Mass Shootings

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Petition to Chris Van Hollen, Ben Cardin, Vanessa Atterbeary

Clarksville Middle School Walkout to End Gun Violence

I am calling on the students and faculty of Clarksville Middle School to join communities across the nation who are demanding action to protect schools from gun violence. Inspired by the courageous young people in Parkland, Fla., and across the nation, students, parents, educators, school staff, administrators and community allies join together on April 20, 2018, the anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting, for the National Day of Action Against Gun Violence in Schools. Together, we will take up the students' call of “No more.” American students will walk out of class and protest. Clarksville Middle School must stand with those demanding leaders work to make the Stoneman Douglas shooting the last of its kind. It could be a rally and walk-in before school. It could be a campus rally, a moment of silence or a schoolwide assembly, or wearing orange. No more children murdered in school. No more parents sending a child to school who never comes home. No more teachers, coaches, principals, librarians or any school staff standing between students and a gunman. No more. Please sign my petition to do a walkout to end gun violence. Together, we will send a message that we won’t tolerate any more inaction on this issue.  

The Greenie Girl
113 supporters
This petition won 3 days ago

Petition to Senator Marco Rubio


We need commence gun control now, including the following: * Restrict and regulate civilian ownership of weapons designed for warfare, including assault weapons. * Assess thorough psychological tests and background checks before acquiring any sort of arsenal. * Close the gun show loophole. * Limit high capacity ammunition magazines. * Create certificates of ownership for firearms, similar to automobiles, which should be governed by similar regulations, including the need for training, testing, and insurance. We are asking people to come together in the wake of yet, another one of the deadliest mass shootings in modern U.S. history, and to stand up to the NRA by calling for an end to senseless gun violence. Marco Rubio has accepted $3.3 million from the NRA. This money should be donated towards the families affected by this tragedy rather than for Rubio to stay silent and continue to support gun rights. Believe it or not, his actions have played a role in the tragedy that recently transpired. The events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has ranked as one of the most deadliest school shootings in the country’s history. So while Rubio – who earned an A+ from the NRA – is busy trying to avert attention from the real issue at stake, people have centralized in on the hypocrisy of his comments. Parkland. Sandy Hook. Columbine. Virginia Tech. Sutherland Springs. Las Vegas. Aurora. How many more innocent victims must die at the hands of an anachronistic and misconceived amendment? Enough. It's time to say that thoughts and prayers are no longer enough in the face of gun-related tragedies. We need meaningful action. As youths living in the 21st century, we must speak the truth and refuse to be silenced by fear in the wake of this tragedy. We are the generation that must act accordingly to strive for a better and safer future. Assault weapons and all weapons of war must be regulated and managed more meticulously and conscientiously. We simply cannot fast track the use of silencers or allow public access to armor-piercing ammunition. Mandatory wait periods should be enforced, during which time a thorough background check, psychological and medical evaluation, and character references should be assessed. Gun show loopholes must be stopped. Ammunition should not be sold online. More accountability should be placed in the hands of retailers. When patrons refuse wait periods, authorities should be notified. Training and testing should be mandatory, as should a renewal process that includes many of the above-mentioned evaluation terms.  I would hope that we could all agree to submit ourselves to these terms. Currently, it's easier to go to a gun show and pick up a firearm than it is to obtain birth control. Acquiring and owning a gun should be at least as controlled as getting a license to drive a car. Rubio, you have the power to help us make the difference that will prevent future mindless tragedies and the citizens that you represent safe. Gun control alone is not the whole of the solution, but it's a start. And if it saves one sweet life, it's worth it. Please help us to cease gun violence together!

Daniella Ellison
2,835 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

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.

Andrew Zweigel
7,284 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

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. 

Natalie Small
7,325 supporters