Petition to U.S. Senate, President of the United States
National High School Walk-Out for Anti Gun Violence
We are the students, we are the victims, we are change, fight gun violence now! High School students across the U.S.A, the way to fight back is here. There has been too much complacency on the part of politicians when it comes to gun violence. The time to act is now! Public school shootings affect communities and especially teenagers. On February, 14th a High School shooting in Parkland, Florida occurred, killing 17 people. Still, POTUS has not addressed any form of gun legislation. The majority of teenagers have no right to vote, leaving our voice unheard. The government does not hear or care how these tragedies affect our lives. Seven children and teens are killed with guns in the U.S. on an average day (https://everytownresearch.org). The violence of guns is being performed in our schools and our communities. Not the Senate floor. As the future of America, it is time for teenagers to speak their minds and put their frustration into action. The Plan: On Friday, April 20th, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting I propose a National High School student walk out. Walk out of school, wear orange and protest online and in your communities. Sign the petition if you pledge to do so. Nothing has changed since Columbine, let us start a movement that lets the government know the time for change is now. #nationalschoolwalkout
Petition to Tim Buckley, Vanguard Group, Bill McNabb
Vanguard Group, dump your gun stocks. We don’t want to profit off mass murder.
Vanguard Group is currently the largest mutual fund provider and second-largest shareholder of assault rifle makers American Outboor Brands (formerly Smith & Wesson), Vista Outdoors and Sturm Ruger, who all make millions off the sale of the AR-15 and similar weapons of war to civilians. Vanguard has said: “We believe mutual funds are not optimal agents of social change,” but given that it’s our money they’re investing, we can force them to listen. Vanguard, dump those gun stocks now. We don’t support mass murder, and neither should you.
Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
Pass Common Sense Gun Control
I am a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS, where the school shooting happened on 02/14/18. I am close friends with one of the victims and I want common sense gun control to be passed to prevent more families from losing loved ones in these terrible tragedies. I'm lucky that I was on the other side of the school when the shooting started and was evacuated quickly. Nick Cruz killed SEVENTEEN people, some who were freshman just starting their second semester of high school, others seniors who just committed to the colleges of their dreams. He took away their hopes and aspirations. He should not have been able to carry an assault rifle. We need to convince our elected officials that now is the time to speak up against the NRA and promote some form of gun control. They should not be worrying about how much money they will make or whether they will be re-elected. Innocent people are DYING because of gun violence. These children and heroes might be alive today. There’s a reason why other countries don’t have mass shootings and as a nation, we should work towards that. Please sign and share this petition with everyone you know. Nobody should have to face tragedies like this.
Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
March for Our Lives: An Act to Protect & Save Your Children
In the tragic wake of the seventeen lives brutally cut short in Florida, politicians are telling us that now is not the time to talk about guns. March For Our Lives believes the time is now. Created by, inspired by, and led by students across the country, we will no longer risk our lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings that has become all too familiar. We support the right of law-abiding Americans to keep and bear arms, as set forth in the United States Constitution. But with that right comes responsibility. We call on all the adults in Congress elected to represent us, to pass legislation that will protect and save children from gun violence. Our elected officials MUST ACT by: 1. Passing a law to ban the sale of assault weapons like the ones used in Las Vegas, Orlando, Sutherland Springs, Aurora, Sandy Hook and, most recently, to kill 17 innocent people and injure more than a dozen others at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Of the 10 deadliest shootings over the last decade, seven involved the use of assault weapons. No civilian should be able to access these weapons of war, which should be restricted for use by our military and law enforcement only. These guns have no other purpose than to fire as many bullets as possible and indiscriminately kill anything they are pointed at with terrifying speed. 2. Prohibiting the sale of high-capacity magazines such as the ones the shooter at our school—and so many other recent mass shootings used. States that ban high-capacity magazines have half as many shootings involving three or more victims as states that allow them. Limiting the number of bullets a gun can discharge at one time will at least force any shooter to stop and reload, giving children a chance to escape. 3. Closing the loophole in our background check law that allows dangerous people who shouldn’t be allowed to purchase firearms to slip through the cracks and buy guns online or at gun shows. 97 percent of Americans support closing the current loopholes in our background check system. When Connecticut passed a law requiring background checks on all handgun sales, they saw a 40 percent reduction in gun homicides. 22 percent of gun sales in this country take place without a background check. That’s millions of guns that could be falling into dangerous hands. A background check should be required on every gun sale, no exceptions. The children of this country can no longer go to school in fear that each day could be their last. Please sign our petition and demand a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address these gun issues.
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.
Petition to Congress, Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, President of the United States
Ban the AR-15 Rifle, along with Other Assault Weapons, Protect Our Students and People!
It is only mid-February and there have already been 30 school shootings since 2018 has begun. The most recent shooting we are aware of is the Valentine's Day shooting in Florida by an angry student, Nikolas Cruz, who was expelled from his high school. He used an AR-15 rifle to kill 17 students and staff, who were finishing up their school day. He had all the warning signs of a possible threat to that high school, was even reported to authorities prior to this, and nothing was done. On October 1st, 2017, during the Route 91 Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, 58 innocent people were massacred by Stephen Paddock by using bump stocks from his hotel room, which made his semi-automatic weapons become automatic. In addition, he had a collection of assault weapons in his procession. Hotel security didn't seem to question that he had huge bags of what we now know were weapons, and he kept making multiple trips to and from his car to bring these weapons to his room, in which he was staying alone. And let us not forget on December 14, 2012, when Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 innocent elementary school children and 6 staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Twenty innocent children who will never get to grow up to be a firefighter, a teacher, or even hug their parents one last time. It makes me sick. Regardless of how you feel on politics, this nation needs to come together and put a stop to this. Innocent people are dying due to these violent crimes. The AR-15 has a purpose for "hunting", many have argued including the organization titled the Gun Owners of California, but this weapon is not being used for this purpose. It is being used to kill innocent people, whether their reasons are because they are angry at the system who failed them, like Nikolas and his anger building up with his experience at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, or with Stephen Paddock, who we still don't even know his reasons for the massacre in Las Vegas, except for the fact that he was interested in doing this to several other groups of people in different locations including Santa Monica. Working in schools and with children, it scares me to think that something could happen in my schools I work in. The schools where our students are supposed to grow, to learn, and be safe. It scares me that these shootings can happen anywhere, and our government has not done anything about it. There has been much debate on gun laws, but Congress needs to come to an agreement. We need these assault weapons out of our reach. We need more safety precautions in public areas and schools in which will better protect our citizens, including our most vulnerable, our children. Please sign this petition to show Congress that we are serious, and we DEMAND reform in our gun laws. These mass shootings need to stop, and your signature will be the first step in doing so. Thank you.
Petition to eHealth , Emergency Assistance Plus, HotelPlanner , LifeLine Screening, Medflight Freedom, Medical Concierge Network, VISA U.S.A., American Cellars Wine Club (Vinesse Wines), Association Group Insurance Administrators (AGIA Affinity), Direct Long Term Care, Global Rescue, Lloyds of London, Long Term Care Resources, ManageYOURiD , FedEx, Clearent Credit Card Processing Services, FFLBizHub.com , Life Insurance Central, Transamerica , Aig , Mutual of Omaha Insurance, Protective , Prudential Life Insurance Company, Holiday Card Central, Genworth Financial
Tell companies to cut their ties with the NRA
With 96 Americans killed with guns on the average day, and murderers targeting our schools, churches and concerts, the American people are getting fed up with inaction on the part of our politicians. Although the majority of Americans favor stronger gun control measures, they never seem to happen. This is in large part due to the actions of a single organization, the National Rifle Association. Historically, the NRA supported hunting, marksmanship, safety training – and common sense gun laws. But a faction takeover of its leadership in 1977 brought into power a group with extreme views, which have now become the NRA party line. Many members of the NRA don’t support its more extreme policies. For example, 74% of NRA members support requiring background checks for anyone purchasing a gun, and 71% support prohibiting people on the terrorist watch list from purchasing guns – positions that are the opposite of the NRA stance. So why do they remain members? One reason is financial – NRA members receive valuable discounts on things like insurance and hotel stays. The myriad of discounts offered to NRA members by corporations are listed on the membership benefits page on the NRA site. These partners of the NRA include MetLife, LifeLock, eHealth, Norton Security, Allied Movers, NorthAmerican Van Lines, Hertz, Avis, and the First National Bank of Omaha. Indeed, the NRA touts the many special discounts as number two in its list of reasons to join the organization, and stresses the “access to hundreds of dollars in savings.” These corporate partnerships not only help the NRA attract and retain members, but also provide funds for the NRA that help fuel its extremist agenda. It’s time to tell companies that it is no longer acceptable for them to be associated with the NRA. Let’s send a message to the NRA membership benefits partners they must end sever their relationships with the NRA. This petition is aimed at 25 of the companies involved in the NRA membership benefits program. This is because 25 is the limit for a Change.org petition. Let’s start with these 25, and then go after the others later. In addition to signing and sharing this petition, please look at our Google document which lists all of the partner companies and contact information for them, and consider also reaching out to the companies directly to show your displeasure.
Petition to Colin V. Reed, Mark Fioravanti
Ryman Auditorium: Say NO to gun violence, stop paying and promoting Ted Nugent
As was reported in major news organizations Feb. 21, 2018, National Rifle Association Board member & musician Ted Nugent claims the Parkland, FL students speaking up and demanding changes in US gun laws after 17 of their teachers and classmates were murdered are "paid actors.” In March 2018, Nugent called March For Our Lives (largest youth demonstration since the Vietnam War era) "ignorant children" being manipulated by "adult scammers" and said that participants are "dangerously stupid... they have no soul." March For Our Lives drew tens of thousands of participants here in Nashville and all across the state. Those in the gun reform community have had concerns about Nugent for some time. In 2008 Nugent called for then-Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama to “suck my machine gun.” More recently he called 2016 Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (who won Nashville by 27 points) a "worthless b-tch” and said she should be shot. In October 2017, Nugent appeared on various forms of media with alt-right personality Alex Jones and accused the Democratic Party of orchestrating the Las Vegas shooting in which over 50 country music fans were killed. He repeated this theme on April 7, 2018 when he said Democrats should be "shot like coyotes." Nugent has promised to moderate his rhetoric but clearly, this hasn't happened. Twice in the last year the Ryman Auditorium has booked Ted Nugent to play (July 19, 2017; a new show has been announced for July 18, 2018.) While the Ryman is a privately held company, it is promoted by a number of public agencies including Nashville's Convention and Visitors Bureau. Private citizens stepped forward to save the building from demolition in the 1990s and continue to support its interests as one of Nashville's premier concert venues. Repeatedly, citizens of Nashville have made their wishes known in supporting legislation to ban guns in parks and in bars. The Ryman Auditorium itself bans guns.Twice in the last year Nashville has been victimized by mass shootings. The first, a church shooting, occurred in September 2017, the second event at Waffle House in Antioch took place just today (April 22, 2018.) We're not against the Ryman in general. Many terrific acts we love play there and we're big fans of preservation of the city's history. But we think that, in respect to the victims of these local shootings, it's the height of incivility to give someone like Ted Nugent a platform, a paycheck and the stamp of respectability. We might note the Nashville Predators organization recently stopped using Nugent's music as part of a promotion it holds with the Tennessee Lottery.Please cancel Nugent's July 2018 concert.