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Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to FBI Director Andrew McCabe, Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke

Declare the NRA a supporter of domestic terrorism

The National Rifle Association (NRA) is no longer purely a sportsmen's organization. It spends enormously (over $3 million per year since 2013) to keep our gun policies in a retrograde, 18th century state such that there is effectually no gun control in the United States.  More Americans have died from gun violence (over 1.5 million) than from all the wars since the Revolution, and Americans overwhelmingly want some form of gun control. A sensible reading of the 2nd Amendment would allow gun ownership but 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. None of this will be regulated while the NRA is allowed to influence public policy. One of the many stupid things NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre (who earns nearly a million dollars a year) has said is that "the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." This is rarely true and unfortunately doesn't help the shooter's victims. In the latest case in Las Vegas where over 500 people were shot with automatic gunfire, the shooter was completely inaccessible and shot himself before police arrived. Mostly what the NRA does now is actively spread the demand for weapons, enriching gun and ammo manufacturers while putting Americans at increasing risk of being shot. The NRA as it stands should be declared an organization that supports domestic terrorism. The victims of Oct 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, the 2016 Orlando shooting, Sandy Hook Elementary, etc. deserve no less.  I will update this petition with links and contact information as it gains support. Please sign the petition calling for the same designation.

Chris Monroe
79 supporters
Started 6 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
57 supporters
Update posted 1 year ago

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

Remove semi-automatic weapons from public hands

On Sunday June 12 a man without known criminal history walked into a nightclub and massacred 50 innocent people. The rifle he used was an AR-15, a semi-automatic that can be purchased with relative ease in most states around the US. Semi-automatics including but not limited to the AR-15 have been the de facto weapon of choice in every surprise massacre that has consumed the US since they have been public and popular in circulation, including Orlando, FL (50 killed); Blacksburg, VA (32 killed); Newtown, CT (27 killed); San Bernardino, CA (14 killed); Aurora, CO (12 killed); and Rosenburg, OR (9 killed). In almost every case the weapons were purchased legally, with a federal background check. This is not a partisan proposition. Eliminating weapons of mass destruction from convenient access to the public is consistent with conservative moral values—to preserve a US that encourages strong family and civility—as well as liberal values. Nor is this a proposition to limit public access to normal firearms. I grew up in Wisconsin, where people regularly fill their dinner tables with deer who overpopulate the state. The tradition and weapon of choice for hunting is a single-fire rifle. Reserving our ability to hunt deer (or other animals) with semi-automatics just isn’t worth the danger such weapons pose to the general public. Eliminating convenient public access to semi-automatics and automatics is not a panacea or a silver bullet. We need to examine the psychological issues that compel these hate crimes from occurring. Reducing easy access is part of the solution—just as we do not want nuclear arms to be widely available to the public. Consider that Australia passed strict gun laws in 1996 and has not experienced a mass shooting since. This public call to action is worth my effort if it encourages one undecided, concerned citizen to examine it; conduct their own research; and arrive to the position: it’s time for us to stand up to powerful interest groups, reach across the partisan isle, and take clear and decisive action on a clear measure. We had a ban for ten years, enacted in 1994. It wasn’t perfect, in part because it expired ten years after it went into effect. This petition will be a victory if enough people in the House of Representatives demonstrate their elected mandate to rise above the political fray and work together on a new bill. A ban on semi-automatic rifles will not stop mass shootings from occurring. But the data and historical precedent show us that it will reduce the number of people who die from them. While the most violent shootings in the US span idealogical motivations, they are consistent in their weapon of choice: semi-automatic guns, mostly rifles; almost all purchased freely and legally. Orlando, FL: 50 killed with Sig Sauer AR-15-style rifle Blacksburg, VA: 32 (mostly students) killed with Walther P22 semi-automatic pistol Newtown, CT: 26 (mostly children) killed with AR-15 Bushmaster XM-15 rifle San Bernardino, CA: 14 killed with Smith & Wesson M&P & DPMS Panther Arms rifles Aurora, CO: 12 killed with Smith & Wesson M&P rifle Rosenburg, OR: 9 (mostly students) killed with Del-Ton rifle Sign this petition, share it, and tell your congressional representative to do the right thing and confidently vote the way their constituents want them to.

Nate Kerksick
610 supporters