Mass Shootings

330 petitions

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Petition to Richard Burr, Walter Jones, Virginia Foxx, Mark Walker, David Rouzer, Richard Hudson, Robert Pittenger, Patrick McHenry, Mark Meadows, Ted Budd, Thom Tillis, Paul Ryan, Kevin McCarthy, Steve Scalise, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Luke Messer

Pass Federal “Red Flag Law” to Prevent Gun Violence

As a mother of two in public schools,  I'm well aware that the Parkland shooting could've happened anywhere in this country, and that it's more likely to happen in the US than other countries. In Europe, there hasn't been a major high-casualty gun attack on a campus in almost a decade. Whereas in the US they've become commonplace. Our current federal and state laws focus on background checks and preventing dangerous people from buying firearms.  But there are already around 270 million guns owned by US civilians so restricting purchases would have a more long-term effect; not the immediate impact we need. Five states currently have “red flag laws” that allow the seizure of guns before people can commit violent acts.  According to a Washington Post article, these statutes in California, Washington, Oregon, Indiana and Connecticut can be used to temporarily take guns away from people a judge deems a threat to themselves or others.  Mental illness, escalating threats, substance abuse and domestic violence are some reasons why a judge can order weapons restrictions under the statutes. If Florida had a “red flag law”, the Feb 14 school shooting could have been averted. Family members or law enforcement officers could have asked a judge for an “extreme risk protection order” or a “gun violence restraining order” against the 19 year old gunman, based on his violent behavior and threats, and his AR-15 could have been confiscated. More states are considering “red flag laws” but gun violence protection is a nationwide concern and we should have a federal standard.  The NRA has not put up much opposition to the 5 states’ statutes, suggesting that legislation could be passed quickly at the federal level.  Lawmakers, please act now to prevent the next mass shooting.

Lara Broadwell
374 supporters
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Petition to American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Board of Directors, Elise Davis-McFarland, PhD, CCC-SLP, Shari B. Robertson, CCC-SLP, Gail J. Richard, PhD, CCC-SLP, Charles E. Bishop, AuD, PhD, CCC-A, Katheryn L. Boada, CCC-SLP, Arlene Carney, CCC-A, Mel Cohen, CCC-SLP, Robert C. Fifer, PhD, AuD, CCC-A, Perry F. Flynn, MEd, CCC-SLP, Melanie W. Hudson, MA, CCC-SLP, Marie Ireland, CCC-SLP, Barbara Jacobson, PhD, CCC-SLP, Janet Koehnke, PhD, CCC-A, Nadine Martin, PhD, CCC‐SLP, Arlene A. Pietranton, PhD, CAE, Sonja Pruitt-Lord, PhD, CCC-SLP, Lynn Williams, PhD, CCC-SLP

ASHA: Oppose Guns in Schools and Support Gun Reform Now

In the wake of the mass shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, as educators and students use their voices to protect our schools, many school speech language pathologists and audiologists stand by and join these efforts. Many SLPs and audiologists (some of us parents of children who attend school) are concerned and disheartened by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's recent post on gun control and arming teachers in schools. In a recent Facebook post, ASHA alluded to concern for gun violence in schools, but stopped short of opposing arming teachers in schools or support for gun reform. While there are SLPs and audiologists along the entire political spectrum, this is ultimately a safety issue: Guns have no place in our schools. Since Columbine, there have been 25 fatal school shootings in the United States, with a total of 122 people killed, including children as young as six years old.  ASHA’s mission statement reads: Empowering speech language pathologists and advocating for members and those they serve. ASHA’s post falls short at a time when there is anguish and fear on the part of school SLPs and the children we serve, who are subjected to multiple lockdown drills per year. These drills can be very scary and confusing for children, especially children with disabilities, yet it has become a necessity, because of access to assault weapons in the United States. Gun control means safer schools. So what is ASHA truly advocating for? We cannot think of a single issue that takes precedence over people's lives, including speech language pathologists, audiologists, educators and staff, and the children we show up for everyday. Gun violence impacts speech language pathologists, not in theory, but in reality. Sharonda Singleton was a speech language pathologist who was murdered in the Charleston church massacre on June, 17, 2015. Kortney Spencer, a school SLP, was injured at the beginning of the school year when she was shot in the leg at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas when a gunman opened fire on the concertgoers. There is no reason to believe they would have been any safer at school.  ASHA, please join other professional organizations who have spoken out in support of gun control and opposition to arming teachers, including National Education Association, National PTA, and National Association of School Psychologists, among others. ASHA’s statement needs to be unequivocally about protecting all of our members from disastrous policies and inaction that allow shootings like this to happen again and again. We need to hear that you oppose arming teachers and that you support gun control. ASHA code of ethics asks us to honor the responsibility to hold paramount the welfare of those we serve. We are doing our part to do so, ASHA. Now it’s your turn to do yours.  

SLPs for Safe Schools
2,517 supporters
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Petition to Carroll County Public Schools

Fight For Our Lives As Students No More School Shootings

Since 2013, there have been nearly 300 school shootings in America — an average of about one a week. As an 11th Grade Student in Carroll County Maryland I have been worried to the point of being scared to walk in to school everyday.  We are student's, we have the right to walk into school everyday expecting to receive our mandatory education in safety and comfort yeah I know I could get homeschooled but that's not the point it's not like homeschool shootings happen, public school shootings happen. I sit in class everyday and flinch if I hear a loud sound/bang worrying whether or not someone's shooting up our school.  This is not acceptable to any extent. It's not like we have a choice to go to school or not, it's not like we have a choice to prevent our lives from being shot up from some deranged mentally Ill being. Due to education being mandatory we should not only be ensured but guaranteed that our safety is 100% taken care of while being in or around school properties. If you are a student or a parent you understand the Importance of having some sort of front line defense for these type of situations. If you are a human being you understand the devastating effects of losing ones life that closest to you.  What do I propose well with the issue at hand there is no full-proof answer of a defense system. But what we can do to at least prevent these Ill beings from gaining access to our facilities is have a metal detector, why well this is and could be our first step of a prevention system. They would be stopped before they have the chance to enter. Another proposal would be to issue defensive training for select school system staff in each School like the administration or hall guards so at least they aren't going blindly to our defense. We should have a Police Officer or State Official in every school. It's like they say you can't bring a knife or a fist to a gun fight you have to fight guns with guns. We need someone in our schools that is approved to carry a firearm and that is  approved to be our first line of defense if that's what it takes to protect our lives, our loved ones, our destiny, our legacy as the future of our wonderful country.  Regardless of what is to be decided upon in regards of this heartbreaking topic there needs to be a full proof system, policy that prevents us from losing the ones we love most. You are a flat out idiot if you believe that just locking the door and hiding in a corner while someone is in the process of invading our schools is enough, we are only sitting there waiting for them to shoot down that door and shoot us down too.  Sign this if you care for your lives as students, sign this if you care about the lives of your kids, do this for us we are victims we are innocent lives that could be no longer. Stand Up Speak Up Make A Change Save Our Lives Please!!!! Share why you signed!!!! Don't allow us to be another statistic of how many losses were caused by school shootings due to lack of a protective policy.  Don't be one of those people that say oh this will never happen to me because it can and it will if we don't take action; A 17-year-old student was shot in the parking lot of a Maryland high school on a Monday of February 2018, this is proof that it's everywhere even in our own state don't just pray for the losses pray for the policy that will prevent losses from happening. This Petition Was Written/Created By Hunter A Farrior Contact: Snapchat: iamdjfarrior

Hunter F
867 supporters
Started 3 days ago

Petition to President of the United States, Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi, Charles Schumer, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

Pass Common Sense Gun Legislation

One month ago, on February 14, 2018, a gunman opened fire on students and staff of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing 14 students and 3 teachers. This is one of the latest shootings in a long list of gun violence that has plagued our society for decades. We are outraged and heartbroken about the unchecked, continual gun violence that is happening in our schools and in our society. We believe the solution to this problem involves a comprehensive, multi-faceted approach that includes gun legislation, research into gun violence, and strategies to prevent future incidents from happening. While Democrats and Republicans are undeniably at odds with each other on many issues, we believe there are more areas of agreement than disagreement about what should be done about gun violence. President Trump, we believe you are uniquely positioned to tackle this challenge successfully, providing cover to Republicans, as well as Democrats, who are closely tied to the NRA lobbyists. Your strong leadership would be welcomed by a widespread majority of the American people. Taking strong steps to combat this problem can become part of your legacy. The following initiatives would be supported by a widespread, bipartisan majority of the country. We term these ideas: COMMON GROUND Universal Background Checks – close the private sale/gun show loophole and require that *ALL firearms purchases be run through the National Instant Background Check System (NICS) (*family sales would be exempted) Ban Bump Stocks, Hellfire Triggers and Other Accessories that make guns fire faster Require Extensive Training, a Written Test & a Waiting Period for all Sales to 18 to 21 year old purchasers Strengthen National Instant Background System (NICS) – require federal agencies to improve their reporting standards and encourage/mandate states to follow suit Pass and Implement Extreme Risk Protection Order Legislation – common sense legislation by which a person who is an extreme risk to themselves or someone else is temporarily separated from their weapons until they are well again Establish a Data Integration System whereby all law enforcement and mental health intelligence is accessible in one database Implement Social Strategies Developed From Sandy Hook (Stop School Violence Act, Know the Signs Programs), Columbine/Rachel’s Challenge (Awaken the Learner Program) & Other Organizations that promote common sense initiatives Support Independent Government Research into Gun Violence that cannot be used by government lobbyists of any political party We are tired of our legislators neglecting the demands of their constituents to keep our children safe in schools and to keep innocent people from losing their lives. We EXPECT our ELECTED officials to stand up to the NRA and to pass gun legislation that has widespread, bipartisan support NOW. We expect you to take the steps necessary to make our society safer for everyone to enjoy.

Joan Cole
31 supporters