Las Vegas shooting

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Petition to Donald Trump, Steve Scalise, Nancy Pelosi, Charles Schumer, John McCain, Mitch McConnell, Dianne Feinstein, Bernie Sanders, Paul Ryan, Kevin McCarthy, Steny Hoyer, Orrin Hatch, John Cornyn, Dick Durbin, John Barrasso, Cory Gardner, Cory Booker, Mike Lee, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, Mike Crapo, Lindsey Graham, Mark Warner, Roy Blunt, Jeff Merkley, Chris Van Hollen

Reinstate Federal Assault Weapons Ban (AWB)

On September 13, 1994, Members of Congress came together and passed the Federal Assault Weapons Ban (AWB). That same day, President Bill Clinton signed it into law - until it expired 10 years later.  As a result of this lapse, the legal sale of assault weapons has led to an increase in mass shootings: Virginia Tech (2007), Sandy Hook (2012), Aurora (2012), San Bernardino (2015), Orlando (2016), and Las Vegas (2017). From these tragedies alone, 192 people have died.  I think we can all agree that we don't want to take away anyone's rights, but certain weapons should never find civilian hands. At this point, our technology has surpassed the 2nd Amendment.   A civilian's right to bear arms is meant to protect and defend, not kill large amounts of people in a short amount of time. If there is anything that a post-AWB world has proven, it's that we're not safe. Colleges, movie theaters, the workplace, nightclubs, concerts, and elementary schools are targets for the mentally ill.  America isn't a war zone. We shouldn't have to live in fear. That's not why we're here. I am asking for a bridge of bipartisan support and to reinstate the AWB. Put away the petty politics and address the root of the problem. Mental illness is a major component of all of these tragedies, but we must start by removing military-grade weapons from the hands of people who should never hold them in the first place.   The trained men and women of this country who defend us should be the only ones to yield it. Anything else would cheapen their service. Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope this opens a concerned and meaningful dialogue among our current representatives.  US Mass Shootings (1982 to 2017) - 401 more mass murder fatalities post-AWB (September 2004 to present day) than during (September 1994 - September 2004) EDIT: Since initially starting this petition, 26 lives have been taken in the Texas First Baptist Church massacre in Sutherland Springs, TX  and 17 lives have been lost at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL.  

Matt Nye
15,762 supporters
This petition won 3 days ago

Petition to Google, Inc, YouTube

Google: Take down instructional videos for illegal automatic gun modifications!

It only took fifteen minutes for the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history to occur. One man was able to injure or kill 574 people from a Las Vegas hotel window. The Clark County Sheriff has confirmed that two of the weapons used in the massacre “appeared to have been mechanically converted to full automatic fire.”Despite automatic weapons being illegal, people can turn to places like YouTube to learn how to turn their weapons into killing machines. A quick search for “diy automatic rifle” on Youtube returns 1.8 million video results! These videos provide advice and step-by-step guides for private citizens who want to make illegal modifications to otherwise legally-available semi-automatic firearms.YouTube shouldn’t be allowing videos that teach people how to turn their weapons into deadly, illegal machine guns. YouTube must remove and ban these videos now.I believe the ease with which anyone can turn to a website like Youtube to find tips and detailed instructional guides to make deadly weapons even more lethal presents a clear and present danger to society.Platforms like Youtube should be part of the solution to gun violence – not an enabler of deadly behavior. They must take action now. Enough is enough.If you agree with me, please sign and share this petition calling on Youtube to take down millions of videos showing gun owners how to illegally modify their semi-automatic weapons into fully automatic killing machines today.

62,805 supporters
Update posted 7 days ago

Petition to Christopher Wray, Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe

Declare the NRA a supporter of domestic terrorism

The National Rifle Association (NRA) in no longer a sportsmen's organization; it's a political lobby. It spends enormously (over $3 million per year since 2013) to keep our gun policies in a hopelessly backward, 18th century state. More Americans have died from gun violence (over 1.5 million) than from all the wars since the Revolution, and Americans overwhelmingly want some form of gun control. A sensible reading of the 2nd Amendment would allow gun ownership but restrict purchase of equipment designed for mass murder: large clips, military grade semi-and fully automatic rifles, and ammunition for the same, which could be as easily tracked as over-the-counter medication. Yet none of this will be regulated while the NRA is allowed to influence public policy with its entirely lopsided donations to Republican legislators. One of the many stupid things NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre (who earns nearly a million dollars a year) has said is that "the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." As at Stoneman Douglas High, where three or four armed deputies waited outside during the shooting, this is rarely true and unfortunately doesn't help the shooter's victims. In Las Vegas, where over 500 people were shot with automatic gunfire, the shooter was completely inaccessible and shot himself before police arrived. What the NRA does now is use these horrific attacks to spread the demand for weapons, enriching gun and ammo manufacturers while putting Americans at increasing risk of being shot. Domestic terrorism is on the rise in the wake of Trump's Russian-engineered election. White nationalist groups were eager to claim the shooter in Parkland as one of their own. The NRA, which facilitates both the arming and the militant ideology of these groups, should be declared an organization that supports domestic terrorism. While right-wing politicians try to divert our attention to immigrants and foreign terrorist groups like Islamic State, the real damage to our democracy is being engineered by the NRA, which has been successfully spreading anti-government hysteria and seeking to legitimize armed insurrection for at least a decade. Even if the FBI refuses to make such a declaration, a strong public demand for it could tarnish the reputation of NRA-supported candidates enough to interrupt their pernicious influence on our politics. The victims of Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, Fl), of Sutherland Springs (11/5/17), of Las Vegas (10/2/17), of the 2016 Orlando shooting, of Sandy Hook Elementary, and on and on and miserably on deserve no less.  I will update this petition with links and contact information as it gains support. Please sign the petition and growing number of similar petitions at and elsewhere.

Chris Monroe
1,471 supporters
Update posted 1 month 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
386,105 supporters