Petition Demanding Common Sense Federal Gun Safety Laws Gathers Quick Support

A Bushmaster .233 semiautomatic rifle, the kind that was used to slaughter 20 children in Newton, CT. The National Rifle Association has campaigned to keep the gun legal.

A Bushmaster .233 semiautomatic rifle, the kind that was used to slaughter 20 children in Newtown, CT. The National Rifle Association has campaigned to keep the gun legal.

In almost the blink of an eye, an online petition demanding sensible federal-level gun safety laws has gathered more than 230,000 signatures, and is continuing to gather signatures at a rate of almost 2,000 per hour. The response to the petition was so overwhelming that shortly after starting it, the woman who began the petition changed the goal for the number of signers to 250,000. The petition’s impetus was the December 14 bloodbath at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut in which a 20 year-old gunman entered the school and slaughtered 20 six and seven year old pupils and six adult employees who tried to save the children. The petition seeks closure of gun show loopholes that allow people to buy guns without background checks, an end to the online sale of ammunition, mandatory waiting periods for gun purchases during which thorough background checks are conducted, and mandatory psychological and medical evaluations prior to making gun purchases. The petition also requests that character references be provided and evaluated out prior to gun purchases. More accountability should be placed in the hands of retailers, the petition says. When patrons refuse wait periods, authorities should be notified. Gun handling training and testing should be mandatory, as should a renewal process that includes many of the above-mentioned evaluation terms. “Our second amendment rights are long overdue a reevaluation. How many more senseless and entirely PREVENTABLE shootings have to occur before we do something about Gun Control,” asks Staci Sarkin, the petition’s creator.  The petition will be send to the House of Representatives. “As a citizen and constituent of this great country, I am asking that you take a firm stand and make a positive change by restricting access to guns and saving lives,” Sarkin’s petition states. Sign the petition here.

4 comments for “Petition Demanding Common Sense Federal Gun Safety Laws Gathers Quick Support

  1. Kristen Marinovic
    January 18, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    I am fully supportive of new gun laws particularly banning assault weapons and extended capacity ammunition magazines.
    I also support increased funding and services for Mental Health patients.

  2. Gerriiana Koeniger
    December 18, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    We must have sensible gun safety laws and
    accessible and affordable mental health care.

    • Anne Landman
      December 23, 2012 at 6:16 pm

      Definitely!

  3. JAZ
    December 17, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    We currently live in WA state, however we recently purchased a 2nd home in Arizona. Last week we went to a garage sale a block from our new home in AZ, where we observed 5 hand guns being sold openly at the sale.

    We need to have this argument now on behalf of cuts proposed in health care and cuts that have already been put in place. We need to reinstate Mental Health care. The mentally challenged have been left without help and they and their families are forced everyday to deal on their own with these issues.

    We need to come together NOW as a nation to take a stand to enact wait periods; to place a ban on assault weapons and extended capacity magazines. We need to enforce our all our gun safety laws currently on the books NOW!

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