gun violence prevention
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)
Petition to Gary C. Peters, Debbie Stabenow
Ban semi-automatic weapons
Due to the almost daily occurrences of school and workplace violence we need to try to make the attacks less lethal. One way to do this is to ban semi-automatic weapons. There is no reason the average person needs these weapons. Hunters can do just fine with single shot weapons. It would be possible for gunsmiths to change a semi-automatic weapon to a non semi-automatic weapon. Conversion of existing weapons, and trade-ins could be completed in a set amount of time. If a person felt they truly needed one, or they were gun collectors they could be licensed like fully automatic weapon owners are today. Semi automatic weapons would still be available for police officers, and this ban would not impact the military. If an assailant had do do more work between shots, that would give people more time to escape, more time for the police or security to arrive, and a chance to disable the attacker between shots. We already banned machine guns, and there were no 2nd amendment issues. a semi automatic would not violate the constitution.
Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Paul D. Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump, Charles E. 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.
Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Randy Hultgren, Tammy Duckworth, Richard J. Durbin, Donald Trump
Reinstate the Obama era measure that made it harder for the mentally ill to own guns
In February 2017, Congress rolled back an Obama era regulation that made it more difficult for guns to get into the hands of the mentally ill. This regulation ordered the Social Security Administration to give the list of people that were deemed too severely mentally ill to handle their own disability benefits to the FBI. From then on, the FBI would use this list in background checks to prohibit the people on the list from owning guns. I am petitioning US Representative Randy Hultgren, and US Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth and President Donald Trump to reinstate this regulation at the federal level in order to prevent guns from getting into the hands of the mentally unfit to prevent more tragedies like the one recently experienced in Parkland, Florida. We must tell our federal leaders that because this regulation is no longer in effect, it is more likely that tragedies like the one in Parkland, Florida will be happen again. Please sign this petition to assist in the effort to keep the mentally ill from acquiring weaponry. The link for the source of the information in this petition is https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/2/15/17016036/trump-guns-mental-illness
Petition to Julia Brownley, Kamala D. Harris, DIane Feinstein
Guns - require training and require social connection. Isolation is disqualification.
What is lacking in the gun control debate is new ideas that can help effectively bring an end to these horrific acts. Instead we argue in circles about the same ideas that have been discussed for decades. I believe I have a new idea that both has a real chance to put a stop to these murderous acts while at the same time being more palatable to the gun lobby. I need your help in spreading the idea, and then ultimately making it a reality. BACKGROUND The idea takes inspiration from another industry where there can be significant risk, albeit more individualized, and where this risk has been quietly and effectively addressed with minimal contention or fanfare - the SCUBA industry. Recreational SCUBA diving has the potential to be dangerous to an untrained individual. As a result, the industry has established a set of certifying organizations that offer training. Individuals take a certification class and then, upon passing a proficiency test, are given a certification card. There are a whole series of potential cards first covering basic skills and then covering a variety of specialties. Earning more certifications has become a desirable achievement, the higher certifications almost like trophies among participants. The highest certifications are instructor certifications, allowing an individual to then teach these classes and administer tests, thereby making this a broad, decentralized system. Virtually no dive shop, dive excursion company, or resort worldwide will permit anyone to participate in dive activities without being able to show a certification card. This is not due to any laws. I will give some credit and say it is in part due to concern for the safety of a fellow human, but certainly it is also in part due to a concern for liability. No shop wants to be the shop who got an untrained diver killed through lax enforcement. Similarly, at the certification level, no SCUBA organization wants to be the one that issued a certification to someone who later proved they were unqualified by being injured or killed. Everyone is motivated to make sure the system works - and it does. APPLICATION So, then, I believe this model can serve as an excellent model for a safer gun culture. The second amendment states clearly that its motivation is to enable a “well regulated militia”, so this is what I propose. We should enable the formation of independent (non-government, but government regulated) militia organizations. These organizations would be the analogue of SCUBA certification organizations. They will offer training to members and issue certification cards. These cards should recognize proficiency in a variety of specialties, to build a similar desirability as the advanced SCUBA certifications. Similar to SCUBA, those certifications would lead up to instructor-level certification. Gun dealerships, gun stores, gun shows, and - importantly - all ammunition sales, will be encouraged to require proof of certification before selling the item. Basic rifles would require a basic certification, while more sophisticated or dangerous gear would require more advanced certification. Dealers and militias would have a legally required level of documentation, keeping records of certifications and of which certifications are used as proof in a sale. Ideally, sales records, not just of guns but ammo also, would be transmitted back to the militia in question and kept on record. There’s always been a concern among second amendment enthusiasts about having such records on file with the government. That’s why the decentralized model the SCUBA industry uses is helpful. These would not be government records. They would be spread over some number of independent local militias. Only if a militia member commits a crime would the government have access, and to only that one militia’s records. If such certification cards are available, I think that responsible gun and ammo dealers would be strongly motivated to check the cards, certainly if this check is required by law. The militias would be motivated to watch for unstable individuals among their members. No one would want to be the weak link that allowed a mass shooting to occur. At the very least, if there is a militia with bad intentions, it becomes a focal point for law enforcement, rather than having to watch evenly across the entire, broad population. GOAL The goal here is not to prevent any gun owner from participating in any legal activity they would otherwise partake in. They simply need the certification card. The intent is that these certifications would be readily available from a variety of sources, and would not present a substantial obstacle to a law-abiding citizen. If someone does not like or do not trust existing militias, they are quite welcome to form their own - although, there being no right to an unregulated militia, their militia would need to satisfy the same records and regulatory requirements as the others. The primary goal is very simple - to bring a requirement for social connection to gun activities. Don’t try to eliminate guns, eliminate the lone gunman. Certification cards should have limited life span, requiring militia members to come back to their organization for renewals. It’s important to also control access to ammo, because a gun, once obtained, lasts a long time, but ammo must be replenished. That provides recurring opportunities for human contact. Adding this social element to gun ownership would not be an undue hardship on any gun owners I know. Most are social already, hunting or visiting the target range with friends and family. Most would be quite alert if a militia or club they were part of had a member who was acting strangely. I think this idea can have a much more positive effect than a ban on a particular weapon, or than detached government regulations (if for no other reason, then at least because it’s a new idea with no entrenched opposition as of yet, and it tries to avoid trigger points of gun control opponents.) I also believe that the decentralized, more community-oriented organizations would be more able to tune specifics to the local environment, and would be more able to make reasonable judgements about the mental health and stability of certification candidates, as compared to a large central government bureaucracy. Furthermore, this creates a number of entrepreneurial opportunities. SCUBA certification organizations are private, for-profit businesses. Training classes and certifications earn a reasonable profit. The NRA could be quite active in helping to enable these militia organizations (although I believe the NRA is too large and centralized to effectively achieve the local involvement this plan intends if it directly acts as a militia itself.) I believe this entrepreneurial angle can help to incentivize agreement with the proposal. If this system works as I believe it can, not only would it become much more difficult for a lone shooter to obtain the weapons and ammunition to perform their horrific act, it would become much more likely that a mentally disturbed person would be identified and would find help long before they reach that point. They would have to spend time with someone - a trained instructor who knows what to look for - or they would not be able to arm themselves. I admittedly cannot guarantee it will prevent all of these heinous crimes, but I believe it can prevent many, and therefore represents a major step forward - one that can pass a Republican congress and is therefore achievable. This I believe is completely in keeping with the spirit of the second amendment - a right to bear arms associated directly with a well regulated militia. AN ILLUSTRATION To illustrate how this idea would work in practice, let’s say “Eric” would like to obtain an AR-15 rifle. Eric would need to find a certified AR-15 instructor he can get training from. That instructor would need to be selected from a group of individuals certified by any one of the regulated militia organizations. Eric might first have to attend some basic level training and get a gun safety certification as a prerequisite to his AR-15 training. Then he would attend AR-15 training. Once Eric completes the training, there would be a proficiency test he would need to pass. If he passes the test, and the instructor thinks he is qualified (and doesn't raise concerns about Eric’s mental health and stability) then Eric get his certification card. In some sense, this certification process serves as a "way ahead of time" background check, in contrast to the "just in time" background check we try to enforce now, which only begins once the purchase is attempted and must therefore be quick and cursory. Now that Eric has a certification card, he can go to a store or go to a gun show, and a vendor would be willing to sell him an AR-15 after seeing his certification. That vendor would also report the sale back to the militia that issued Eric’s certification, which would serve as a check on the validity of Eric’s certification card. The militia would record the sale. There would be a similar checks and record-keeping when Eric buys magazines or ammunition. If Eric started amassing large amounts, his certifying militia would have visibility of that and would have the ability to notice it. SAFETY BIAS Assume all of these checks are passed, then you still end up with a guy with a gun. The hope, and the premise of the idea, is that if Eric has bad intentions, somewhere along the way someone on the militia side will think, "wait a minute, this seems bad.” Instead of having to act on that feeling or Eric gets his gun, the default action is the reverse. If they choose not to act and not to certify Eric, then he will not be able to obtain weapons or ammunition. This puts the bias in the safer direction. I envision that these militias are on the small side, numerous, and pretty local. So when a check occurs, it’s not someone saying, "member #9959591 is buying a lot of stuff." It's someone saying, "What's Eric up to? I think I'll check on him.” SUMMARY I believe this idea, though it isn’t a perfect solution, if implemented would have a substantial benefit and would prevent many horrible crimes. Furthermore, I believe it’s an idea that most advocates for the second amendment can agree with and get behind. That gives it a fighting chance to become law. Perhaps you don't like my idea. If not, that's OK, I don't pretend to have all the answers. I'm not offended if you disagree. However if you do like this idea, then please help spread the word. Find a way to help bring it to reality. I need your help. "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." - 2nd Amendment
Petition to Dianne Feinstein
Ban on Firearms Posession For Those Diagnosed With Any Mental Illness!
The United States advocates freedom, but freedom is not a place where one lives in fear! Going to school, practicing your religion, a concert, or any activity , should be without fear of harm, and a right for all U.S. citizens! There is a clear correlation between mental illness and gun violence, and for that reason, we need to take action now! Ban all rights to ownership or possession for all people that have been diagnosed with any mental illness, i.e. PTSD, depression etc, and/or those taking any psychological medications. No guns or permits should be sold to this group, and any guns in their possession should be confiscated immediately!!!
Petition to Department of Education, Department of Justice, U.S. Senate, Donald J. Trump
Place Metal Detectors in Schools
Summary: Our children are dying in our schools due to gun violence. There is a NEED for metal detectors in every school. Personal story: I represent all concerned parents and citizens who DEMAND change now.The issue: Our children should not have to fear going to school. Our children should not be witnesses or victims of gun violence. Parents should not have anxiety about sending our children to school. Parents should not have to worry about their childrens safety.Take action! Our children's lives, mental health and overall well being are at stake here. It costs approximately $5000 to place one metal detector in each school. Together we can make it happen.
Petition to Superintendent Charles P. Littlefield, James Sullivan, Marge Polak, Matthew Benson, Stephen Harrises, Benjamin Loi, Janet Bouchard, Dean Shankle
Protect Hooksett Children and School Employees From Armed Intruders
Every day there are more and more accounts across the United States about armed intruders killing or wounding students or staff members at American schools, not to mention the psychological harm these intruders inflict upon their victims. There are many theories as to why there are so many school shootings ranging from increased gun violence, mental health issues, broken homes, isolation and bullying at school and the list goes on and on. What we do know is that there are means available today to protect the children. There is no nation wide solution to this problem, however we can prevent armed intruders from causing harm to the children of Hooksett and this petition is to request that the Hooksett School District along with the Town of Hooksett take the following action at the Hooksett schools, specifically David R. Cawley Middle School, Hooksett Memorial School and Fred C. Underhill School. Install permanent, part-time, armed school resource officers at each of the schools to immediately confront any armed intruder. Together, we can make Hooksett children, staff and visitors safe within our school buildings and prevent another tragedy like Sandy Hook Elementary, Stoneman Douglas High School and Columbine High School for examples.