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gun violence prevention

40 petitions

Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Hart District, SCV Sheriff's Department

More Deputies On Hand At Hart District Schools, As Well As Mental Health Resources

As most of us know, today, November 14, 2019, before school started, Saugus High School of the William S. Hart Union School district experienced a tragic shooting, which has left two students dead and others injured. As a community, Santa Clarita should come together to mourn the lives lost in this tragedy, and the countless others that have been affected. We should also come together to create change, to prevent such a tragic event from ever happening again. With this petition, hopefully a step can be taken to help prevent another such shooting. Currently, at each of the Hart District Schools, we don't have a single armed sheriff deputy on hand at all times, in case of a school shooter situation. Each deputy is assigned to several high schools and junior high schools. It is impossible for each school at the moment to have an armed security guard at hand throughout the school day to help contain such a situation like the one that unfortunately occurred at Saugus today. This petition proposes that the Hart District increases the number of armed Deputies that are staffed to protect students. With an increase in the available armed deputies, hopefully there can be at least one on each campus in the Hart District at all times, which can hopefully help to prevent such a tragedy from happening again. Another problem faced by Hart District students currently is a lack of mental health resources. Currently, only Valencia High School has trained mental health professional available to assist students, but only part time. Mental health problems are a big factor in such events as the shooting that occurred today, but there is a lack of resources available at our schools currently for students to turn to for help. Currently, only school counselors are available for students to turn too, but even then, they are not professionally trained specifically to help kids with any problems with regards to mental health. This petition proposes that the Hart District hires trained mental health professionals, whether it be therapists or counselors or other such specialists, to be available full time on all campuses for students to turn to for assistance with any mental health problems they may be suffering. With the availability of mental health specialists, problems with students' mental health can hopefully be reduced which can in turn hopefully reduce the chances of another such event as the one today.  While this is just a petition, this will hopefully be a step in the right direction, to help prevent another tragedy from occurring on our school campuses. These proposals will not solve our problem, but hopefully it will help and spark the necessary change to make our campuses safer. Condolences are out and prayers are up for all affected by this tragic event.  #saugusstrong  

Ayden Zhuang
24,744 supporters
Update posted 4 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
410,548 supporters
Started 4 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
246 supporters