Topic

gun violence prevention

24 petitions

Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump, Charles Schumer

Tell Congress They Must No Longer Accept Contributions from the NRA!

After the tragic mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 15, 2018 that resulted in the deaths of 17 students and teachers and injuries to at least 17 more, it seems as though we have finally had enough of the out-of-control violence caused by people with access to AR-15s and other assault-type weapons. Despite what the NRA would like us to believe, guns do kill people! Students across the country are in fear for their lives. They are afraid to return to their schools, and are demanding major changes to our gun laws to protect them from more occurrences of the senseless violence. In support of that demand, plans are under way for a mass protest in which they will walk out from their classrooms and not return until laws are passed to ensure this never happens again. But change will never happen as long as the members of Congress are in the pocket of the NRA and the gun industry. In support of this effort to make our country a safer place for our children to grow up in, we propose the all 100 Senators and 435 Representatives sign a pledge to no longer accept donations, or funds of any kind, from the NRA or any gun manufacturer. Our lawmakers must be freed from the influence of these entities that put profit before people and actively conspire to maintain the gun culture that has allowed these unprecedented acts of violence to continue at an alarming rate. In 1996, after a man killed 35 people with a semi-automatic weapon in a popular tourist area of Port Arthur, in Tasmania, the people of Australia stood up and demanded that the their government ban rapid-fire guns to end these kinds of mass shootings. The government responded, and the proof that tougher gun laws are the solution is that there has not been one death from a mass shooting incident in Australia since the new laws were enacted. It CAN work here as well, but not as long as our elected representatives are beholden to the gun industry and their enforcers, the NRA. These are our children, the future of our country, and their voices must be heard. For America to survive and grow as a free nation, we must protect them, and ourselves, from the epidemic of deadly violence that has infected every part of our country. Let's tell our lawmakers in no uncertain terms that this must be the first step they have to take to actually protect the country and the people they took an oath to do.

Andrew Zweigel
7,284 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Mr. Thomas Lanier, Mr. Kurt Yancey, Mr. Michael Starner, Dr. John Kellog

Westerville City Schools March 14 and April 20 protests

We, the Students at Westerville City Schools, are going to participate in a 17 min walkout at 10:00 AM on March 14 and an organized national walkout on April 20, also, taking place at 10:00 AM. The students of Westerville City Schools are going to participate in the nationwide protests for gun reform and school safety on the above mentioned dates. March 14 will be the one month anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas H.S. shooting. We will commemorate the lives of the 17 victims by walking out of the school at 10:00 a.m. for 17 minutes. One minute for each life lost. April 20 is the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting. We will host a national walk-out followed by student speakers and, hopefully, leaders of our community. We will meet at a pre-determined location where we will give anyone a chance to speak if they so desire.  We, respectfully, request that the administration allow us the ability to peacefully protest without consequence.  We understand that these protests are disruptive to the staff and security of our schools, however, as citizens of the United States it is our right to peacefully protest any injustice that we feel affect our lives.  We hope that we will have the support of the administration.   If anyone wishes to help organize or wants to speak on April 20 then contact Liam Eadie of Westerville Central H.S. Liam's twitter: @stem_lem Sincerely, The Students of Westerville City Schools

Liam Eadie
572 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Donald Trump, National Rifle Association, President of the United States, Department of Homeland Security

A REAL Solution for Firearm Safety

We must implement a federal system to help safe guard firearms purchasing and ownership. I propose a three part system. Part I. Upon inquiry of purchasing any type of firearm the prospect must go through a criminal background check at time of purchase and a pre-scheduled and approved psychological evaluation by a creditable AMA Psychiatrist. Part I Rational: Criminal background checks are imperative to screening the possible use of the firearm for criminal activity. The psychological evaluation will help the owner understand why they want to own a firearm and will screen any possible criminal or violent behavioral motives including identifying self-inflicting motives.  Part II. In order to own a firearm and prior to the purchase of a firearm the firearm owner must attend and pass a federally designed one-time initial basic gun ownership, firearm law and safety class. Changes in the law will be sent by correspondence via mail or email to firearm owner. Part II Rational: Every firearm owner should know how to properly store and operate a firearm prior to purchase. The owner should also know the current federal and state laws regarding firearm ownership and the possible repercussions to its use. Part III. All current and new firearms must be registered with the federal government, a copy of the registration sent to the state government for records. Included is a mandate that all registered gun owners will be held liable for any criminal activity conducted with said firearm, across all state lines, regardless of whether the crime was made by the owner or not. Example; if someone steals your registered firearm and commits a crime, the registered owner is responsible for the crime as if they committed the act. The firearm owner will have twenty four hours to report a stolen firearm to the proper authorities or risk prosecution.    Part III Rational: This will help insure that firearm owners will safely possess and contain the firearms until the time of its proper use. By keeping the firearm safely stored, it will prevent non authorized users from using the firearm or easily stealing and redistributing to a user not otherwise able to purchase or own a firearm. Currently there are no safety measures on private sales of firearms. One legitimate person could make many private sales to criminals and/or mentally unstable people with no repercussions under the current federal law and many state laws. With this system every firearm will be accounted for by means of registration and be kept safe and out of criminal hands. When an owner (private or licensed vendor) wants to sell a firearm, they must send in a report showing that the firearm is no longer in their position and who the firearm was sold to as well as providing all the proper paperwork required for the sale. The purchaser must provide documentation to the seller and registration that a criminal background check was conducted and approved on the day of purchase as well as the psychological evaluation was conducted and approved within thirty days of purchase to accompany the registration. The federal government will then verify the information and keep on record. This will prevent any legitimate purchaser from selling a firearm or many firearms privately to a person or many people who could not otherwise purchase a firearm from a licensed vendor. Conclusion: By implementing this three part system it will ensure that people are properly screened for approval of owner ship of a firearm. It will make sure that the owners know the laws as well as understanding responsible ownership and proper use of the firearm and that they will be held responsible for any misconduct made from the use of the registered firearm. This will incentivize the gun owners to properly store, register and keep the firearm out the hands of unauthorized persons.

We the People of the United States
69 supporters