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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate
Comprehensive Gun Control
After all of the mass shootings the past few years, we have to do something. We must come up with ways to keep our children safe, our churches safe, and our communities safe. That's why we are calling on Congress to pass comprehensive gun control that includes universal background checks, a ban on bump stocks, and a ban on assault weapons from civilians. Yes, these measures might not prevent every tragedy but that doesn't mean we shouldn't keep trying until we finally eradicate this type of violence.
Petition to Anderson Cooper, CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX Broadcasting Company, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal
No Notoriety for Mass Shooters
Mass shootings in the United States continue to capture a lot of attention by the media. The continued reporting of the shooters’ names and images are inspiring others to follow in their footsteps. Research has found a contagion effect whereby the excessive emphasis on the perpetrators can inspire copycat attacks and can cause them to be more lethal as shooters try to outdo one another. We call upon the media to responsibly report on these stories by limiting the use of the names and photos of the perpetrators in their coverage in accordance with the No Notoriety (www.nonotoriety.com) campaign. Research (e.g., Schildkraut & McHale, 2018) shows that viewers still will follow these cases if this information is limited. Please support this call for responsible reporting in the coverage of mass shootings in the United States.
Petition to Pennsylvania Department of Education, North Penn School District, Montgomery County Judicial System
North Penn School District Response to Terroristic Threats
On December 13th, 2019 an 8th grade student at Pennfield Middle School threatened to "shoot up" the school. This is the student's 2nd terroristic threat against the school, which included a list of students identified by the 8th grader. As concerned parents and community members, we are demanding that the following actions occur, in an effort to ensure the safety and emotional wellbeing of our children and the staff of the North Penn School District: Criminal prosecution of the identified student, based on repeated terroristic threats against Pennfield Middle School. Permanent expulsion of the identified student from the North Penn School District. Revision of the 2020 North Penn School District Secondary Disciplinary Structure Code of Conduct related to Level IV misconduct, to identify permanent expulsion and criminal prosecution as an explicit response to terroristic threats In Pennsylvania, terroristic threats are considered a criminal offense, as defined by 18 Pa.C.S.A. 2706 (https://www.legis.state.pa.us/WU01/LI/LI/CT/HTM/18/00.027.006.000..HTM In September of 2019, a teenager in Luzerne County, PA was prosecuted and found guilty after making a similar terroristic threat against his school. (https://www.mcall.com/news/pennsylvania/mc-nws-pa-student-beat-the-record-school-shooting-threat-20190913-ntftevgawzdfzlgfkhfnxxbkoi-story.html The North Penn School District, PA Department of Education and Montgomery County Judicial System must take drastic preventative measures to protect innocent students and staff and to deter future threats of this nature.
Petition to Christopher Wray, Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke, FBI Deputy Director
Declare the NRA a supporter of domestic terrorism
The National Rifle Association (NRA) is more a political lobby than sportsmen's organization. It has spent over $3 million per year since 2013 to keep gun policies in an antiquated state despite the fact that more Americans have died from gun violence (over 1.5 million) than from all the wars since the Revolution, and now want some form of gun control. A sensible reading of the 2nd Amendment would 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 it will be regulated while the NRA effectively controls the GOP. While not a branch of government, the NRA has enormous impact on American life by coercing politicians and voters with money and intimidation, and restricting our safety and public health. Former NRA CEO and multi-millionaire Wayne LaPierre has said 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 inaccessible and shot himself before police arrived. In the wake of these horrific attacks the NRA mobilizes to enrich gun and ammo manufacturers while putting Americans at increasing risk of being shot. Domestic terrorism continues to rise in Trump era. White nationalist groups were eager to claim the shooter in Parkland as one of their own. The NRA facilitates both the arming and the militant ideology of these groups, supporting domestic terrorism. While right-wing politicians divert or attention with imagined threats from immigrants, the NRA does real harm to democracy, spreading anti-government hysteria and the idea of armed insurrection. FBI director Wray recently testified regarding the danger of armed, right-wing extremism amid growing white nationalism. The FBI should stop hesitating and brand the NRA for its leading role in providing cover for this disease. The victims of Santa Fe High (TX), Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, Fl), Sutherland Springs (11/5/17), Las Vegas (10/2/17), the 2016 Orlando shooting, Sandy Hook Elementary, Tree of Life Synagogue, Dayton, El Paso, Santa Clarita (11/14/19) and on and on deserve no less. Please sign the MoveOn.org petition, another petition seeking to designate the NRA a terrorist organization under the Patriot Act, and support the Violence Policy Center.
Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
Bulletproof Schools in the USA
I am Miles in Grade 11. I am from North Carolina in the United States. I have found that 187,000 students have come in contact with gun violence in schools since Columbine. I care deeply about this issue, too many innocent children our losing their lives to gun violence in our schools and nothing is being done to prevent this. I created this petition to make bulletproof doors and windows in all the schools in the United States of America. I know that making bulletproof schools will not make gun violence completely stop but I have created this to make it harder for these violent acts to happen. In the United States of America it is already to easy to own a gun, so why should you have it easy for violence to happen in our schools? WHY COMMIT #Bulletproof schools, safer schools, and better us. Please consider signing my petition to make a change for the better in our country.
Petition to Department of Education, Department of Homeland Security, California State University, California State University Los Angeles, Dianne Feinstein, Kamala D. Harris, Gavin Newsom, Eric Garcetti
Demand CSULA to Provide Active Shooting Protocols and Updated Safety Measures
We are writing to you as a representation of the student and employee body at California State University, Los Angeles. We are demanding our local representatives, Cal State LA Administration, the Cal State LA Public Safety Advisory, and specifically the Department of Public Safety to provide direct, proper, and timely information, updates, procedures, and training in regards to any potential danger at Cal State LA that is a threat to the lives of its students, staff, and faculty. In the past eight days, Cal State LA has received three threats to the campus, two of which were identified as shooting threats, and one undisclosed graffiti threat. The first threat on October 29th was only made known to the student body approximately two hours after the initial threat was called in, with many students reporting they did not receive any texts alerts, emails, or information regarding the incident whatsoever. When the second threat took place on November 4th, students that were lucky were notified that there was an active threat to the library, but that the source was “unknown” and to “be alert”; somehow, the unknown threat was significant enough to caution students to be alert, but not to evacuate the library or even notify everyone of potential danger. A few hours later, Cal State LA sent out an email with information regarding the threat, but it was reported that many students did not receive this email as well. A briefing of the most recent threat on November 6th was sent out to students from approximately 7-8pm, describing a “future threat” found written in a campus bathroom. With no further details provided, we were assured that there was “no immediate threat” and that campus is “safe.” How the seriousness of a threat and subsequent “safety” of campus is determined is not information that is provided or accessible to students, staff, or faculty. The vague, untimely, and lack of alerts sent by the school have caused anxiety, mass hysteria, and rumors to circulate across campus. We all have questions and genuine concerns for our safety that are not being addressed. Amidst all of the confusion and uncertainty, one thing is clear: there has been a large display of carelessness on the part of Cal State LA and the Department of Public Safety that has directly put individuals’ lives as risk. We deserve to know when and what to do if there is a direct threat to our lives, in a climate where gun violence and mass shootings in schools are such common occurrences. At Cal State LA, we are calling for: Active shooter training for all University employees Active shooter procedures for all students and employees taught and posted visibly in every room Locks on all classroom and office doors in every building Doors that swing inside only One ‘active shooter drill’ every semester Updates to the text alert system that ensures every student and employee receives a notification at the exact time of administrative knowledge of a threat Live tweeting from a University twitter account (or through the GET app) during any potential/real threat providing all known information, and addressing rumors Transparency from administration in informing students and employees of the procedures for determining the viability of a threat Time is of the essence and these minimal requests are extremely reasonable and valid, especially at a time when gun violence and mass shootings are so prevalent in America. Many students do not feel safe and are extremely dissatisfied with the way this situation has been handled. Safety should be a top priority of the University and we deserve transparency and respect when our lives may be in danger. We demand our requests be addressed, implemented, and our voices heard as we are speaking in the best interest of all students, faculty, and staff at Cal State LA.