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A petition to put prayer back in schools.
Recently Congress decided to vote against President Obama's proposed new gun law which extends the background check requirement to guns bought at gun shows or on the internet.
This proposed new gun law could save million of lives by preventing people with convictions or the mentally ill from buying guns. Help me change Congress decision.
We at the University of South Florida do not feel secure on campus, nor in the surrounding areas. Already, three students have been raped in the 2012/13 academic year, and considering only about one-third of rapes are reported, there have most certainly been more.
These students were unable to defend themselves from their attackers due to current Florida law banning the carrying of firearms for self-defense on college campuses. Students are also at the mercy from other criminals that abide by no laws and carry guns onto these campuses to commit heinous crimes here and across the state, such as the recent tragedy at the University of Central Florida. Conceal and carry laws have been effective in deterring criminals from committing these crimes.
We have seen gun violence drop by a third between 2007 and 2011 due to more people obtaining and being allowed to carry concealed firearms. We at the University of South Florida request that, given the existing data and our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, existing Florida gun laws be extended to all Florida college campuses to allow students to carry concealed firearms onto these campuses.
We The People of these United States have had enough of gun violence in our nation.
It does not take a scholar to see that there is a problem with our understanding and comprehension of the second amendment.
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
Stop H.243, H.124 H.125, H.335, H.336, S094, S.095, S.118 and Any Further Vermont Firearms Restriction Legislation.
Enforcing exisiting laws is all that is needed.
We need your support! As most of you know, Kevin owns THE ONLY pawn shop in Abingdon, VA & now the TOWN is trying to take that away.
The town of Abingdon is holding a public hearing at 7:30pm on Monday, February 4th in the Council Chambers of the Town Hall, 133 West Main St., Abingdon, VA about pawnbrokers of ordinances of the town of Abingdon. What we need is our customers, supporters, anybody, to just come to the meeting and speak up for this small business.
If you can't make the meeting, try to stop by the shop, K & R Pawn and Gun at 1024 West Main St. Abingdon, VA to sign our petition to keep us here - or sign this one online.
We have a lot of customers that depend on the pawn shop, we can't let it go. Thanks for all your help!
President Obama and his "gun control task force" are seeking to destroy the second amendment of the United States Constitution. The purpose of the 2nd amendment is to protect us from tyrannical governments and for self-defense.
The proposed legislation from the Obama Administration would make the vast majority of law abiding gun owners instant felons and criminals. The fact is that gun bans do not work, look at England for example, their statistics show that after the 1998 gun ban their murder rate went up by 14%.
To keep Americans safe, we need to have increased security in our schools, public places, and no more "gun free zones." Please sign this petition to help stop the gun ban, magazine ban, ammo ban, and/or any legislation that infringes on the 2nd amendment.
I'm am so torn apart inside with the death of the 20 children in Newton, Connecticut, I feel we need to honor these children and many more who were killed by guns!
By allowing children to have their own day of recognition 12/14 instead of mourning we need to hear the sound of children's laughter.
We need to spend this day recognizing how important our children are to us by spending this day with them in restaurant toy stores libraries parks theatre we need to make this day a fun fulled day. With so many parent working longer hours there is less time spent with our children.
The second amendment should never "...be subject to reasonable regulation" in the same way the other amendments shouldn't be also. It is outlandish to believe that the second amendment is for "sporting purposes" when it clearly states that a "well regulated militia" is "necessary for the security of a free state". This is precisely the reason for the founding fathers stating "the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed".
The founding fathers knew well that armed citizens were the only real guarantee we have of liberty. The American Revolution didn't truly begin until efforts were made by the British to disarm the colonists.
The answer to crimes and mass shootings will never be to limit those who obey the law. History itself tells us that armed citizens have been the deterrent of foreign invasions on U.S. soil. Isoroku Yamamoto said as much when the Japanese were planning an invasion of the U.S. in 1941.
We the undersigned are seriously concerned over the efforts of legislators to register, ban, or limit the sale and use of ALL types of firearms. We believe the only logical outcome of registering any firearm is to establish official records for future confiscation.
Furthermore, as firm supporters of the U.S. Constitution, we find it disheartening that the core values and freedoms protected by the Constitution would even be up for questioning or debate; especially when those freedoms are being challenged by those sworn to protect them. We love our country as surely as you do, so as a fellow citizens and patriots we truly hope you will vote/veto these freedom limiting bills down when they are presented to the floor, with the understanding that criminals have no respect for any gun control laws no matter how many are passed.
Since the tragedy’s at Columbine High School on April 20th of 1999, our nation has bared witness to more than it's rightful share of school shootings, massacres and terrorists acts.
The most recent of such attacks happened on December 14, 2012, at Sandy Hooks Elementary School in Newton, CT killing 20 six and seven year old children and six adults. Our children are not safe. This cannot be tolerated any longer in simple hopes of a better solution. Our children have the right to go to school and be safe from the tyranny of terrorists.
It is up to you Mr. President and our respected, elected officials to grant us the means necessary to better arm our schools and shield our beloved. This threat cannot be solved by written law to try and deter terror. Taking away guns leaves our children left to fate and that’s a risk parents are not willing to take. We want our schools armed.
ASCAT demands that every school have at least one armed Police or Military Officer on campus during school hours and extended activities after school hours. The following is a list of other demands we want to see enforced:
1. Five willing and evaluated teachers from every campus to undergo police and firearm training, licensed to carry a concealed firearm.
2. Required firearm training and carrying license for the principal of every school and have them armed on campus.
3. Gun safes in classrooms of participating teachers and principals office to restrain access by students.
4. Panic buttons placed in every classroom with a unique sound that can be delivered throughout the school and to police to alert of terrorists attacks.
5. Teacher & Staff anti-terrorists seminars and workshops.
6. Act and Respond panic drills for students.
7. Locks on classrooms with reinforced doors and glass.
8. Better front door security and reinforcements.
9. Secondary devices such as electric tasers for participating teachers and principal.
10. Secondary reinforced door access to student population.
This isn’t a battle that is going to end without a fight. For the safety of our children and our educators we must arm our schools. It is just a matter of time before this happens again and when it does we must be ready.
You can’t stop a terrorist from attempting an attack, but you can stand up against them when the attack is made.
A SAFER SOCIETY WITH GUNS
Statistics make a compelling case for gun ownership
By Jeff Jacoby | GLOBE COLUMNIST MARCH 21, 2012
THE COLORADO Supreme Court...when it ruled unanimously this month that the University of Colorado’s campus gun ban violated a 2003 state law that entitles residents with permits to carry concealed weapons.
While the University of Colorado spent much of the past decade resisting the state’s concealed-carry law, Colorado State University complied with it. If the gun controllers are right, Colorado State should have seen a surge in crime, while its gun-banning sister institution should have been an Eden of security and lawfulness. That’s not what happened...“crime at the University of Colorado has risen 35 percent since 2004, while crime at Colorado State University has dropped 60 percent in the same time frame.”
Roughly 1 of every 4 Americans reports keeping a gun to protect themselves or their homes. Having a gun makes many people — for good reason — feel safer.
Taken from The News-Dispatch, Michigan City, Indiana
CRIMINALS DON'T OBEY GUN LAWS; Jack Allgood from Michigan City High School wrote a column Tuesday titled "Guns Should Be Outlawed in U.S." I am afraid he needs some education (as opposed to indoctrination) on that subject.
The basic premise that outlawing guns will resolve violent crime is simply wrong. Why not just outlaw violent crime? The answer is the same - it is because criminals do not obey laws. They will not turn in their guns to assist the nation in becoming gun-free. Gun control laws only result in the disarming of the law-abiding public, taking away their right to defend themselves - while the criminals ignore the gun laws along with all others.
Mr. Allgood argues that the circumstances of "the right to bear arms" were different when the Bill of Rights was first written. Perhaps. But at that same time, nobody knew freedom of speech would ever pertain to photocopy machines, television or the Internet. Shall we also rein in the right of free speech on those same grounds, because the circumstances have changed from the 1700s?
It is true that gun crime was much less of a problem in the distant past. However, back then there were almost no gun control laws, either. In fact, a child could buy a handgun through a Sears catalog just by sending in an order blank and the money. The problem is not that there are more guns today, it is that there are more criminals. Please don't think that if you take away a criminal's gun, he will suddenly turn into a gentle law-abiding citizen, watering his flowers and waving "hello" to you as you pass by in safety. Guns do not make people into criminals. Taking away guns does not turn criminals into lawful citizens either.
Washington, D.C., has some of the strictest gun laws, yet amazingly the criminals do not obey them - and their gun violence rate is three times the national average. Vermont has very few gun laws - any 18-year-old can carry a concealed handgun and no permit is needed - and it is a much safer place to live. It's not the guns, it's the people.
Mr. Allgood, we would like very much to live in a safer society. However, your idea won't work, and I am not prepared to have my rights thrown away to try for the hundredth time something that does not work and has been proven not to work. In Nazi Germany the public was disarmed and only the authorities had guns. That is a common first step among dictators and it is utterly foolish to suggest that we do the same here in America. As Benjamin Franklin said, "He who gives up freedom for security deserves neither."
The U.S. Supreme Court has recently ruled that the Second Amendment means what it says, and we can be thankful for that.
Due to the past school violence and with the most recent tragedy in Sandy elementary school, leads me to have concerns with the students’ safety.
We have seen innocent people die by the hands of mentally ill persons with access to deadly weapons and that needs to be stopped before it gets to our doorstep.
Since the year 2000 we have witnessed 77 shootings in schools around the US leaving 165 students and educators dead.
This situation is intolerable and something must be done to end the madness! We can no longer leave students as sheep in a slaughter pen, they must be protected in the only way murderers understand and that is DEFENSE!
The Fort Worth Stockyards is home to many traditions that make it a trademark for Texas pride and historical enthusiasm. It has stood the test of time, survived many disasters both natural and man-made.
For over twenty years one tradition has stood unopposed until today, the legendary Cowtown Shootout featuring three individuals, a law man, and two criminals, both armed with the iconic weapons of the western age; the revolver. During an extensive and immersive dialogue that attracts both regulars and newcomers alike, the two sides simulate an almost-real experience that explodes into a shootout that ends in the demise of two outlaws.
In response to the recent tragedy at Newtown, Ct. we as parents (and taxpayers) believe there should be a military presence at every school across the country until appropriate security measures are taken.
As secure as the current systems may seem, the holes have been exposed in this latest act of violence. In order to stop an armed gunmen, they have to be met with the same at the front door. Recent census shows that there are approx. 3 million total (active & reserve) U.S. Service Members and approx. 100,000 schools.
This ratio shows that this is possible with 30 members per every school and in all reality, to ensure safety there is only 1-2 needed. Our troops as well as our government are funded through our tax money and it is about time we have a say in where it goes.
When purchasing a firearm the requirements are lenient and lacking depth.
With recent tragedies we have witnessed the horrific events that are made possible when a firearm is placed in the hands of an irresponsible/under evaluated owner.
This petition proposes that as a nation we require a form of class and/or licensing prior to the purchase of any firearm.
Including, but not limited to, sanity evaluation, awareness, and of course gun safety.
With a form of testing in order to be licensed and able to purchase/possess a fire arm.
We the people, lawful residents of the Great State of Kentucky, categorically reject any pretense that gun control laws deter criminals from possessing or using guns to commit crimes.
We believe that gun control laws only serve to unduly restrict law-abiding Missouri resident's God-given right to defend themselves from violent criminals.
19. Gun Reform Now
The tragic events at Sandy Hook elementary school is sadly just the latest on a growing list of similar horrific incidents.
President Obama has advised us to "hug our children". It is a natural place to start but we need to go further, a lot further.
I do not claim to have the answers but it should be obvious for us all to know where to start and that is gun reform.
Gun lobbyists have no rational argument that can defend these massacres. Without the guns, these massacres could not be duplicated, it is that simple?
Can we eliminate gun violence or the possibility of repeat events? No, of course not but we can start the road to change. It has to start sometime and if it begins as a result of the innocent lives lost in Newtown, Connecticut then maybe, just maybe some good could evolve from something so terrible
In 1998 Canada implemented a new fire arms law in wich extensive background checks are conducted. Licences have been denied and revoked. To date, mass fatalities have dropped as firearms are less abundant. The U.S. has a slightly similar law called the Brady Handgun Control Act, however it seems that there is no real attempt to ensure firearms are not left in the wrong hands.
True there will always be home invasions and the possibility of one being taken however the fewer the gun population, the less potential for tragedy. It is not a human right to bare arms privately, it is a privilege. Had this privilege been taken seriously by the gun owner and the government perhaps the 27 people (20 of which were elementary age children) who were shot and killed would be spending this Saturday preparing for the holiday.
Please sign this petition for tougher gun control and penalties.
After recent violent crimes in America relating directly back to the misuse of firearms, of particular note the most newsworthy being the senseless attack by a 20 year old man Adam Lanza from Newtown Conneticut entering the school grounds of Sandy Hook elementary school and the shooting spree began. Not only taking precious children's lives but teachers who started work that morning ever dreaming that anything like this could happen in their school.
In the wake of this attack many families and friends are left to mourn their losses. All the way across the world I cannot be there to comfort them in our arms but we can help sign this petition and take it to the US Government and force change.
Our children do drills for about everything that possibly could happen while in school but one that is very important and matters as much as the other drills they do to prepare for.
I am asking all parents in the Christiana school district to sign this to demand a drill made immediately to have our children ready in case of a school shooting. Today Dec. 14, 12 and the horrible events that unfolded today should be a wake up call for all of us!!
With all efforts to enact common sense gun control in the United States of America mired by special interest funding, false readings of the 2nd Amendment and an intractable congress, we understand the incredible challenges that confront any level of sensible gun control legislation.
However, the time has come for action, and we, the signers of petition, say LET’S START SMALL, and put all of our effort into outlawing JUST ONE TYPE of gun, the Bushmaster .223, used to murder 20 students and 6 teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The Bushamster .223 (SIG 556) is a semi-automatic precision assault rifle, capable of firing 700 rounds per minute from a range of up to 100 yards. It is not a hunting rifle, it is designed for warfare. And it should NOT be legal to purchase by anyone who wants one in the United States.
People who advocate against gun control frame it as a rights issue, but the 2nd Amendment was NEVER intended to grant such broad powers. Written in 1791, the 2nd Amendment specifically related to the organization of militias and the right to bear ‘muskets’.
Firearm registries have accomplished nothing but wasting Law abiding firearm owners' time and money.
Canada has disbanded their Registry as it didn't work!
Since Australia followed in Canada's footsteps to set up a registry we should shut ours down for the same reasons.
If we as lovers of our liberties allow ourselves to use the terms that our opponents use, we are destined to lose the war. If we inaccurately admit and mistakenly accept the belief that our Second Amendment rights are “civil rights”, we are in fact giving tacit approval to government to limit, deny and amend our most basic and sacred of rights. At that point our right to own a firearm or defend ourselves becomes a privilege, to be granted or denied by government! [Dennis Jackson], Keep and Bear Arms .com
The age to purchase handguns in the United States is 21 years old. Yet in most states an 18 year old is allowed to own a handgun but they cannot buy it themselves. This petition is designed to change that. The people of this country become legal adults when they turn 18.
The 2nd amendment states that we have the right to bear arms and if we are going to be considered adults at 18 there is no reason we should not be allowed to purchase a handgun and handgun ammunition.
United States firearm laws need to be changed as they no longer protect the people. There are over 40,000 firearm related incidences every year in the US, 23% of which are intentional homocides.
Going on a per 100,000 inhabitants:
America has 3.0 intentional homocides ever year; compared to
How many more innocent people need to be killed before the US government realises something needs to change?
Yes, I'm aware the guns don't kill people, people kill people but guns make it easier for people to kill people which is what they are doing.
If people who actually needed firearms had them and were licensed to have them then America would be a whole lot safer then it currently is.
But No, ANYONE can go and buy a gun "for their own protection"....protection from what? other people with guns? Can you see where i'm going? Not everyone needs a gun which would mean not everyone would need a gun to protect themselves.
The Law as it stands is now working against itself and doing the complete opposite of what it was designed to do.
Every 1 in 1.5 Americans possess a firearm, surely not everyone of those people is in the right frame of mind to hold such weapons.
Less guns = less massacres, less homocides, safer America.
Sign this petition to let your voice be heard.
Our hearts have gone out to those affected in the wake of the recent tragedy in Colorado. We may know who committed the crime, but no reason will ever be justifiable. Time will pass, but the stolen lives of the victims can play a role in the future.
As is common with such horrific rampages, we cannot help but ponder what –if any- preventive actions could have been taken. The debate here is lively, with many believing this instance, and others like it, lack a pattern and thus cannot be prevented. The events may be random and relatively few in proportion to the safety we usually encounter in our daily lives, but these mass shootings are not a mere generational event, an unheard-of travesty. Fort Hood, Virginia Tech, and now Colorado are all examples of mass shootings that have occurred since the turn of the 21st century, and various others exist beside them, unfortunately.
As it stands currently, no limit exists on the amount of guns or ammunition available to our citizens. Does this mean we must accept the threat of individuals taking innocent lives whenever they should choose to? Every life is precious and should be protected as such.
Allowing weapons to repeatedly fall into the hands of dangerous individuals is certainly not something that should be tolerated. Our country would be wise to re-evaluate how citizens attain firearms, considering that it could save countless lives.
Gun control has provoked abundant controversy in the political realm. Many Americans feel defensive about altering gun control policies in fear that their second amendment right will be somehow inhibited. The second amendment gives each citizen of the USA the fundamental right to bear arms and this petition does not believe it should be tampered with. This petition proposes new procedures that will coincide with our constitution’s beliefs. Nevertheless, all Americans also share the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and a ruthless gunmen should not infringe on these in any way.
Anyone who possesses or has experience with firearms is aware of their power and the responsibility of their usage. A breathalyzer can keep an inebriated driver off the road and save a life. Maybe it has saved yours or someone you love. You never know. The same principle applies to wielding a weapon. Precautionary measures can stop unnecessary disasters, and the same relates to guns.
The heartbreaking injustice that occurred in Colorado cannot be undone, but it can rest as the foundation for safety in our further generations. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have both given their condolences, but not addressed future measures to be undertaken. This brings me to my proposition: I challenge 2012 Presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney to discuss and introduce ideas on new policies in their campaigns that will provide greater security in firearm/ammunition distribution.
Any candidate can offer condolences; only an innovative leader can respond in a concerned and timely manner to satisfy his commitment to our country. It is simple to ask only one of the men to do so, but this incident is something each should address in the hopes of leading our nation.
For 16 years now, law abiding firearms owners have had to put up with strict gun laws after the Port Arthur Massacre. It has been 16 years now since the Port Arthur Massacre, Its time the government and Gun Control Agencies stop using it as an excuse to keep our strict gun laws.
Statistics have shown Australian and New Zealand gun owners are among the best in the world, its time the government give something back to the law abiding firearms owners of Australia.
The consequences of school violence that subvert the academic purposes of schooling include school avoidance, diminished ability to focus on academic pursuits, internalizing psychological problems such as depression and social anxiety, fearfulness among teachers and other school personnel, increased aggression and weapon carrying in the guise of self-defense, and the acceptance of violence as a reasonable form of conflict resolution (Elliott, Hamburg, &Williams, 1998; Hawker & Boulton, 2000).
Nevertheless, administrators and teachers devote the bulk of their time overseeing efforts designed to raise test scores, meeting an increasing array of mandates and regulations, and balancing their budgets (Ableser, 2003; G. D. Gottfredson et al., 2000).
Consequently, a vast number of school administrators are adopting inadequate “quick-fix” solutions to stem violence in their schools: suspension or expelling of large numbers of disruptive students, electronic security measures, and/or a single circumscribed psychosocial program (U.S. Department of Education [USDE], 2000).
THE NATURE AND SCOPE OF SCHOOL VIOLENCE
Interpersonal violence or direct violence is defined as “behavior by persons against persons that intentionally threatens, attempts, or actually inflicts physical harm” (Reiss & Roth, 1993, p. 35).
Less serious forms of violence are generally classified as aggressive behavior, which include targeted verbal, physical, or gestural behavior that is intended to cause minor physical harm, psychological distress, intimidation, or to induce fear (Loeber & Stouthamer-Loeber, 1998).
Aggression can also be manifested through indirect forms of hostility such as spreading nasty rumors and social ostracizing (Crick & Bigbee, 1998). Generally, less serious forms of violence invariably precede more serious forms of violence. This dynamic is manifested in event sequences (e.g., inadvertent bumps or verbal slights can escalate into more serious forms of violence) as well as ontogenetically from childhood to adolescence (the pushes and shoves of elementary school children turn into vicious fights during adolescence).
A central goal of U.S. social welfare policy is to ensure that all children have the opportunity to reach their full potential as productive adults. Yet it is increasingly clear that where children live plays a central role in determining their life chances. Children growing up in high-poverty neighborhoods, with extreme levels of racial and economic segregation and inadequate public services—police, schools, sanitation, grocery stores—are at risk for a range of negative outcomes, including poor physical and mental health, cognitive delays, risky sexual behavior, and delinquency (Leventhal and Brooks-Gunn 2000; Leventhal, Dupéré and Brooks-Gunn 2009; Sampson, Morenoff, and Gannon-Rowley 2002; Sampson et al. 2007).
The consequences for these children’s life chances—and for society—are severe: they are more likely than those who grow up in less distressed communities to drop out of high school, get involved in gangs, become teen parents, and less likely to be employed when they reach adulthood (Johnson 2009).
Despite the importance of place, there has been comparatively little research on the ways that the neighborhoods where children live affect their transitions to adulthood or on the characteristics other than poverty that might influence their development. Even fewer programs or policies have tried to address the community mechanisms that might be causing such bad outcomes. Rather, the majority of research and policy attention concentrates on the individual child, the child’s family, and school settings, touching on many points along the path to adulthood, beginning with pregnancy planning, and continuing through pre- and postnatal care, early childhood development, schooling, and the myriad challenges confronting adolescents as they transition into adulthood.
As a result, policies aimed at helping disadvantaged children and youth tend to focus on individual families and children and on school-based reforms. Even the highly regarded Harlem Children’s Zone, which does aim to address multiple dimensions of the broader community, has as its core a state-of-the-art charter school program (Tough 2008). The Urban Institute’s Program on Neighborhoods and Youth Development is dedicated to filling this gap in research and policy knowledge, focusing on understanding the relationships between neighborhood-level factors and the well-being and development of children and youth and identifying and evaluating place-based, community-wide strategies to help children grow up to reach their full potential as adults (Page 2; The Urban Institute’s Program on Neighborhoods and Youth Development: Understanding How Place Matters for Kids; Susan J. Popkin, Director; Gregory Acs; Robin Smith).
What Can Be Done On A Greater Scale:
During the past 10 years, a large and growing body of evaluation research has documented and described a wide range of effective violence and school violence prevention programs, and a growing number of federal agencies, including the Department of Education, have restricted funding to promising or evidence-based programs.
In some elementary/middle schools not many within the NYC Board of Education there are Substance Abuse Prevention Intervention Specialist (SAPIS) and in some Secondary/High Schools there is the SPARK program. Both programs provide age appropriate, services for student and families with prevention and interventsion services to reduce risk factors and increase protective factors. The services are not limited to: Individual, groups, family and crisis counseling; classroom presentation on various topics, social skills groups and/or when necessary, referrals for professional services.