Petition to CNN, Jeff Zucker
CNN must terminate Sally Kohn for anti-Christian bigotry
Sally Kohn is a contributor for CNN, my preferred cable news channel. With that influence she has routinely slandered people. She went too far this time. She is a hateful bigot and her contributor contract must be terminated or suspended for 3 months for her disgusting, bigoted tweets that slander Christians and people who choose to love God in a different way than her own. Sally Kohn really is blaming Christians for the slaughter of our gay brothers and sisters in Orlando. You can call CNN at (404) 827-1500.
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 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. There are many pieces to the complicated puzzle that is gun violence prevention. This is not the complete solution, but it may save a few lives. That’s all that counts.
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.