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Mass Shootings

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Petition to Everytown for Gun Safety, Mitch McConnell, Coalition To Stop Gun Violence

Demand a National Firearms Act in 2019 like we did in 1934

El Paso, Dayton, Poway, Pittsburg, Parkland, Sandy Hook, Columbine, Orlando, Las Vegas... The list of mass shootings in the United States goes on and on. Our children are dying because of angry men who have easy access to military-style assault weapons, bump stocks and ammunition that allows them to kill dozens of innocent people in a matter of seconds, whether or not they are mentally ill, have criminal records or links to terrorist organizations. It's time to pass a National Firearms Act of 2019 that echoes the one passed in 1934 because of public outrage over the St. Valentine's Day Massacre that was facilitated by the use of use of Tommy guns, the equivalent of AR-15 rifles of today, by gangsters like Al Capone who were in cahoots with corrupt politicians in Chicago and other US cities. As the NYT article (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/16/opinion/how-the-st-valentines-day-massacre-changed-gun-laws.html points out, The National Firearms Act of 1934 took away the right of all private citizens to own Tommy guns and "required NFA designated firearms to be registered and taxed. The $200 tax was quite prohibitive at the time (equivalent to $3,659 in 2017)." (For more information on the NFA, go to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Firearms_Act The banning of automatic firearms, together with prohibitively high taxation, greatly reduced the number of gun deaths in that era. We need national legislation, not piecemeal state-by-state and city-by-city laws to solve our national crisis of gun violence. To get rid of existing assault weapons, we could also demand that gun manufacturers be taxed to pay for buying back of all assault-style weapons, just as Australians did in their national referendum following the mass shooting in Port Arthur in 1996. The referendum in Australia did not cause a "slippery slope" to take away private ownership of hunting and sporting guns by Australian citizens, which gun control opponents in this country so fear if a buy-back program were to happen here. There has not been a mass shooting in Australia since the national referendum in 1996. Why can't we have the courage to do the same thing? Let's keep every day a day of love, not a day of mourning!

Lisa Stidham
13,595 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Mitch McConnell

We're Done with Your Prayers Mitch McConnell, Ban Assault Weapons Now!

Aug 4, 2019: Dayton shooting; 36 late-night revelers killed or injured.Aug 3, 2019: El Paso shooting; at least 46 shoppers killed or injured.Jul 28, 2019: Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting; 19 food lovers killed or injured.Oct 27, 2018: Pittsburgh Synagogue shooting; 17 Jews killed or injured.Apr 22, 2018: Nashville Waffle House shooting; 6 diners killed or injured.Feb 14, 2018: Stoneman Douglas High School shooting; 34 students and educators killed or injured.Nov 5, 2017: Sutherland Springs Baptist Church shooting; 47 church-goers killed or injured.Oct 1, 2017: Las Vegas shooting; 481 concert-goers killed or injured.Jun 12, 2016: Pulse Nightclub shooting: 103 club-goers killed or injured. What do all these mass shootings have in common? The shooter used a semi-automatic assault-style rifle. That's why we need to demand that Senate GOP Majority Leader McConnell bring Senate Bill 66, the Assault Weapons Ban of 2019 sponsored by Sen. Feinstein (D-CA), to the Senate floor for a vote.  More than half of mass shootings involve the use of assault-style rifles and/or high-capacity magazines, both of which would be banned by S.66. In 6 out of 10 mass shootings where high-capacity magazines are used, nearly twice as many people are killed, and six times as many injured. Time after time Majority Leader McConnell has refused to even allow debate on gun control legislation, despite a nearly 2:1 margin of voters who favor a federal ban on assault weapons versus those opposed. Since 6 in 10 voters favor stricter gun laws McConnell should also advance a host of other gun control legislation he has blocked. He should bring S.42, the Background Check Expansion Bill sponsored by Sen. Murphy (D-CT) to a vote, a measure favored by 94% of voters. He should bring S.184, the Gun Violence Prevention Research Act sponsored by Sen. Markey (D-MA) to a vote. He should bring S.193, Ethan's Law to require safe firearm storage sponsored by Sen. Blumenthal (D-CT) to a vote. To name just a few of the gun safety bills buried by the "grim reaper" (as McConnell likes to call himself) an apt description for a leader who sits by while more than 100 people are killed by guns every day. America has had enough of Mitch McConnell's prayers, it's long past time for him to put American lives ahead of the gun lobby. Please sign this petition to demand that McConnell schedule a vote on S.66, the Assault Weapons Ban, and other federal gun control measures.

CT Against Gun Violence
11,057 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump, President of the United States, National Rifle Association, United States Supreme Court

Ban The Public Sale and Use of Assault Weapons

Enough is enough. A shooting in a historic district of Dayton, Ohio, with nine people killed and 27 injured.A shooting at Walmart in El Paso, Texas, with 22 people killed and at least 24 wounded. It was the deadliest shooting of the year.A shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in the San Francisco Bay Area, with three people killed and 15 injured.A shooting at a Brooklyn block party, with one person killed and 11 injured.A shooting at a Walmart in Southaven, Mississippi, with two people killed and two injured. Over 100 people injured or killed. The deadliest mass shooting in US history in my hometown, with my friends in the crowd, October 1, 2017 at the Route 91 Festival in Las Vegas. 58 people killed and 422 wounded, and the ensuing panic brought the injury total to 851.  The assault included 24 firearms in total, including: 14 .223-caliber AR-15-type rifles8 .308-caliber AR-10-type rifles.308-caliber Ruger American bolt-action rifle.38-caliber Smith & Wesson Model 342 AirLite TI revolver It’s time to put a ban on the public use of assault weapons. The conceal and carry laws give the public a way to protect themselves, but no one can protect you from assault weapons.  As of Aug. 5, which was the 217th day of the year, there have been 255 mass shootings in the U.S., according to data from the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive (GVA), which tracks every mass shooting in the country. The GVA defines a mass shooting as any incident in which at least four people were shot, excluding the shooter. The last time the mass shooting toll topped days of the year was 2016, which had 382 mass shootings — the most in any year since the Gun Violence Archive started keeping track. The past two years came close, with 346 mass shootings in 2017 and 340 in 2018. The Federal Assault Weapons Ban of 1994 made the manufacture and civilian use of a defined set of automatic and semiautomatic weapons and large capacity magazines illegal. The ban expired in 2004. During the ban, Mass-shooting fatalities were 70% less likely to occur during the federal ban period. Take a stand and help ban the sale of assault weapons to the public.  Information from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/30188421/ https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.cbsnews.com/amp/news/mass-shootings-2019-more-mass-shootings-than-days-so-far-this-year/ https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/2017_Las_Vegas_shooting  

Erika Stratton
18 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Doug McMillon, Walmart

Stop the sale of guns at Walmart stores

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019: 2 people were murdered at Walmart #0848 in Southaven, Mississippi.  Saturday, August 3rd, 2019: 22 people were murdered at Walmart #2201 in El Paso, Texas. In light of these recent tragedies -- a mere snapshot of the gun violence epidemic plaguing the United States -- and in response to Corporate’s inaction, we as employees are organizing several days of action, to protest Walmart’s profit from the sale of firearms and ammunition. Walmart is a company that has always placed its associates and customers first; we have recently made great strides toward fostering a safe, inclusive, and progressive community. Last year, Walmart raised the minimum age to buy a firearm or ammunition from 18 to 21. In 2015, Walmart removed products resembling assault-style rifles from its inventory. Nonetheless, Walmart remains one of the largest retailers of firearms in the United States, and there is a direct correlation between the number/availability of guns and the amount of mass shootings per capita. Yes, we have made great strides already, but now we must organize to shape this company into a place that we can all be proud of. As associates, we can and must leverage our power and ability to change our company for the better. We have one demand, and that is all. We value Walmart and our fellow associates, but we are no longer willing to contribute our labor to a company that profits from the sale of deadly weapons. We would like to see Walmart take a unified and public stance against guns and gun violence. We urge our leadership to cease the sale of all firearms and ammunition, ban the public open and concealed carry of weapons on company property and in all stores, and cease WALPAC donations to NRA backed -A/A+ politicians. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at walmartwalkout@gmail.com

Walmart Walkout
125,045 supporters