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

Put a stop to unstable gun holders—not the guns themselves

For now, let’s focus on stopping the criminals, not the weapons. Let’s face it: when it comes to gun control, people tend to have a strong opinion on it.  With no side willing to give in, nothing is being done about the continuingly increasing mass shootings here in the U.S.  So why don’t we attack this issue in a different way?   I was recently informed that the number of guns in the U.S. is about the same as the number of people (despite this, only about 1 in 3 households actually possess one as of research found in 2015).  With so many guns already in the U.S.—and the more in the making to fit the increasing demand—it’s unreasonable to completely ban guns. Besides, banning guns doesn’t mean getting rid of them.  Not only will it cause a riot, but the vast amount of guns already existing will be hard to retrieve and could remain in circulation for the next 300 years alone.  On the other hand, NOT banning them doesn’t prove to be the best idea either, according to the many recent mass shootings.   But there’s a solution. Instead of following the unending path of whether we should ban guns or not, we should focus more on the bearers of the guns themselves.  There’s a trend with most of the recent mass shootings—all of them had warning signs of some sort.  The Texas shooter showed signs of instability, yet no report of some sort was filed to keep him from obtaining a gun.  Other shooters all showed signs of instability which friends and family took notice to—one’s parents took the car batteries out of his car every night for this reason—but no one spoke out. So instead of questioning the law, how about we question the mental health of people before they can obtain such devastating weapons, then offer some some sort of reform or therapy to fix the problem?  I don’t think I’m the only one in the U.S. that cares about this matter, especially because it concerns the safety of my family, peers, and myself. For now, let’s focus on stopping the criminals, not the weapons.

Sophie Kadan
433 supporters
Started 3 weeks ago

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

@StateDept: Stop Licensing Gun Sales to Mexican Military and Police

Dear Secretary of State Tillerson,The State Department should suspend licenses to ship firearms to Mexican military and police until the U.S. can ensure they do not go to forces that collude with organized crime or violate human rights. Gun homicides in Mexico this year are the highest on record. Yet: • U.S. legal gun exports to the Mexican military, which distributes guns to state and local police, are nearly ten times what they were in 2001-2004; • the State Department licensed $266 million worth of gun sales by the U.S. gun producer Sig Sauer to the Mexican military; and • the Mexican Army sells guns to police with no verifiable mechanisms to track U.S. firearm shipments. As a result, U.S. companies have exported assault weapons to police that violate human rights and collude with organized crime, including police who attacked and disappeared 43 students from Ayotzinapa. The two major earthquakes that shook Mexico in September caused billions of dollars in damages to homes, businesses, and infrastructure. Two hundred fifty thousand Mexicans lost their homes. U.S.-Mexico trade should benefit the majority of people in both countries, not arm forces that are destroying families and causing them to flee in search of refuge. The United States must stop weapons exports to end users in the Mexican military and police for whom there is documentation of collusion with organized crime or commission of gross human rights violations, until they have been brought to justice.

Just Foreign Policy
7,155 supporters
Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to Alma Adams, Robert Aderholt, Peter Aguilar, Lamar Alexander, Rick Allen, Justin Amash, Mark Amodei, Jodey Arrington, brian babin, Don Bacon, Tammy Baldwin, Jim Banks, Lou Barletta, Andy Barr, Nanette Barragan, John Barrasso, Joe Barton, Karen Bass, Joyce Beatty, Xavier Becerra, Michael Bennet, Ami Bera, John Bergman, Don Beyer, Andy Biggs, Gus Bilirakis, Michael Bishop, Rob Bishop, Sanford Bishop, Diane Black, Marsha Blackburn, Rodney Blum, Earl Blumenauer, Richard Blumenthal, Lisa Blunt Rochester, Roy Blunt, Suzanne Bonamici, Cory Booker, John Boozman, Madeleine Bordallo, Mike Bost, Brendan Boyle, Robert Brady, Kevin Brady, Dave Brat, Jim Bridenstine, Mo Brooks, Susan Brooks, Anthony Brown, Sherrod Brown, Julia Brownley, Vern Buchanan, Kenneth Buck, Larry Bucshon, Ted Budd, Michael Burgess, Richard Burr, Cheri Bustos, G.K. Butterfield, Bradley Byrne, Ken Calvert, Maria Cantwell, Shelley Capito, Michael Capuano, Salud Carbajal, Tony Cardenas, Ben Cardin, Tom Carper, Andre Carson, John Carter, Matthew Cartwright, Robert Casey, Bill Cassidy, Kathy Castor, Joaquin Castro, Steve Chabot, Jason Chaffetz, Liz Cheney, Judy Chu, David Cicilline, Katherine Clark, Yvette Clarke, Lacy Clay, Emanuel Cleaver, James Clyburn, Thad Cochran, Mike Coffman, Steve Cohen, Tom Cole, Chris Collins, Doug Collins, Susan Collins, James Comer, Barbara Comstock, Mike Conaway, Gerry Connolly, John Conyers, Paul Cook, Christopher Coons, Jim Cooper, Bob Corker, John Cornyn, Lou Correa, Catherine Cortez Masto, Jim Costa, Ryan Costello, Tom Cotton, Joe Courtney, Kevin Cramer, Mike Crapo, Rick Crawford, Charles Crist, Joseph Crowley, Ted Cruz

End Gun Violence in America Now

If you abhor gun violence, sign this petition.  If you are disgusted by the more than 12,000 deaths each year in this country due to guns, sign this petition.  If you are sick and tired of the everyday senseless murder of children and students, parents and grandparents, sons and daughters, innocents, Americans, sign this petition. If you value human life, sign this petition and let us send the members of the house and senate the following message:    Dear Representatives of the People, Contrary to presidential opinion, this is the time for politics. We have reached a point of critical mass in this country where every week we are inundated with the latest mass murder, followed by nothing but hollow platitudes and flags at half staff. These massacres have become such common place that we are desensitized to their true horror, and cowed by the blasé attitudes that our elected officials have shown towards the tremendous loss of life here on our home soil.  We, the undersigned, are tired of seeing stories of mass murder on the news. We, the undersigned, do not believe the lame insinuations that these are the results of untreated mental health issues. We, the undersigned, are unmoved by weak bills and measures regarding silencers, specific gun models, and clip size. We, the undersigned, recognize that our elected officials have failed to protect American lives, and that in their misguided efforts to protect the second amendment, they directly empower killers such as Stephen Paddock (58 killed), Adam Lanza (26 killed), Devin Kelley (26 killed), James Holmes (12 killed), Omar Mateen (49 killed), Robert Hawkins (8 killed), Dylan Roof (9 killed), Jeff Weise (9 killed), Esteban Santiago-Ruiz (5 killed), Chris Harper-Mercer (9 killed), Scott Evans Dekraai (8 killed), Steven Phillip Kazmierczak (5 killed), Jennifer San Marco (7 killed), Michael Kenneth McLendon (10 killed), Jared Lee Loughner (6 killed), Seung-Hui Cho (32 killed), Elliot Rodger (6 killed), Charles Carl Roberts (5 killed), Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold (13 killed), Micah Xavier Johnson (5 killed), Kyle Aaron Huff (6 killed), and so many others. We, the undersigned, cannot condone the more than 33,000 firearm-related deaths in the United States each year (the annual average compiled from C.D.C. data). We, the undersigned, will not sit back while mass shootings occur nearly every day in our country. We, the undersigned, value the lives of our fellow Americans, and do not want to see anyones life ended by gun violence, including suicides. We, the undersigned, demand action.  The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act must be dismissed completely, not simply allowed to hang over the heads of hundreds of millions of American’s like an ax waiting to drop. Not only that, we must also make it harder for people to obtain guns. From Vox: "Last year, researchers from around the country reviewed more than 130 studies from 10 countries on gun control for Epidemiologic Reviews. This is, for now, the most current, extensive review of the research on the effects of gun control. The findings were clear: 'The simultaneous implementation of laws targeting multiple firearms restrictions is associated with reductions in firearm deaths.' The study did not look at one specific intervention, but rather a variety of kinds of gun control, from licensing measures to buyback programs. Time and time again, they found the same line of evidence: Reducing access to guns was followed by a drop in deaths related to guns. And while non-gun homicides also decreased, the drop wasn’t as quick as the one seen in gun-related homicides — indicating that access to guns was a potential causal factor.” It is ignorant to dismiss the fact that as a nation we have more guns and more gun-related deaths than any other developed country in the world. We are not, by nature, a more violent people; we are not, by nature, a more mentally ill people; we quite simply have more guns and more legal access to guns. That is the problem. Plain and simple.  We, the undersigned, demand bills that require more frequent and more stringent background checks. We, the undersigned, demand bills that limit the sale of military grade/law-enforcement grade munitions, such as, but not limited to, high-powered rifles and body armor, to name a few. We, the undersigned, demand bills that prevent the sale and use of mods designed for maximum carnage, including but not limited to, bump stocks, silencers, and large capacity magazines, to name a few. We, the undersigned, demand that greater action be taken to prevent the continued slaughter of innocent Americans at the hands of other Americans and the gun lobby. 

Gabriel Zuger
56 supporters