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Mass Shootings

373 petitions

Update posted 1 month ago

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.

Chris Monroe
2,465 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to President of the United States, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives

Limit civilian purchasing of semi-automatic rifles without protective measures

Regarding donations: Change.org asks for donations to promote this petition to additional viewers. PLEASE DO NOT FEEL OBLIGATED TO DONATE MONEY TO THIS PETITION- I THINK MONEY CAN BE BETTER SPENT ELSEWHERE TO DIRECTLY SUPPORT THIS CAUSE. This money goes toward promoting this petition and the Change.org Foundation —it does not go toward semi-automatic limitation measures or non-profits. I WOULD PREFER IF YOU DONATED MONEY TO NON-PROFITS SUPPORTING THIS EFFORT. If you feel inclined to donate money, take a look at Giffords.org. _________Today, March 22nd, 2021, marks yet another mass shooting event. This occurred in a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado. The assailant used an AR-15 during the attack. While Americans have the rights detailed in the 2nd amendment, continuing to allow civilians access to semi-automatic rifles with such ease poses a grave danger to our society. Many hunters reading this post may not agree with the idea that we should limit the ability for all civilians to easily obtain semi-automatic rifles, specifically because many states allow the use of them when hunting. However, with enhanced and safer permitting practices, hunters could keep these guns if they feel strongly about their benefits when hunting. It would benefit our society greatly if we modeled some of our gun licensing practices after the U.K, for example: Certain civilians who are deemed as not a danger to society could acquire guns after interviews and review by a government entity. Hunters and other special groups can apply for more dangerous guns, like semi-automatic rifles, and go through the same process. The U.S. House of Representatives, Senate and Executive Branch need to take even the smallest steps and, at a minimum, implement a ban on selling semi-automatic rifles to civilians with no background check or approval processes. In addition, for those who currently own semi-automatic rifles, develop a plan to confirm their permits are active and all relevant protective measures have been performed (interviews, background checks, etc.) For those who are safely using guns, this petition should not challenge your protections under the 2nd amendment. Instead, this will ensure that your responsible use of guns is the one remembered by our society, rather than the use by the assailant who shot your friend’s cousin during his trip to the grocery store. NOTE: on March 12th, 2021, a week before this massacre. Boulder lawmakers blocked a policy of this nature. Read more here.

Claire L
6,442 supporters
Update posted 1 year ago

Petition to United Nations

USA Must Adopt the International Declaration of Human Rights NOW in 2020.

The current human rights document of the U.S. government is a literal ancient scroll, all whipped out by a bunch of slave owners to allow human rights to “all men”... as long as those men were white, straight, a flag worshipper, and a certain type of protestant Christian deemed to be within “proper christianity”. The U.S. constitution is an incredibly old, outdated and dangerous piece of paper. But it’s still in use, with its militant supporters screeching against every attempt to tear it down. The U.S. constitution supports the lethal national crime of civilian gun ownership in the 21st century, when we live in an age where hundreds, if not thousands of Americans are shot and killed by other ordinary citizens with guns every month. Even with all the gun laws and limits on what guns people can buy, plenty of crimes are also committed by citizens with background checks and legal, non-assault style guns on a regular basis. The complete halt of gun violence cannot be guaranteed until all guns are completely seized and banned from all ordinary citizens and all cops. Cops also shoot and kill innocent unarmed civilians on a regular basis in the U.S., so citizens with these easy-to-use weapons aren’t the only problem. Gun stores, militant pro-US gun owners on social media and gun shows are also a major nationwide problem. Next, the constitution does not recognize Native American rights, nor does the constitution support any rights for anyone outside the tight-knit circle of that imaginary US empire that pro-constitution wingnuts have in mind. The constitution refers to indigenous Americans as “indian savages” and further proves that the USA is guilty of the genocide of millions of indigenous Americans since 1491. ACTUAL QUOTE FROM THE CONSTITUTION: “He has excited domestic Insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the Inhabitants of our Frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known Rule of Warfare, is an undistinguished Destruction, of all Ages, Sexes and Conditions.” And to keep it short, the U.S. constitution uses outdated, overly difficult English. The international declaration of human rights uses much easier english, is much more accessible, advocates against violence, and advocates for all people’s rights, not just the straight white “ideal” American.   Don’t be intimidated by stupid pro-gun/pro-Uncle Sam/pro-child abuse wingnuts on the internet. You, the peacemakers, have much greater power than those angry potbellied 2DA/second ammendment pushers on social media.

True Understander
13 supporters