but not to evacuate the library or even notify everyone of potential danger. A few hours later, Cal State LA sent out an email with information regarding the threat, but it was reported that many students did not receive this email as well. A briefing of the most recent threat on November 6th was sent out to students from approximately 7-8pm, describing a “future threat” found written in a campus bathroom. With no further details provided, we were assured that there was “no immediate threat” and that campus is “safe.” How the seriousness of a threat and subsequent “safety” of campus is determined is not information that is provided or accessible to students, staff, or faculty. The vague, untimely, and lack of alerts sent by the school have caused anxiety, mass hysteria, and rumors to circulate across campus. We all have questions and genuine concerns for our safety that are not being addressed. Amidst all of the confusion and uncertainty, one thing is clear: there has been a large display of carelessness on the part of Cal State LA and the Department of Public Safety that has directly put individuals’ lives as risk. We deserve to know when and what to do if there is a direct threat to our lives, in a climate where gun violence and mass shootings in schools are such common occurrences. At Cal State LA, we are calling for: Active shooter training for all University employees Active shooter procedures for all students and employees taught and posted visibly in every room Locks on all classroom and office doors in every building Doors that swing inside only One ‘active shooter drill’ every semester Updates to the text alert system that ensures every student and employee receives a notification at the exact time of administrative knowledge of a threat Live tweeting from a University twitter account (or through the GET app) during any potential/real threat providing all known information, and addressing rumors Transparency from administration in informing students and employees of the procedures for determining the viability of a threat Time is of the essence and these minimal requests are extremely reasonable and valid, especially at a time when gun violence and mass shootings are so prevalent in America. Many students do not feel safe and are extremely dissatisfied with the way this situation has been handled. Safety should be a top priority of the University and we deserve transparency and respect when our lives may be in danger. We demand our requests be addressed, implemented, and our voices heard as we are speaking in the best interest of all students, faculty, and staff at Cal State LA.