Petition to Congress, Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, President of the United States
Ban the AR-15 Rifle, along with Other Assault Weapons, Protect Our Students and People!
It is only mid-February and there have already been 30 school shootings since 2018 has begun. The most recent shooting we are aware of is the Valentine's Day shooting in Florida by an angry student, Nikolas Cruz, who was expelled from his high school. He used an AR-15 rifle to kill 17 students and staff, who were finishing up their school day. He had all the warning signs of a possible threat to that high school, was even reported to authorities prior to this, and nothing was done. On October 1st, 2017, during the Route 91 Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, 58 innocent people were massacred by Stephen Paddock by using bump stocks from his hotel room, which made his semi-automatic weapons become automatic. In addition, he had a collection of assault weapons in his procession. Hotel security didn't seem to question that he had huge bags of what we now know were weapons, and he kept making multiple trips to and from his car to bring these weapons to his room, in which he was staying alone. And let us not forget on December 14, 2012, when Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 innocent elementary school children and 6 staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Twenty innocent children who will never get to grow up to be a firefighter, a teacher, or even hug their parents one last time. It makes me sick. Regardless of how you feel on politics, this nation needs to come together and put a stop to this. Innocent people are dying due to these violent crimes. The AR-15 has a purpose for "hunting", many have argued including the organization titled the Gun Owners of California, but this weapon is not being used for this purpose. It is being used to kill innocent people, whether their reasons are because they are angry at the system who failed them, like Nikolas and his anger building up with his experience at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, or with Stephen Paddock, who we still don't even know his reasons for the massacre in Las Vegas, except for the fact that he was interested in doing this to several other groups of people in different locations including Santa Monica. Working in schools and with children, it scares me to think that something could happen in my schools I work in. The schools where our students are supposed to grow, to learn, and be safe. It scares me that these shootings can happen anywhere, and our government has not done anything about it. There has been much debate on gun laws, but Congress needs to come to an agreement. We need these assault weapons out of our reach. We need more safety precautions in public areas and schools in which will better protect our citizens, including our most vulnerable, our children. Please sign this petition to show Congress that we are serious, and we DEMAND reform in our gun laws. These mass shootings need to stop, and your signature will be the first step in doing so. Thank you.
Petition to President of the United States
Stronger Gun laws
Recently, there has been a shooting in Florida. There were 17 victims in this horrific event. These victims were young, innocent people. Many died because they were saving their own classmates or students. This event effected so many people, many who lost their close friends and family in this act of terror. No one deserves to go through what these people had to. We have to take control, otherwise things like these will only continue to happen. These events have happen in the past countless times, 30 of which have been this year as of February. We MUST do something about these gun laws. Incredibly dangerous weapons are EASILY falling into the hands of the wrong people. They are in the hands of regular civilians, rather than the officials and military where they belong. They are being used for the wrong reasons, they are supposed to defend us from harm not kill innocent people. We can no longer stand by and watch these things happen or wait for someone else to speak up. We Can’t JUST offer our prayers for the families, but USE OUR VOICES AND BE HEARD! Our government must take action. There needs to be change in our laws if we want to feel safer in our communitys. We NEED to fight for stronger gun laws, so things like this CANNOT happen. Our Future Children SHOULD be able to feel safe. If we don’t start taking a stand now, will we ever? If we don’t set an example For our future, who will? SIGN THIS PETITION SO WE CAN ALL BE SAFE FROM GUN VIOLENCE!
Petition to Janet Woodcock, M.D., Food and Drug Administration, United States Department of Health and Human Services
Urge the FDA to ensure the effectiveness and safety of deadly generic drugs!
I have had PTSD since I lost my 13 month old daughter to a drowning accident Christmas day of 2002. I suffered another trauma in 2009 that only exasperated the PTSD (Post Tramatic Stress Disorder). I also suffer from Bipolar Disorder, which has been well managed for years but, because of the PTSD, Wellbutrin was added to my mood stabilizer to help with the anxiety, flashbacks and depression. So, like so many others, prescription medications have helped me live a somewhat normal life. I have been taking the generic form (Bupropion) of Wellbutrin XL for many years now, only because my insurance won't pay for the brand name, which is $1800 a month. The generic Bupropion XL 300mg pills I take are small and round and made by Par Pharmaceuticals. My pharmacy started getting the drug, that I've taken for years, from a different manufacturer (Cipla USA Inc.) without notifying me. I only noticed because these new pills were oblong and larger. I did not think anything of the switch because I have always been told that the generic is the same as the name brand, just cheaper. I took one of the pills from the new manufacturer and within hours I started experiencing extreme anxiety, rapid heartbeat, muscle cramps, elevated blood pressure, headache, shivering, "brain zaps"! It was a horrible experience, and I truly did feel like I was going crazy! I can easily see where it could send someone that is already unstable over the edge! My doctor and the pharmacist were not surprised at all by this reaction from just switching drug manufacturers! I have to have my pharmacy always make sure to order the original generic brand for me now, while they are still carrying what is obviously an inferior quality drug (and I have since discovered that ALL of the Wellbutrin, and many other generics of brand names are inferior). Since that experience I've read and heard about thousands of people experiencing bad reactions from the generic form! Patients are saying that only the name brand medications work. They say that the name brand drugs do not have the horrible, sometimes life threatening and suicial/homicidal, side effects that the generics do. I have even had more of my own awful experiences (serotonin syndrome) with other generic medications since. This is crazy and dangerous! Patients cannot afford the drugs that can actually help them, and possibly put themselves at greater risk by taking the generic forms. This affects us all! Anyone who buys generic drugs is taking an added risk by not having the option to take the name brand. This is life or death for so many people already suffering from very serious conditions. Generic drug companies are in the supply chain management business, not medical research. They make cheap products that are “close enough” to the originals to be approvable under an ANDA, usually through a network of off-shore manufacturing partners and loosely regulated commodity-type suppliers. The FDA mandates that generic forms of prescription medication contain the same active ingredient as the brand name, but allows the generic product to have as much as 20% less of the active pharmaceutical ingredient. Also the agency allows the generic version to use different inactive ingredients, including binders to hold the pill together and time release agents to disperse it. That dissolution process was important with Wellbutrin XL and its generic forms because they are "extended release" drugs. Every time-release drug has a mechanism to distribute the active ingredient into a patient's system. The generic forms aren't required to have the same mechanism as their brand name. "What we found was shocking," said Dr. Tod Cooperman, the president of ConsumerLab.com. "you're getting a burst of medication coming out very early on with the generic that you shouldn't be getting." -ABC News - 2006, The first generic versions of the popular anti-depressant Wellbutrin XL were approved by the FDA. The drug comes in two dosage strengths, 150 milligrams and 300mg. The 300mg dose is generally used for patients with more severe depression and anxiety and patients who don’t respond to the lower dose. Almost immediately, the FDA started receiving reports from patients that claimed the 300mg dose was being associated with side effects and reduced efficacy. - 2007, According to The Associated Press, an analysis of Wellbutrin XL and Budeprion XL 300 by ConsumerLab in 2007 first indicated the generic released its active ingredient much more quickly than the brand-name drug. -DrugWatch.com - 2012, The FDA finally admitted that the generic of the popular antidepressant Wellbutrin XL is not as effective as GlaxoSmithKline’s original drug. New data showed that Budeprion XL 300 does not release its key ingredient correctly. The 300 mg dose of generic bupropion, sold under the name Budeprion XL and made by Impax Laboratories and Teva Pharmaceuticals was removed from the market because it didn't work as it should. The move does not apply to the brand name version of the drug, Wellbutrin XL, or other generic versions of bupropion. But the FDA asked four other drug makers to test the 300 mg strength of their generic versions of bupropion to make sure they work properly. The FDA's action was based on a study it conducted in 24 adults that found generic Budeprion XL 300 mg is not released into the bloodstream at the same rate and in the same amount as branded Wellbutrin XL 300 mg. This means Budeprion XL might not deliver the same antidepressant benefits as Wellbutrin XL. And it could explain reports from people who said their depression symptoms worsened after they switched from Wellbutrin XL to Budeprion XL. -Consumer Reports - 2013, The FDA issued a long-awaited report on the quality of a generic antidepressant. In October 2012, after unceremoniously pulling Teva's generic form of the drug the FDA required all generic forms of the long-acting 300 mg formulation to be tested to see if they were identical to the brand name Wellbutrin. The Watson form was deemed not therapeutically equivalent to Wellbutrin XL 300. The drug was voluntarily withdrawn. -peoplespharmacy.com - 2013, We get over 80% of our active pharmaceutical ingredients from abroad, much from India and China. A top drug regulator in India makes a statement regarding inspections of drug suppliers: “If I have to follow US standards in inspecting facilities supplying to the Indian market, we will have to shut almost all of those. We are not the US, the infrastructure and resources available there are much different from those in our country. Our priority is to make medicines available and affordable to all.” He also went on to say, “We don’t recognize and are not bound by what the US is doing and is inspecting…the FDA may regulate its country, but it can’t regulate India on how India has to behave or how to deliver.” BusinessStandard.com - 2015, The FDA announced that the 300mg generic version of Wellbutrin XL manufactured by Impax Laboratories and marketed by Teva Pharmaceuticals was being recalled because it did not work. And this wasn’t just a problem with one batch – this is a problem that has been going on with this particular drug for four or five years, and the FDA did everything it could to ignore it. The FDA apparently approved this drug – and others like it – without testing it. The FDA just assumed if one dosage strength the drug companies submitted for approval works, then the other higher dosages work fine also. Forbes - A Drug Recall That Should Frighten Us All About the FDA Janet Woodcock, the director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research at the FDA, told ABC News that the 300mg version wasn't tested separately because "there was concern about testing the generics in normal volunteers. We had had seizures reported, and we were worried that we would be unethically exposing volunteers," she said. ABC News - Questions Raised Over Brand Name Rx Drugs vs. Generics -2017, We had hoped that the problems with generic Wellbutrin (bupropion) were behind us. Officials at the FDA seemed more vigilant about approving this generic product. Sadly, we are starting to hear from readers again that they are experiencing problems. We alerted the FDA to problems with generic Wellbutrin (bupropion) back in 2007. It took five years for the agency to acknowledge there was a serious problem with some slow-release bupropion formulations. Although these drugs were removed from the market, we have continued to receive complaints about certain generic products. The FDA doesn’t test samples submitted by individuals. - Peoplespharmacy.com -Problems with generic wellbutrin bupropion, not again! Patient experiences: -"I do believe that the antidepressants are responsible for the suicides. I had this happen to me taking Wellbutrin. I was taking Watson 100 SR . I began being sick at my stomach becoming very very scared and fearful. I didn’t realize at first what was happening . The more I took and the longer I took it the more depressed and suicidal I got. Then I got the 75 milligram Apotex brand in the first day I took it I knew something wasn’t right. I was almost hysterical, crying, wanting to die. I finally had it compounded thinking that would be better and the same thing happened. When I went to increase the dose thinking that I wasn’t taking enough that I became much worse. Too scared to leave the house and very very suicidal. Until it happens to you it’s hard to understand. When it is caused from the medication the feelings are so strong. It’s because the medicine changes your brain you become very depressed with no reason to live. These drugs are very very dangerous! That was two months ago and I’m still dealing with the anxiety which I never had before taking these meds and suicidal thoughts. It did something that changed me. This was three different generic brands of Wellbutrin !!! If consumer labs can test these then why can’t the FDA? Every one of the generic wellbutrin should be pulled from the market until the FDA test each one instead of letting the company test them and submit the report." - Helen -“Within the last 2-3 weeks of taking the same dosage, but a new manufacturer, I am having suicidal ideations. These thoughts are persistent. I have never considered thoughts such as these…ever! This manufacturer was just approved. It’s an oblong, white pill.” -John -"Over the years I have taken several different versions/brands of generic wellbutrin xl, none of them was ever 100%. It generally changed when the pharmacy just switched with out letting me know. However I have never had any real issues until about a year ago when I was switched to a white pill apparently made by watson. I began having severe heart issues, high blood pressure, serious anxiety, etc. I didn’t put the two together until 6 months after I had been to the cardiologist several times. I never had any issues and previously wasn’t aware of the “allowances to generic makeup”. After stoping the medicine I felt 80% better within a week and did some research only to find that there are 13 additional inactive ingredients in the current watson version than there are in brand name, 7 additional inactive ingredients than the previous version of watson and 9 additional ingredients than the Teva/Par version!!! - K -“My Wellbutrin XL 300mg was changed to bupropion and within 3 months my family was concerned. I was showing traits of when I first broke down. I called my doctor, went in, took the bottle with me. She cancelled that immediately and put me back on Wellbutrin and told me to always make sure every doctor put “DAW” (dispense as written) on further prescriptions. Within a few weeks I was doing fine. "Since then I question every generic as there is not enough info as to where it is made, what country made it, what was in it, etc. Why should we depend on foreign countries to take care of our basic medical needs when they are not as developed as this country is. That is turning our lives over to questionable facilities.” - Carol -"I found the best generic “FOR ME” is a round, coated tablet with the imprint “A 102” I have gotten friendly with my pharmacist, due to the issues I’ve had over the years, she knows “A102” is the only one I can take. She works hard to make sure I’m taken care of. She tells me there are several different generics on hand in the pharmacy. They typically grab the 1st bottle on the shelf & fill the script.Find a pharmacist you feel comfortable talking to & explain what’s going on. My reactions to another generic was SEVERE! It’s OVAL & it is NOT coated. I don’t recall the imprint.I became severely depressed, almost immediately & extremely suicidal in less than a week. This has happened 3 different times, over many years, before I figured it out. There is definitely a difference when it come to generics!" -"I have tried the Sandoz manufacture brand and its awful. The first night I had ringing in the ears and dry mouth. I also started off with a shocking pain in my knee. I cut it in half and was having these phantom itches on my back and then hair loss. I'm trying to find a pharmacy that carries the Mylan brand. I also started getting huge pimples.. Now my immune system is being compromised with sore throats and cold sores. Not good." - Aluviel This is not just a problem with psychiatric medications, it's all generic forms of the brand name drugs that can be inferior and/or cause alarming side effects: “My daughter started having grand mal seizures at 10 years old in her sleep. Despite many tests, they could never find the cause of her condition. At first she was only having a few seizures in her sleep lasting between 20-60 seconds. When she was around 13 the seizures were happening more frequently, about once a month instead of a few times a year. “At this time I decided to put her on meds. They started her on Keppra 500 mg twice a day. No seizures for 25 mos., not one. We thought we were in the clear. Then the generic came out and the insurance company will only pay for the generic because of course it all comes down to money. “The pharmacy informed me there is no difference between the generic and the brand and just switched her without even notifying or asking the doctor. Since then she has been having relapse seizures. Every month the pills are different shapes, sizes, and colors. My neurologist informed me there are 28 different companies that manufacture this drug and none of them can be 100% identical. The doctor is very adamant about the generics being responsible and he is outraged by this. He has many patients experiencing the exact same thing with the generic form of Keppra." -E.P. A quick google search will find thousands more of these personal stories. Despite what the big pharm companies and the FDA want you to believe, this is real and it can happen to anyone. *** Please ask the FDA to Protect us from these drug companies and sub par manufacturing standards overseas and assure our safety when taking medications we so desperately need by testing the generic substitutes as stringently as the brand names. There has been no incentive for companies to actually produce bioequivalent drugs or pure pharmaceuticals. Systemic violations have been ignored or undetected for years. Generics should not have less active and different inactive ingredients, including binders and time release agents, than the name brand drugs. If we cannot get the brand name psychiatric medications we need, due to the incredibly high costs, then they should ensure the quality, effectiveness and safety of generic drugs before allowing them to be given to patients who trust the Food and Drug Administration to do it's job. Notify the FDA of any adverse side effects when using drugs and devices the agency regulates by reporting them online to MedWatch, or by telephone at 1-800-FDA-1088. Please, if you are feeling suicidal call 1-800-273-8255 or 911 immediately
Petition to Everytown for Gun Safety, Brady Campaign, Coalition To Stop Gun Violence
Demand a National Firearms Act in 2018 like we did in 1934
Parkland, Sandy Hook, Columbine, Orlando, Las Vegas... The list of mass shootings in the United States goes on and on. Our children are dying because of angry men who have easy access to military-style assault weapons, bump stocks and ammunition that allows them to kill dozens of innocent people in a matter of seconds, whether or not they are mentally ill, have criminal records or links to terrorist organizations. It's time to pass a National Firearms Act of 2018 that echoes the one passed in 1934 because of public outrage over the St. Valentine's Day Massacre that was facilitated by the use of use of Tommy guns, the equivalent of AR-15 rifles of today, by gangsters like Al Capone who were in cahoots with corrupt politicians in Chicago and other US cities. As the NYT article (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/16/opinion/how-the-st-valentines-day-massacre-changed-gun-laws.html points out, The National Firearms Act of 1934 took away the right of all private citizens to own Tommy guns and "required NFA designated firearms to be registered and taxed. The $200 tax was quite prohibitive at the time (equivalent to $3,659 in 2017)." (For more information on the NFA, go to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Firearms_Act The banning of automatic firearms, together with prohibitively high taxation, greatly reduced the number of gun deaths in that era. We need national legislation, not piecemeal state-by-state and city-by-city laws to solve our national crisis of gun violence. To get rid of existing assault weapons, we could also demand that gun manufacturers be taxed to pay for buying back of all assault-style weapons, just as Australians did in their national referendum following the mass shooting in Port Arthur in 1996. The referendum in Australia did not cause a "slippery slope" to take away private ownership of hunting and sporting guns by Australian citizens, which gun control opponents in this country so fear if a buy-back program were to happen here. There has not been a mass shooting in Australia since the national referendum in 1996. Why can't we have the courage to do the same thing? Let's keep Valentine's Day a day of love, not a day of mourning!
Petition to Texas State House, Texas State Senate, Greg Abbott
Texas: No more armed schools
*We are looking for a passionate signer with a connection to the issue to take ownership of this petition. Interested? Click here to learn more.* A year after a mass shooting at a Texas high school in which eight students and two substitute teachers were killed, lawmakers are considering passing a measure that would put more guns in schools. Teacher groups and activists on the topic worry that more guns in the classroom will lead to more deadly accidents. It could potentially lead to violence against black and brown students due to systemic biases. As a scholar who focuses on the school to prison pipeline said: "If we can't even treat black and brown students with respect when all they're doing is walking or talking, why would parents feel safe if we're then arming people who are not law enforcement or increasing the amount of law enforcement at school?" In the last five years, there have been more than 65 reported incidents that involved the mishandling of a gun in a classroom that is using the marshal program. This includes a teacher’s gun falling to the floor and a security guard forgetting and leaving his gun in a room. There hasn’t been interest in the program from educators. In fact, one of the three entities that run the program in the state had to cancel it last year because of lack of interest. In one instance, a principal at a Texas school that already had its own police force and who had no previous military experience expressed interest. A bill that has bipartisan support just passed in the state that was designed to get more mental health counselors into schools and to create “threat assessment teams” that would help identify potentially dangerous students before they act. More guns doesn’t necessarily equate to safer schools, and it’s a big risk to take. Urge Texas to not pass the bill putting more marshals into the state’s schools.
Petition to Ms. Sharp
Diamond Middle School Website: Offer A Google Form to Help Report Depression
In addition to hurting many people worldwide, depression is a major factor in motivating people to become school shooters. This Google Form, linked at https://forms.gle/A86RZejeSxYqL85V8, has the potential to help counseling staff at Diamond determine which students are depressed and need help, and can also make it easier to identify depression among members of the Diamond community. If a revised version of this form, which is approved by experts at Diamond, is published on our school website, anyone will be able to identify if someone has depression, and get them help so that they don't have to suffer. The point of this petition is to show school officials, including Ms. Sharp, that students believe that Diamond would benefit from having a version of the form as a resource on the school website. If you sign this form, you will be agreeing that it would be helpful to have this form on the school website, and that you would use it if you suspected someone was depressed. If this form works at Diamond and does reduce depression among members of the Diamond community, then maybe we can reach out to other schools and give more people the ability to use a form such as this one. If you want your school to have a form like this, feel free to sign!
Petition to Donald J. Trump
Grant Kendrick Castillo the Medal of Freedom Posthumously
Kendrick Castillo Thwarted a possible disastrous school shooting in Denver, Colorado this week. Without hesitation and putting his classmate's safety and life over his own, he tackled one of the potential shooters which allowed other classmates to disarm both attackers. Kendrick sacrificed his own life to save each and every student/child in STEM Highlands school that day. If anyone is deserving of the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a civilian American, it would be Kendrick Castillo.
Petition to Colorado Department of Transportation, KHOW , John Hickenlooper, Jared Polis
Rename C470 (from Bowles to Platte Canyon) the Dave Sanders Memorial Highway
William "Dave" Sanders was tragically killed at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999. Coach Sanders died a hero that day - making the ultimate sacrifice and risking his life to save an untold number (in the hundreds, if not more) of students from two killers. Thanks to him, those students all went home to their families that day. He, however, did not. While many people may remember the killers, this is about remembering the hero: Coach Sanders. Coach Sanders is the epitome of what it means to be a Coloradan. He was a honest and hard-working family man. He loved all things Colorado - the Broncos, Nuggets, and Rockies; camping; and BBQs. He was Colorado through and through. This petition is to rename the stretch of C470 between Bowles and Platte Canyon the "Dave Sanders Memorial Highway." As a true Coloradan who IS the legacy of Columbine, we hope that you will join us in supporting this initiative. Let us honor Coach Sanders with action and leave his long-lasting legacy for all of Colorado.