Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
Put a stop to unstable gun holders—not the guns themselves
For now, let’s focus on stopping the criminals, not the weapons. Let’s face it: when it comes to gun control, people tend to have a strong opinion on it. With no side willing to give in, nothing is being done about the continuingly increasing mass shootings here in the U.S. So why don’t we attack this issue in a different way? I was recently informed that the number of guns in the U.S. is about the same as the number of people (despite this, only about 1 in 3 households actually possess one as of research found in 2015). With so many guns already in the U.S.—and the more in the making to fit the increasing demand—it’s unreasonable to completely ban guns. Besides, banning guns doesn’t mean getting rid of them. Not only will it cause a riot, but the vast amount of guns already existing will be hard to retrieve and could remain in circulation for the next 300 years alone. On the other hand, NOT banning them doesn’t prove to be the best idea either, according to the many recent mass shootings. But there’s a solution. Instead of following the unending path of whether we should ban guns or not, we should focus more on the bearers of the guns themselves. There’s a trend with most of the recent mass shootings—all of them had warning signs of some sort. The Texas shooter showed signs of instability, yet no report of some sort was filed to keep him from obtaining a gun. Other shooters all showed signs of instability which friends and family took notice to—one’s parents took the car batteries out of his car every night for this reason—but no one spoke out. So instead of questioning the law, how about we question the mental health of people before they can obtain such devastating weapons, then offer some some sort of reform or therapy to fix the problem? I don’t think I’m the only one in the U.S. that cares about this matter, especially because it concerns the safety of my family, peers, and myself. For now, let’s focus on stopping the criminals, not the weapons.
Petition to NBC, CBS, FOX News, CNN, BBC, ABC
Stop Making Shooters Famous
We have sociopaths with guns and a death wish that want to be remembered for how they died: by taking as many innocent lives as possible. They know their name and picture will appear on every news channel for weeks, and they will be remembered forever. This provides incentive for mentally ill people to commit mass murder. The more you kill, the more famous you'll be. Let's stop giving these people what they want. Let's send a message that they will receive NO FAME and NO RECOGNITION for what they've done. They will never be famous. No one will remember them. Let's encourage every news station to pledge that they will NEVER release names, photos, or details of these murderers. The goal is to discourage these mentally ill people from wanting to make a name for themselves and become famous by committing mass murder. The hope is that it'll result in fewer occurrences of mass killings.
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.
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.