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orlando shooting

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Started 2 months ago

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

Pass Legislation for Gun Regulation

From 1966 to 2012, almost 1/3 of all the world's mass shootings have occurred in the US. In 2015 alone, the US has seen 372 mass shootings (defined as one shooting incident that wounds or kills 4 or more individuals), killing 475 and wounding almost 2,000. Easy access to guns for those who use them for terrorist purposes is a plague upon America that cannot continue unfettered. We all remember Sandy Hook Elementary, Columbine High School, Pulse nightclub. And there are still hundreds of mass shootings that we have not heard of, hundreds of shooters that easily obtained a gun, and then hurt innocent people: mothers and daughters, sons and fathers, students and citizens. The whole world mourns for those that were lost to unrestrained gun violence. Of the 30 deadliest shootings in the US, 16 have occurred in the last 10 years. This problem is growing out of control and out of proportion. I petition the US Congress to pass three bills for gun regulation: 1) expand/regulate background check laws to require strict background checks for all prospective gun owners (gun shows, gun stores...), 2) pass federal law to require a license for gun owners and purchases, and 3) prohibit individuals on the terror watch list from obtaining a gun. (1) People don’t actually need background checks to buy guns from unlicensed sellers, as is the case with those who offer firearms at gun shows or online. At gun shows, no background check is required. In the Charleston church shooting, the killer, Dylann Roof, bought his Glock at a gun store, where he would have been required to pass a background check. Though he already had a criminal record of trespassing and drug possession, he "met the legal criteria" and was allowed to purchase a gun. (2) Right now, it is not federal law to require a license for anyone purchasing a gun or owning a gun; this is left to the states. Recently, in February of this year, a Ted talk was posted of the mother of one of the Columbine shooters. She said, "It was appallingly easy for a 17 year-old boy to buy guns, both legally and illegally, without my permission or knowledge. And somehow, 17 years and many school shootings later, it's still appallingly easy." (3) Individuals on the FBI's terror watch list are not prohibited from buying a gun. In fact, of the 2,477 prospective gun buyers monitored on the watch list from 2004 to 2015, 91 percent of the transactions were permitted.  Yes, gun ownership is a right protected by the US Constitution. But murder is not a right. Gun regulation is not about taking guns away from well-meaning citizens who want a gun, feel safe with a gun, or just want to own a gun. Gun regulation is about protecting the lives of the innocent. It is not infringing upon the rights of American citizens. It has nothing to do with the second amendment. Gun control is about decreasing the amount of mass shootings in the US. I do not want to live in a country where 20 1st graders are brutally murdered and the government does nothing to prevent it from happening again. I hope you don't either. Whether you are liberal, conservative, or moderate; Democrat, Republican, or independent; own a gun, want a gun, or neither; I think we can all agree that gun regulation, when taken seriously and implemented correctly, will protect the well-being of all of America. Please, sign my petition, and together, we can make changes that will save lives.

Connie Sun
10 supporters
Update posted 6 months ago

Petition to Kathleen Kennedy, Bob Iger, LucasFilm, The Walt Disney Company

Make Orlando Victim Drew Leinonen the First LGBT Star Wars Movie Character

Dear Kathleen Kennedy (President of Lucasfilm), Bob Iger (CEO of The Walt Disney Company), and all of those behind the Star Wars films: On June 12, 2016, the world lost one of its most passionate Star Wars fans. On that day, 49 voices cried out and were silenced by hate. One of them was my best friend, Christopher Andrew “Drew” Leinonen. He and I bonded over many things, but nothing brought us together like Star Wars. To be honest, we were actually pretty unbearable to be around when we got to talking about that galaxy far, far away. I’m writing this letter to request that Drew’s passing be honored by using him as inspiration for the first-ever LGBT Star Wars character to appear in a movie. How this is done -- using his likeness, running his name through one of those Star Wars Name Generators, etc. -- is totally up to you. You are all masters of your craft, so I know that whatever you come up with will be marvelous. This character will not only honor Drew but all of the other victims at Pulse in Orlando, including his boyfriend Juan Ramon Guerrero, and every LGBT person to ever lose their life to hate. Star Wars has never had a gay character appear on screen before, but as The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams recently said on the topic, “The fun of Star Wars is the glory of possibility. So it seems insanely narrow-minded and counterintuitive to say that there wouldn’t be a homosexual character in that world.” I can’t put it any better than that. Now is the time to act. Trust your feelings. My favorite Star Wars memory with Drew was this past March when he came to visit me in LA. When I moved away from Orlando two years ago, Drew was the most excited for me that I got a new job and he was the first person to come visit me across the country. Obviously there’s a lot of sights to see in LA, but the number one thing on our To Do List was to go see The Force Awakens together. To anyone questioning Drew’s loyalty to Star Wars, know that he bought a Force Awakens popcorn tin to commemorate the occasion -- but he didn’t want it to get dirty so he didn’t even put any popcorn in it. While Star Wars is a sci-fi fantasy world with bizarre aliens and hulking monsters, it still features characters just like us. After A New Hope, steps were taken to expand and diversify the cast, giving us the smooth-talking Lando Calrissian and Rebel pilots played by people of color. The tradition of making Star Wars more inclusive continued with the casting of Daisy Ridley as Rey and John Boyega as Finn, the main protagonists of The Force Awakens. It’s my hope that Star Wars will take another step forward by introducing their first-ever LGBT character in a movie. This is a universe with Wookies, Jawas, and Hutts, so why can’t there be a visible LGBT character on screen? This tragedy happened because of hate, but Star Wars is something that unites people, so fulfilling this request would only serve to bring more love into the world, and that's what Drew was all about. It’s vitally important that LGBT people are included in mainstream media because it will show that we don’t need to be feared or hated or hidden. We can be part of the rebellion and we can fight evil, and we can do it while being who we are with pride. Drew was a beacon of positivity in Orlando, a force that brought people together. He loved Star Wars, yes, but he also loved his friends and his family, and he was warm and welcoming to everyone he ever met. He was obsessed with tech and gadgets, so it won’t surprise you to hear his favorite characters were Darth Vader, General Grevious, and pretty much every droid. Simply put, Drew was a remarkable human being, and I can’t think of a more perfect tribute to his legacy than this. Nothing would make him happier than for all the little gay nerds out there to have their own Star Wars character to look up to. Thank you, Joshua Yehl Spread the word with #PutDrewInStarWars Joshua can be reached for interviews at contact@putdrewinstarwars.com

Joshua Yehl
11,765 supporters
Update posted 10 months ago

Petition to Buddy Dyer, Alan Grayson, Jim Gray, Tony Ortiz, Robert F. Stuart, Patty Sheehan, Regina I. Hill, Samuel B. Ings, Daniel Webster

Enact stricter weapon legislation in the city of Orlando.

Following the two back-to-back shootings which occurred in Orlando, Florida, one of which has now become the biggest and deadliest mass shooting in the nation's history, there is no question that there needs to be stricter weapon regulation in The City Beautiful. At present, it is possible for almost any person in the state to purchase and own a deadly civilian rifle, the class of weapon which includes the gun used in the deadly terrorist attack which left more than 50 individuals dead and dozens more wounded, the AR-15. These weapons have absolutely no place in an urban environment like Orlando. They are completely inappropriate for any and all circumstances in our city, and frankly, in our state as a whole. Mayor Buddy Dyer is the sitting mayor for Orlando, and as such, has the voice necessary to put legitimate pressure on our representatives in Congress. These lawmakers must work together to prohibit high-powered weapons from being owned in our city and across our state. Introducing this legislation would send a powerful message to the other members of local legislatures throughout the country, and would signal that the United States is ready for legitimate change. Signing this petition will be an indication to lawmakers that enough is enough. We need stricter weapon regulation, and this is the first step.

Adam Hartnett
41,671 supporters