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Petition to Nebraska State Senate, Pete Ricketts

Nebraskans, tell the Unicameral to vote against allowing guns in our schools.

On Friday, March 9th, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law a bill that would, among other changes, allow for county sheriffs to appoint, and public schools to employ, armed "school guardians" as a defense against mass shootings. Such policies will be disastrous to the integrity and safety of public schools. Besides a litany of problems with implementing such a plan, there's no evidence that armed civilians can deter, or effectively respond to, a mass shooting. Two deputies exchanged fire with Eric Harris at Columbine. A police officer exchanged fire with Omar Mateen at the Pulse Nightclub. There were multiple armed law enforcement officials present at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Statistics gathered by the New York City police department show that even trained law enforcement officials hit their targets well below 50% of the time. That level of accuracy would make a school employee with far less training a hazard rather than a defense in a high-stress, complex scenario like a mass shooting. But ultimately, this is not a battle over implementation or efficacy. This is a battle over what kind of places we want our schools to be. It's time to make clear to our Senators that schools should be places where our students and teachers feel safe, not where they feel threatened by one another. Schools should be places where students can trust their teachers, not fear their lethality. Schools should be welcoming spaces that promote learning, health, and community, not securitized combat-zones. We cannot afford to treat this as a problem that will stay in Florida. Thirty-eight states already allow civilians to carry firearms in public schools in some capacity. If we aren't vocal, Nebraska could become one of them. Senator Steve Halloran (District 33) has already spoken in favor of arming teachers. Governor Pete Ricketts has voiced openness to the idea. Now is the time to let the Nebraska Unicameral know that guns are not welcome in our public schools. Sign this petition if you: Are a Nebraskan teacher or other school-employee who would choose not to work in a state where civilians are allowed to carry firearms in public schools. Want your state senators to publicly commit to vote against allowing firearms in public schools. Are an educator, student, or concerned citizen who wants the Unicameral to keep all guns out of our schools.  

Nebraska Educators for Gun Regulation
166 supporters
Update posted 1 year ago

Petition to Nebraska Governor, Nebraska State House

Give Nebraska a State Reptile

A couple days ago I was curious about my home state, Nebraska, and what it stood for. When I got home I looked up the symbols that Nebraska symbolizes as. What I was surprised to see was that Nebraska hasn't entirely filled out its state symbols. Amphibians, mushrooms, and a official state food are a small number of  symbols that haven't quite been decided yet. Feeling that Nebraska could add more. I thought that a symbol that Nebraska could add is a state reptile. The premise of a state reptile is nothing new. The first recognized state reptile was the common collared lizard. It was officially added as Oklahoma's state reptile in 1969 which was forty eight years ago. Currently twenty six states have a reptile to call their own, which is a little more than half the current number of American states. The states that have one even include Nebraska's border states such as Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, and Wyoming, so four out of the six states Nebraska borders has a reptile symbol. Most of the state symbols are turtles which is a common reptile throughout most of the United States, in fact the most used state reptile is the painted turtle. I'm not asking for the amount of official state reptiles that Florida has which is 3 and are state reptile, state saltwater reptile, and state tortoise. Just one recognized reptile would be enough for Nebraska in my opinion. I hope everyone considers that we should have one and that it isn't a rejected idea. Also on March 1st this year Nebraska just turned the ripe old age of one hundred and fifty years old. Wouldn't this be a fine birthday gift? I know that in the past  states didn't receive a state reptile because it didn't make it past the voting stage or the senate didn't approve, such as Minnesota and Pennsylvania. Some of the most important people in this process is the public themselves and interest they show. The only things that I want out of the chosen animal is that it's a reptile native to a large part of Nebraska and isn't an overly done animal, that's it. You can leave suggestions in comments for what you want as Nebraska's state reptile. So that was my take on the issue and I hope you like, sign, and share my petition! Also if you're wondering the picture is of a great plains skink.

Justin Sanders
19 supporters