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Petition to Indiana Governor, Indiana State Senate, Indiana State House, Mike Pence, Joe Donnelly, Todd Young, Luke Messer, Andre Carson, Susan Brooks, Pete Visclosky, Eric Holcomb, Donald Trump

New School shooting law "Ella's Law"

Due to the numerous school shootings taking place, the current law needs to be changed.  Simply because someone is fortunate enough to survive this horrific crime, the suspect, due to his age, gets less punishment! If someone has enough drive to create such immediate & long term chaos in what is supposed to be a safe place for children & teachers alike, the punishment should fit the crime!  There needs to be harsher laws/punishment for crimes of this nature! This poor girl, Ella Whistler, was shot SEVEN times & suffered numerous consequential injuries including spinal damage, not to mention the mental anguish her & her family will suffer the rest of their lives & the feelings of being safe are forever gone for them & hundreds of other students & teachers that were involved. Ella's teacher, Jason Seaman, was also shot THREE times & was fortunate enough to still tackle this 13 year old whom had TWO GUNS AND A KNIFE!  There is evidence this 13 yr old planned this & has a known history with guns.  Anyone who commits the crime of shooting at any school or any child oriented place of business, needs to be tried as an adult even if the victim/s survive!  The parents of the said suspect should be charged with the same charges as the current law is written for the minor.  Where is the justice for the victims??!!

Misti Ray
488 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to President of the United States, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Donald Trump, Florida Governor, Florida State Senate, Florida State House, Marco Rubio, Bill Nelson, Tom Goodson, Dorothy Hukill, Rick Scott


TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS FOR ABUSERS!!!!! 09/29/17 ATT: Donald Trump, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate     What is the point in a trespass or an injunction? Calling the cops or having an open case with DCF because you spoke up about abuse? So many woman are feeling this very exact thing right now. As we speak, I’m being served with papers that will change my 3 year old’s life, & unfortunately, if it goes the wrong way, it could end his life in the same instant! There are moms out there who are being arrested for allowing their significant other to abuse their children. However as we speak, there are other mom’s speaking up about the abuse to their children & themselves, & the court system is awarding the abuser some kind of custody. So throwing the abused children back in harm’s way is the answer??? Even if the courts say supervised visits---- Do you really think the abuser is going to mess up & abuse the child when he knows he’s being watched??? Please explain to me how this is better for the child? All you’re doing is creating a false sense of safety for them until the abuser is alone with that child again. Now they harmed this innocent child so bad, they might not have a future, or worse, they are dead! What is that?? A whoops?? Is that all they are?? What happened to “children are the future”??? Why are good parents, looking out for their children, being ignored in the court system??? I knew from the moment my abuser got me pregnant, that I was trapped & forever his prisoner. It was hard to feel joy during my pregnancy, when I felt condemned to a life sentence with my abuser & taking my children with me. My abuser wasn’t aware at the time, but I was still taking birth control before I found out he got me pregnant. After I found out, as much as I didn’t want to, I had my tubes tied because I never wanted him to get me pregnant again! So because of his abuse, he made me choose something so drastic & so permanent, even though I’m a good mom & I deserve to be happy & have more kids if I wanted. It’s no longer an option. The hell that is my life for 2,555 days & counting, & is still going on, even though I left him & he lost some control over me, he is now trying to regain that control by coming after our child! Even though he’s abused ALL my children & has been negligent to all of them daily. Even though he’s made their lives hell  & has traumatized them all in some way---- I’m being told by my domestic abuse advocate that “unfortunately, as much as you don’t want him to because he’s abusive—he’ll probably still get some kind of custody”.  What message is that sending to woman or their children??? I beg you to help these woman & those children in my situation, this very second! How do they stand a chance at a better life if you have the power to keep these abusers out of their lives, but won’t place a law?? If they want to go later in life & confront them when their 18--- more power to them! But I’m told as a mom, who’s trying to protect my child that I’m responsible for my child’s well-being & if the court system sends him back to hell, in an abusive situation---- how am I protecting him???? I’m fighting like hell for Leland! He’s 3 years old & has a loving mother & two older brothers, who is putting their lives at risk to stand up & fight! I’m fighting for my other children too, who also was abused by this monster & abused me in front of them! I need to be heard! My children need to be heard! If I lose this fight to protect their little brother from his abuser father, I’ve failed all of them because my other kids are worried & scared for their little brother too. They’re counting on me as their security & safety, to protect him, so he don’t end up badly hurt or dead! This has become so personal for me. Not just because there’s no law to protect MY child, but no law to protect ALL the children being sent right back to their abusers, being awarded some kind of custody, after traumatizing their child. This is the very same reason woman feel speaking up about their abuser won’t matter any ways. I’m dedicating my situation & even after, to get the system to listen to these woman & myself, as to not feel so “hopeless”, when it comes to defending our children! All the support sites for abuse & all the stories. These woman are me & I am them! The more I hear them feel its “hopeless”, makes me want to fight much harder! You can ignore me & not help my son from his abuser. You can do the same with all these other woman & their children, who have fear in their eyes. It won’t make it go away! This is a problem! Its innocent lives! At the end of the day I won’t stop being a mother, a street advocate & a fighter! If it means going to the news, the paper, social media & getting every woman’s signature who’s been abused or supports children not being told they have to go back to be abused again---I WILL! I’m a mom & I’m being told the court system wants to put my child at risk again, so am I just supposed to sit by & watch???? I am a damn good mom, who just made a bad decision in a male, but my children & I NEVER asked to be abused & I won’t stop fighting for my children! I WON’T BE SILENCED OR FEAR ANY MORE!!!!  TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS FOR THE ABUSER!!!!!!! DEDICATE A LAW TO THE INNOCENT LIVES!!! MY SON, LELAND & OTHER CHILDREN NEED A CALM AFTER THE STORM!!!!   Sincerely, Angie Eldridge -Mother -Street Advocate -Fighter         

Ang Eldridge
520 supporters
This petition won 10 months ago

Petition to Jim Wilson

Support Eric's Law, a law that requires people to report life threatening situations.

Eric's Law is a proposed "Duty to Report" law. It is named after Eric Ashby who was abandoned in the Arkansas River in Fremont County, Colorado on June 28, 2017. Ashby was on an excursion with four other people when he was swept away by the fast, class four rapids. His companions saw him desperately clinging to a rock, but they didn't call for help. They got in Eric's car and drove home and did not report the incident until 10 days later. To date (8/25/2017), Eric has not been found. A body was recovered from the river near Florence, CO (about 15 miles downstream from where Eric went in) and DNA/dental results are pending. The people who left him will not face criminal charges because Colorado's existing duty to report law only extends to instances of child abuse/neglect. A few weeks later, a young man from Arizona was discovered by an early morning dog walker, clinging to a life vest (he was not wearing it) in Vallecito Reservoir, La Plata County, screaming for help. The previous night, he and a companion went out on the reservoir in canoes. At some point, the young men capsized both canoes into the cold, deep water. The companion was able to swim to the shore, but the Arizona man was unable. Instead of immediately summoning help, the companion went home and went to bed. The Arizona man was fortuitously found by the dog walker the next morning after spending nine hours in the reservoir. When he was pulled from the water, he was in very critical condition.  Earlier this year, in Alamosa County, a young woman was abandoned after a horrific head-on collision. The driver of the car she was in did not render aid nor call for rescue. She leaves behind two very beautiful children to mourn her aching loss. That is three separate incidents, in three different counties, all within this year. The callousness presented in these cases is more than reprehensible, but we can make a difference and prevent more senseless deaths from occurring. Please support Eric's Law. It is a proposed "Duty to Report" law that requires anyone who witnesses a dangerous situation where someone's life is in danger to immediately, within the best of their ability, call 911. This is NOT a "Duty to Rescue" law that requires an individual to risk their personal safety, this is just a phone call, something pretty much everyone can do, especially in the age of cell phones. Nine other states already have this law, and we feel it is time for Colorado to step up to the plate. There is absolutely no reason someone, a fellow human being, should be left to die when help is so easily accessible. Thank you for taking the time to read this. Please sign this petition and share it with your friends and family. Together, we CAN save lives!  

Misty Morris
60,405 supporters
Update posted 12 months ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Donald Trump

Please limit the number of years any company can perform a background check for employees

I made a huge mistake when I was Younger and got a felony as a result of a very bad decision. I received 3 years supervised probation and fines as my sentence which I completed without any problems. In my eyes, I had paid my debt to society and have honestly changed my ways. I had an Associate Degree prior to this felony in Physical Therapy Assisting, however 10 years later I still find it very difficult to land a decent job. I don't know how many times based solely on the application and interview process, that I have been offered jobs. But it never fails, when the subject of a background check comes up, any job offer extended to me is always retracted. I am always honest on a application if asked about my background. Those employers usually never call me for an interview. The ones that don't ask about my background on the application, usually end up offering me a job until the background check is performed. My felony is 10 years old and still shows up even though some companies claim to only perform a 7 year search. I called one of the companies that performs these background checks and asked them why my felony was showing up on a "7 year search" if it was 10 years ago. They said technically you have to subtract the sentence from the number of years that have passed. So since I received 3 years probation as my sentence, you subtract 3 from 10 yrs ago that it happened and get 7. Therefore it continues to show up on a 7 yr search. Most companies go back indefinitely when they perform a background check. It's so frustrating because I know I have so much potential and willingness to offer any prospective employer if just given the opportunity. I paid my debt to society for my wrongdoing, however it looks like I will forever be punished and judged for my mistake by society. I have a part time job now cleaning for a plant making minimum wage. I bring home $250 every 2 weeks which is hardly enough to run a home for me and my 2 children. I met with the Board of Physical Therapy about getting my licence to practice P.T. Assisting back which I lost as a direct result of my felony. They told me it was a possibility if I could get the felony expunged from my records. I initiated the expungement process myself with my former probation officer 5 yrs ago. I didn't have the money to hire a lawyer but followed the correct procedure when I filed it. However, when I called the probation officer's office to follow up on my case, I was asked if I had used a lawyer to file. When I said no, they told me they were 5 yrs behind in the expungement processes. We need new laws in how far back companies can perform background checks on prospective employees. Some people do truly regret their mistakes and change their ways. With the laws like they are now, I have no choice but to receive government assistance to help me raise my 2 children because I can not make enough money on the jobs I am forced to take. It seems as though this one poor decision will haunt me the rest of my life. Please help me in making a change in how society treats people with a criminal background. The laws in place now are truly a form of discrimination against all people with a criminal record.

Melanie Daniel
31 supporters