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


UNITED REVOLUTION INITIATIVE (A.K.A. – The Counselor Self-Development Act) UNITED REVOLUTION – PEOPLE UNITING AND SERIOUS ABOUT MAKING GREAT CHANGES Mandate that the Department of Education provide anger management and relationship management classes as required fields of study within its public education core curriculum.  Anger management (ability to exercise proper coping skills for stress and anxiety) and relationship management (ability to initiate, build, and maintain proper relationships) are essential sciences for everyone’s emotional, social, and interpersonal development.  These areas have never been required for students to study in K-12 and may be one of the major reasons why a person is more easily influenced to commit violence and maintain dysfunctional relationships with others.  WE NEED TO IMPLEMENT BETTER PROACTIVE MEASURES Many measures to counter gun violence have been reactive with little result.  Many people are upset that the U.S. House of Representatives just passed a school safety bill but made no attempt to address gun control laws.  Many believe that no action on gun control means that politicians don’t want to “rock the boat” and possibly thwart their chances at re-election and future political careers.  I suggest taking a look at our education system and change the core curriculum as a prominent proactive solution.  We are not taught certain things that would enable people to deal with anger and relationships more appropriately.  Our mass violence crisis is a direct result from a lack of self-development education that is relative to emotional and social growth.  We need to include important self-development education in our public education system so that our children are taught how to deal with life’s unfavorable circumstances more appropriately.  The added self-development education will definitely make a difference by strengthening the emotional and social development of our children (future leaders).  The added field of study will be categorized as Emotional/Social Development. REMEMBER, WE CAN NOT CONTROL HUMAN BEHAVIOR FOR IT IS HIGHLY UNPREDICTABLE Gun policies have become exhausted and will not be the only answer in suppressing the mass violence that we are experiencing today.  It seems that mass violence today is a trend due to the sensationalism of it by our media and has been a keen popular vent for people who have resorted to killing in order to deal with their pain and want to become infamous in the process.  In the midst of our gun control movement after the infamous Valentine’s Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, school shootings are still happening at the same rate.  Just recently, a school shooting at Great Mills High School in Maryland occurred which has gotten national attention.  I want to ad that the Great Mills resource officer was obviously not a deterrent for the shooter. The primary focus and attention given to rectify our pressing mass violence crisis has fallen on the shoulders of politicians to pass more gun laws.  But because criminals don’t obey laws along with an enormous black market for guns, mass violence probably will not end and that is the hard reality of the situation.  Remember, we can not control human behavior for it is highly unpredictable.  Our mass violence crisis still exists at alarming rates so we need to implement other countermeasures to counteract the violence instead relying solely on politicians to pass more gun laws. Today, mass violence and other senseless acts of violence are being committed by people who may or may not have criminal records.  Many of these people have not experienced anger management until they are mandated by the court to do so.  It is not until a person displays some type of emotional outburst before he or she starts to get attention and the possible intervention that is needed to solve their behavioral issues and that is not enough.  Therefore, we need to cast a wider net and make sure that there is some measure in place to ensure that all citizens are given some form of anger management and any other self-development lesson that is needed to deal with emotional and/or social issues properly. VIEW MASS VIOLENCE LIKE AN EPIDEMIC AND TREAT IT LIKE A DISEASE; IMPLEMENT COUNTERMEASURES TO ALL SIDES We need to view our mass violence crisis like an epidemic and treat it like a disease where we apply countermeasures to all sides.  In addition, we need to do a better job at policing ourselves and take more responsibility and accountability for what we are doing instead of easily placing the blame towards the wrong entity.  We must strive to become better than what we currently are so that we respect ourselves at the highest levels and in-turn respect others’ lives at the same degree.  So we don’t only need the passage of working gun laws but also need productive mental health, proper education component, and other pertinent measures as well. Since we live in a free society where citizens have the dignity to choose, we must forego instant gratification or any type of quick fix for solving a crisis such as mass violence especially when it involves human behavior.  But we can condition people to operate on a higher level that shuns all aspects of senseless violence by helping them to learn and develop characteristics needed for proper problem solving and relationships with others.  We can help people become centered emotionally, personally, and spiritually, and develop the wisdom needed to acknowledge that growing of the mind is constant and we should continue to grow if we desire to become better than what we currently are. THE ABILITY TO INITIATE, BUILD, AND MAINTAIN PROPER RELATIONSHIPS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PROCESS IN LIFE AND OFTEN UNDERESTIMATED The same goes for people who don’t know how to foster basic friendships with others.  Engaging in relationships is the most important process in life and often underestimated.  The premise of To Live Is To Help Others Foundation’s (TLITHOF) philosophy stems from the fact that relationships is the core of our existence from birth to death.  We are dependent on others for the realization of life itself, food, aid, and comfort throughout life because we can not do it alone. We are conceived, born, and live our lives in relationships.  Relationships form the context for all other aspects of our lives.  Therefore, TLITHOF believes it is important to lead in the effort of influencing others to help people who are in need of supreme public service.  Many people find it difficult to initiate, build, and maintain relationships on all levels (acquaintance, friend, intimate, etc…) because we are not professionally taught to do this in our society in K-12.  It is not until a person realizes that he or she is wasting time in and out of short-term relationships before getting help by reading books, attending workshops, seminars, life coach, psychologist, counselor, etc…Being able to test for compatibility is learned in relationship management and people would save much time dealing with others if they learned how beforehand.  It is not until a person has exited high school before experiencing some type of self-development lessons related to relationships, anger management, life career change, and anything else that may be blocking their growth.  Some people go through life not experiencing any of these at all.  A person who has experienced studying the sciences of anger management and relationship management are more prone to being centered emotionally, socially, and interpersonally. The ability to effectively handle emotions of anger and foster the basic positive interactions of friendships will be actualized.  Also, the ability to use reason, logic, and rationale will more than likely be enhanced as well while building a stronger foundation of character, personality, and spirit. GOODBYE TO BULLYING AND DYSFUNCTIONAL RELATIONSHIPS BY ADDING THE PROPER MEDICINE; BULLYING IS NOT A RIGHT OF PASSAGE By making anger management and relationship management mandatory fields of study within  our public education system, over time you will see a reduction in school and public mass shootings, domestic violence, breakup violence, workplace violence, threats, physical bullying, cyber-bullying, intimidation, assaults, and other senseless gun violence mass violence and dysfunctional relationships which is more beneficial than not implementing this self-development education at all.  Self-development is a multi-billion dollar industry.  So if self-development enhances the lives of millions of people spiritually, personally, and financially, then why can’t we offer self-development to our children (our future leaders) free of charge.   We should be able to provide this education for free because it will enhance and enrich their lives well beyond what basic education provides, it will help our future leaders attain a heightened sense of logic, rational, and reason which allows for a great amount of perspective on life, better decisions and choices, and judging more correctly especially when solving problems.  Also, this will not only decrease violence and other white/blue collar crime, but will increase peace and civility among our citizens.  Above all, self-development enlightens, enhances, empowers, elevates, influences, and inspires mindsets.  This is how human behavior is changed overtime to get the results that are sought after. IF WE WANT THINGS TO GET BETTER, THEN WE HAVE TO WANT TO DO BETTER.  EVERYBODY HAS  GOODNESS WITHIN THEM AND THAT GOODNESS GIVES THEM THE RESPONSIBILITY TO MANIFEST THEIR GREATNESS In conclusion, the motion to mandate that the Department of Education include anger management and relationship management be included into the core curriculum have been delineated along with the benefits of experiencing self-development education.  The benefits of self-development exceedingly outweigh the cost and time of dealing with senseless acts of violence and the wasting of time dealing with endless cycles of short-term or long-term dysfunctional relationships. Young people especially K-12 are going to be our future leaders so we should enhance their lives since we have the ability to help them to become the best citizens that they can be at no cost of course. JOIN THE UNITED REVOLUTION AND SIGN THE PETITION SO THAT WE ARE HEARD LOUD AND CLEAR!  INSPIRE EVERYONE YOU KNOW TO JOIN AND SIGN WHETHER THEY ARE ONLINE OR OFFLINE.  ~Mahalo~  

Counselor Brock
17 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to U.S. Senate, President of the United States

National High School Walk-Out for Anti Gun Violence

We are the students, we are the victims, we are change, fight gun violence now! High School students across the U.S.A, the way to fight back is here. There has been too much complacency on the part of politicians when it comes to gun violence. The time to act is now! Public school shootings affect communities and especially teenagers. On February, 14th a High School shooting in Parkland, Florida occurred, killing 17 people. Still,  POTUS has not addressed any form of gun legislation. The majority of teenagers have no right to vote, leaving our voice unheard. The government does not hear or care how these tragedies affect our lives.  Seven children and teens are killed with guns in the U.S. on an average day ( The violence of guns is being performed in our schools and our communities. Not the Senate floor. As the future of America, it is time for teenagers to speak their minds and put their frustration into action. The Plan: On Friday, April 20th, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting I propose a National High School student walk out. Walk out of school, wear orange and protest online and in your communities. Sign the petition if you pledge to do so. Nothing has changed since Columbine, let us start a movement that lets the government know the time for change is now. #nationalschoolwalkout 

Lane Murdock
253,224 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Speaker Paul Ryan

Federally Funded Mass Shooting Research

Our hearts are with you Parkland, FL.  And Newton, Littleton, Roswell, Rancho Tehama, Las Vegas, Miami and the countless other cities which have been devastated by mass shootings. When are the rest of us going to stop pretending this doesn't affect us all? Mass shooters do not just terrorize the school campus or movie theater where they shoot their bullets.  They terrorize the nation.  These mass murders destroy families and break the spirits of communities.  But, admit it.  Though this may not have happened where you live, you wonder when it will.  Parents afraid to send their children to school, children afraid to go.  Teachers who rethink teaching because educating youth may not be worth their lives.    There is a problem to be sure.  But what is it?  Is it guns?  Is it mental health?  Maybe.  Maybe not.  Is it the lack of paid family leave that would allow parents to bond with their children when they are young or take time off to be with them when they sense something is wrong?  Is it an economy that requires parents to work so much that they are not home enough to be able to supervise their children?  Is it a sense of entitlement?  Or maybe a lack of awareness of the warning signs that we (and our children) should be reporting?  Maybe the problem is that law enforcement's hands are tied until there is an actual incident and we have no way to prevent these situations before they happen, even if we worry that someone we know has this potential.   The truth is, I do not know.  And neither do you.  More importantly, nobody does.  Since Congress enacted a provision in 1997 that bars the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from doing any research that would "advocate or promote gun control," research in this area has been minimal.  Researchers have been dissuaded from pursuing the questions to which we all want answers.  How can we solve a problem when we don't know what the problem is?  According to a research letter published in JAMA (Stark and Shah, 2017), "Compared with other leading causes of death, gun violence was associated with less funding and fewer publications than predicted based on mortality rate... In relation to mortality rates, gun violence research was the least-researched cause of death and the second-least funded cause of death after falls."  NPR quoted former House Speaker John Boehner as saying, "The CDC is there to look at diseases that need to be dealt with to protect the public health. I'm sorry but a gun is not a disease."  Maybe.  Maybe not.  But this is a public health issue.  Lest you doubt that, here are some facts: - There were 427 mass shootings in the US in 2017 alone. (         - Since 2000, there have been 263 gun-related deaths on school campuses in the US and many more gun-related injuries. (Wikipedia)  - In 2015, there were 36,252 US deaths by firearms, compared to 36,161 deaths by motor vehicle crash and 5 deaths by terrorism that same year. (JAMA, Nov. 2017). Research on motor vehicle deaths led to safety belts, air bags and booster seats.  Research on SIDS let to the Back To Sleep campaign.  Research doesn't sit on a shelf, it saves lives!  So why are we keeping our kids in car seats longer and putting them to sleep on their backs, just so we can send them to school to get murdered?  Our children deserve for us to put more effort into figuring this out. It is time for us to demand that Speaker Paul Ryan and the House of Representatives consider mass murder the public health issue that it is. #SpeakerforTruth We want to see the provisions that restrict the CDC from studying this crisis removed and, furthermore, we want to see funding for this type of research addressed specifically in upcoming long-term budget negotiations.     Please post a link of this petition to your social media accounts with the hashtag: #speakerfortruth

Tanya Holland
1,114 supporters
Started 4 days ago

Petition to James F. Hendrickson MS, James F. Hendrickson

Place Armed Guards at Our Schools

Every day we send our children to school to learn, make friends, and better themselves. To become prepared for their future and the world that awaits them. We trust that our children will be safe in the environment that the government has provided for their learning. The environment that they spend most of their time in. But there is something lacking.  Every day almost, you can turn on the news to see another heart breaking story about a school shooting. And every time I think of my children going to school and the possibility of this happening, I cry every time. This shouldn't be happening!  School shootings are a HUGE problem in our society right now. Now, don't get me wrong, there are many detailed issues that need to be addressed in our society regarding this specific problem. Gun control, mental health, bullying, home life...but there is not going to be a quick solution to any of those issues. Everything turns political and becomes an argument. We NEED A SOLUTION NOW.  I'm not saying to put any of those crucial issues on the back burner. I am saying that we need a solution to the current problem, while we spend our time working on how to solve those above issues. Because those issues are going to take time and care to be solved. Arming and guarding our schools is a solution. Why do we guard banks, government officials, government buildings, celebrities, etc with armed guards on a daily basis? To protect them. Why do our children and the future of our society not deserve the same protection? I propose that we have at least 2 armed, trained, vetted guards at each Washoe County school. Obviously, depending on the school size, there may be a need for more. I think this is a crucial and serious issue that needs to be rectified. We need to bring this to the attention of our officials and make sure they know that we want our children protected!!! I know at my kids school, every time I walk in I think of how a shooter could have their way. There is no protection. NONE. You walk in the front of the school and have free reign to do whatever and go wherever you want to. No guards, no closed entry, NOTHING. And this is what needs to change!!!!!! We NEED to protect our children!!!! 

Cristen McDade
19 supporters