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gun violence prevention

39 petitions

Update posted 2 months ago

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
410,113 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to Lindsey Graham

Block Confirmation of Canterbury to ATF for Opposing Universal Background Checks

One of the key missions of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is to protect communities from "the illegal use and trafficking of firearms." So it is totally unacceptable that Chuck Canterbury, President Trump's nominee to lead the ATF, opposes all new federal gun regulations, including background checks for all gun sales. Background checks have stopped more than 3.5 million sales to convicted felons, domestic abusers, fugitives and other dangerous people. Universal background checks are supported by more than 95% of Americans, including Republicans and gun owners.  Please sign this petition demanding that Sen. Lindsey Graham, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, block Canterbury's confirmation as ATF Director.  Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Canterbury said that he does not "support any more restrictions than are currently in the law." In response to questioning by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Canterbury stated his opposition to expanding federal criminal background checks to all firearm sales and banning assault-style weapons. Clearly trying to dodge questions about his position on a whole range of federal gun regulations, Canterbury was accused by Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) of being "evasive." What's also clear is that the person who would be one of the most senior officials in the federal government responsible for ensuring that guns don't get into the wrong hands favors gun rights over public safety. In 2009, as president of the Fraternal Order of Police, Canterbury proclaimed, “I take a back seat to no one in my reverence for the Second Amendment."  Gun violence in America is a public health crisis. Nearly 40,000 people were killed by guns in 2017. The ATF needs a director that believes in common-sense federal gun regulation. The agency has lost its way, with senior officials in the agency taking direction from the NRA, and routinely overturning the recommendations of field agents to revoke licenses of federal gun dealers who break the law. Sen. Graham has the power to stop the appointment of a nominee who even Sen. Kennedy, no friend of gun control, said was "not qualified" to run the ATF.  Get Graham to use it.

CT Against Gun Violence
244 supporters
Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to Phil Weiser, Clifford Reidell

Accountability for shootings resulting in death in a residential home.

My friend was one of 4 teens that were drinking in the home. The home  The teens  had access to firearms. After passing around playing with it,  it went off, A child was accidentally killed  and the  parents need to be held accountable. If the parents had been doing their job checking in on their teenager, this terrible accident would not have happened. Tip toeing  around the family and not wanting to charge them because of their loss is unethical. Although they lost their child they should pay for their irresponsibility. It could have been any of the 4 kids shot... ALCOHAL TEENS AND FIREARMS DO NOT MIX  Let’s make a change. Parents who neglect to take care of their teenagers in their own home, need to be accountable for their actions. Hold Home Owner/renter Gun owner and or parents  accountable for tragic shootings resulting in death that happened in their own home.  Colorado Social Host Liability and Underage Drinking C.R.S 12-47-804 February 15, 2017It is something that has happened for generations. Kids and their friends sneak into their parents’ liquor cabinets and drink their alcohol. In some cases, some parents even provide alcohol for their kids and their kids’ friends. Many parents believe that as long as the kids are being responsible and staying in, it is better to have them drink at home with their friends than risk drinking and driving. However, issues arise when one of those kids decides to leave while intoxicated and injures him or herself or another person. In such cases, parents that provided alcoholic beverages to the minor that caused injury could be held civilly liable for damages related to the injury. The Social Host Liability Law Most people are familiar with the basic idea of a dram shop law. A dram shop law, which most states have, is a law that makes a business that sells alcoholic beverages to someone that is obviously intoxicated liable for damages that result from doing so. Colorado’s dram shop law, found in C.R.S. §12-47-801, not only covers business that sell alcohol but also includes provisions that cover social hosts. The applicable language of the statute from subsection 4(a) is: “No social host who furnishes any alcohol beverage is civilly liable to nay injured individual or his or her estate for any injury to such individual or damage to any property suffered, including action for wrongful death, because of the intoxication of any person due to the consumption of such alcohol beverages, except when it is proven that the social host knowingly served any alcohol beverage to such person who was under the age of twenty-one years or knowingly provided the person under the age of twenty-one a place to consume an alcohol beverage.” Other provisions within the statute require any civil suit filed under to be commenced within one year of an injury and limit damages to $150,000. Basically, this means that if you provide alcohol to a minor or provide minors a place in which to consume alcohol and one of the minor injures or kills another or damages the property of another while intoxicated from the consumption of alcohol, you can be held liable for injury to a third person or damages to property. Provisions within the law prohibit the estate of the minor that caused injury or damage from seeking any compensation from you, but the family or estate of a minor’s victim may do so. So, you can be held liable for damages resulting from a minor that receives a DUI after you have provided that minor with alcohol or a place to consume alcohol.   Under Colorado law, a social host may not be held liable for injuries caused by an adult who is 21 or older, even if the host continued to serve alcohol after the adult became visibly intoxicated. However, a social host may be held liable for injuries caused by a minor if the host knowingly served alcohol to the minor or knowingly provided a place for the minor to drink alcohol. Here's an example of Colorado's social host liability at work. Suppose that Hannah, the host, throws a pool party at which she serves beer. Among her guests are Adam, an adult friend from work, and Minnie, Adam's 15-year-old daughter. Although Adam drinks several beers and becomes visibly drunk, Hannah continues to give him drinks. During the party, Hannah sees Minnie raiding the beer cooler and then disappearing into the basement, but she says nothing. Later that night, Adam and Minnie are running across the pool deck when they bump into Pat. Pat falls down the deck stairs and is injured. In this situation, Pat cannot file a dram shop case against Hannah for the injuries Adam caused. Even though Adam was visibly drunk, he was also an adult, and social hosts cannot be held liable when they serve alcohol to adults who then cause injury. However, Pat may have a dram shop claim against Hannah for the injuries caused by Minnie, because Minnie is a minor and Hannah provided Minnie with alcohol and a place to consume it.  

Milissa Mercer
139 supporters