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sandy hook

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Started 7 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
269 supporters
This petition won 4 years ago

Petition to Rachel Maddow

Go on a coffee date with Sarah Clements

Sarah Clements, daughter of a Sandy Hook Elementary School teacher and senior in high school, has taken the tragedy of the Sandy Hook School shooting on 12/14 and transformed it into a catalyst for changing the world. She founded the Jr. Newtown Action Alliance to help teens use their voice and take action on issues in their own style. Local, State and Federal legislators know her by face and name after her many correspondences, meetings, articles, and trips to Congress. And every step along the way, she has served as a leader inspiring other teens to do the same. And it's not just the Newtowners who appreciate her leadership and passion. Just last month the PeaceJam organization had her as their keynote speaker for their SouthEast region. Generation Progres, a division of the Center for American Progress has worked closely with her while developing a nation-wide coaliition for youth organizations that launches later this month. But more than what she does, Sarah is best know for who she is. Like her idol Rachel Maddow, you are unlikely to find her in a suit and heels. She is real, genuine, and down-to-earth approachable. She is as at ease with a loner teen as she is with a leader of our country. At a recent PeaceJam event, none of us were surpised to see two different people stand up to explain what inspires them in life - the way they have interacted with, and felt supported by, Sarah. Tenacious. Well-informed. Civil. Engaged. Intelligent. Sincere. We know Rachel Maddow will have a wonderful time chatting with Sarah because they have so much in common... that is, if Sarah will remember to breathe in the presence of her idol.   1. CNN:  http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/08/us/newtown-six-months-later/index.html?iref=allsearch 2. Hartford Courant: http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-newtown-activists-gun-control-20130921,0,5429224.story 3. Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sarah-clements/newtown-students-gun-control_b_4018945.html 4. The Daily Orange: http://dailyorange.com/2013/10/rodgers-millennials-hold-power-to-shift-culture-of-gun-violence-school-shootings 5. Generation Progress: http://genprogress.org/voices/2013/10/16/22476/newtown-activists-respond-to-claims-that-gun-reform-legislation-has-faded/ 6. PeaceJam SouthEast http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vbd2AYIPiuo  

Ellie Nikitchyuk
382 supporters
This petition won 4 years ago

Petition to Senator John McKinney, Senator Martin Looney, Connecticut State House, Connecticut State Senate, Connecticut Governor

Keep Sandy Hook crime scene information private: Urge the CT legislature to pass HB 6424

We are parents and family members who lost children in the terrible tragedy at Sandy Hook elementary school in December 2012. We're coming together to urge the Connecticut legislature to pass a law that would keep sensitive information, including photos and audio, about this tragic day private and out of the hands of people who'd like to misuse it for political gain. Michael Moore and the hoaxers want to publish this gruesome information. For the sake of the surviving children and families, it's important to keep this information private. Other gruesome scenes have been kept private -- like the scene around Congresswoman Giffords shooting, Vince Foster's suicide, and Dale Earnhardt's automobile accident. This crime has received such international attention, it should be afforded the same treatment. Supported by: Nicole & Ian Hockley (parents of Dylan), Mark & Jackie Barden (parents of Daniel), Jimmy Greene & Nelba Marquez-Greene (parents of Ana), Jeremy Richman & Jennifer Hensel (parents of Avielle), Erica Lafferty (Dawn Hochsprung's daughter), Shannon & Brian Engel (Olivia's parents), Michele & Bob Gay (Josephine's parents), and Tricia & Dean Pinto (Jack's parents)

Nicole & Ian Hockley (parents of Dylan), Mark & Jackie Barden (parents of Daniel), and Jimmy Greene & Nelba Marquez-Greene (parents of Ana)
107,752 supporters