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guns

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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
254 supporters
Started 2 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
7,085 supporters