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gun violence prevention

29 petitions

Started 16 hours ago

Petition to Superintendent Charles P. Littlefield, Phil Denbow, Kara Salvas, Lindsey Laliberte, James Sullivan, Adam Gianunzio, Gregory Martakos, Allan Whatley

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 Superintendent Charles P. Littlefield work with the Hooksett School Board Chairman Phil Denbow, Vice Chairman Kara Salvas, Clerk Lindsay Laliberty, members James Sullivan, Gregory Martakos, Adam Gianunzio and Allan Whatley together take the following two actions at the Hooksett schools, specifically David R. Cawley Middle School, Hooksett Memorial School and Fred C. Underhill School.  The first is to install permanent, armed school resource officers at each of the schools to immediately confront any armed intruder.  The second is to install metal detectors at each of the school main entrances where visitors enter the building.  This petition serves as a notice to Superintendent Charles P. Littlefield and the Hooksett School Board members listed before.  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.

John Lyscars
10 supporters
Update posted 6 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
8,010 supporters
Started 1 week ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

Effective Gun Laws Eliminating Unauthorized Access To Firearms: Proposal To U.S. Congres

School shootings are almost becoming a new accepted state of affairs in our country because no effective laws are in place or being proposed to stop it.   Below is a proposal that should be put into a bill by our U.S. House of Representatives and submitted for a vote, further below which is the rationale and policy-reasoning behind these proposals: ----------------------------------------------- 1) Mandatory psychological testing (in addition to criminal background checks)- for all persons applying for anything more than a single barrel pump shotgun that loads up to 4 shells.- Your testing result determines the type of gun(s), if any, you could have access to. Passing the criminal background check and this psychological testing can grant access to the standard array of non-mass-casualty-causing rifles and handguns. Passing a higher psychological test result or more stringent test would be required for semi-automatic weapons. An even more stringent FBI-regulated test and background check would be required for anything full-auto. - Standard psychological test results expire every 5 to 10 years, requiring re-testing.  2) Mandatory life in prison for any gun broker who knowingly facilitates a gun sale without ensuring that an up-to-date psych and criminal check has been done on a potential buyer. 3) Mandatory registration with local law enforcement of any private gun sale, mainly to enable law enforcement to ensure that an up-to-date psych and criminal check has been done on a potential buyer. 4) Reckless homicide charge against any person who privately sells a gun to another person without complying with mandatory registration of that sale with local law enforcement, where that gun has been used to unlawfully kill another person, carrying a minimum sentence of 10 years (max of 25 years) per each person killed. 5) Reckless endangerment charge against any person who privately sells a gun to another person without complying with mandatory registration of that sale with local law enforcement, even where that gun has not been used in a crime, carrying a minimum sentence of 4 years (max of 25 years - a lot of discretion depending on the circumstances) per each gun sold.  6) Mandatory gun storage laws- guns must be kept locked within an ATF-approved gun storage unit to which the gun owner has sole access, except when such gun is removed by the owner and kept within the owner's reach and control at all times 7) Reckless homicide charge against any person who does not comply with the mandatory gun storage laws, where that owner's gun has been used to unlawfully kill another person as a result, carrying a minimum sentence of 7 years (max of 20 years) per each person killed. 8) Reckless endangerment charge against any person who does not comply with the mandatory gun storage laws, even where no gun from that owner has been used in a crime, carrying a minimum sentence of 6 months (max of 20 years) per each gun not properly secured. ----------------------------------------------- The two-fold problem of mass shootings stems from people with mental health issues obtaining firearms. The above proposals can completely eliminate school shootings by vetting who has access to certain weapons and eliminating the possibility of unauthorized access. Any bill passed into law by Congress is subject to being challenged on constitutional grounds, and if challenged, runs the risk of being struck down.  This proposal will not be defeated such a challenge, as it can not rationally be argued to infringe or restrict any constitutional rights.  Both Second Amendment rights and the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness stated in our Declaration of Independence need to be reconciled and balanced evenly, because the Second Amendment currently is outweighing our children's right to life and their pursuit of happiness. The above solution would effectively satisfy both rights. Mass shooters are not following the laws because mentally disturbed individuals committed to using guns for crimes are not going to be deterred by laws, especially if they are on a suicide mission like a mass shooting. Laws that create a system that prevents the mentally ill or unauthorized individuals from obtaining and using firearms could likely eliminate mass shootings as it would put a complete stop on those people from getting their hands on guns in the first place. Such requirements are even less restrictive than those imposed on our nation's military, who defend this nation, as their weapons are kept in an armory similar to a bank vault to which they do not have personal access. Reverse engineer the problem. You have psychologically challenged people getting their hands on guns. How? Two main sources are private sales, and having access to them from someone else in their household. Another source is that they can just go out and buy them from a gun store.  A mentally ill individual should not have access to this type of weapon, as our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is entirely compromised and at risk by them doing so.  Statistically (as we see more frequently in the news), when guns are allowed to be kept unsecured in a household, eventually somebody with a mental disorder in some household somewhere is going to get their hands on it.  We read after the fact how their family never knew or suspected that the shooter had a mental disorder.  Mental health diagnoses should be left to professional testing, not our loved ones' gut feelings.  And because of the bias that a loved one has for their family member and the refusal to acknowledge a mental health issue in hopes that it doesn't really exist, unless laws are in place requiring safe storage, guns will continue to be accessible to potentially dangerous individuals.  We need to eliminate the risk of mass shootings at its roots, before the shooting happens.  Please sign and share this petition so that we can submit it to our legislature in hopes for some real common sense and effective gun laws to finally take effect.  

Nicholas Dell'Anno
50 supporters