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The statistics don't lie; as many as 90 Americans are killed every day in violent incidents of gun violence [1].

Among those, many are school children, not yet old enough to vote or join the military.

Following the Feb. 14 shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 dead and 14 injured [2], a large number of Americans called for more stringent regulations around assault weapons. But, lawmakers have responded just as they did after Colorado Springs [2], just as they did after San Bernadino [2], and just as they did after Sandy Hook [2].

They did nothing.

The list of tragedies goes on and on, and will continue to, unless action is taken.

One such action is the establishment of the "Fix NICS Act" introduced in 2017 by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas). The bill aims to strengthen the efforts made in researching the criminal histories of those looking to buy firearms, efforts that could have prevented the Texas First Baptist Church shooting [3].

Another measure has been introduced by the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The "Assault Weapons Ban of 2017" will prohibit the sale, transfer, manufacture, and importation of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, if passed [4].

Gun violence is a problem wherever it occurs, but the impact of such tragedies when children are involved is undoubtedly much greater. Those who live through violent incidents don't always emerge unscathed. School districts in which gun violence has resulted in one or more deaths are more likely to experience depression among students, decreased enrollment, and lower test scores [1].

Over 150,000 students in the U.S. from 170 different schools have been affected by gun violence firsthand since the Columbine High School massacre in 1999 [7]. In a plea to end years of inaction, survivors, students, and allies of those affected by mass shootings have banded together under the hashtag #neveragain.

Their cry for mercy has not gone unnoticed, and hope lies in the passage of measures like the Fix NICS Act and the Assault Weapons Ban of 2017, which would require stricter levels of documentation and accountability, as well as preventing initiatives from those involved in the buying and selling of dangerous weapons [3].

Sign this petition and stand with the millions of others who believe that violence in schools should not be normalized, and demand a safer life for our children.

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Dear Senate Judiciary Committee and Senator Dianne Feinstein,

Along with millions of other Americans, I stand with you in support of the Fix NICS Act and the Assault Weapons Ban of 2017, two bills which I believe are necessary in stemming gun violence in schools.

Far too many people have died, and far too many of them children, to justify one more day of inaction from policymakers, who can easily prevent further tragedy by strengthening assault weapon regulations.

Over 150,000 students in the United States from 170 different schools have been affected by gun violence firsthand since the Columbine High School massacre in 1999.

Those who live through violent incidents do not always emerge unscathed. School districts in which gun violence has resulted in one or more deaths are more likely to experience depression among students, decreased enrollment, and lower test scores.

It's awful to imagine our children being forced to face an armed assailant on their own, but until action is taken, that's exactly what has been happening. In the absence of a protective measure, survivors, students, and allies of those affected by mass shootings have banded together under the hashtag #neveragain.

There have been many suggestions for how to stem school shootings, but we need a method that goes beyond addressing mere symptoms of a greater issue. Guns are winding up in the hands of people who should not have them. The regulations are lax enough to allow people with histories of mental illness and violence to obtain weapons and use them.

I demand we make a change, pass the Fix NICS Act and the Assault Weapons Ban of 2017, and keep those weapons out of the hands of those who would use them for evil.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Jun 22, 2018 Anna Clark
Jun 22, 2018 Arete Caldwell
Jun 22, 2018 Darlene Brannen
Jun 22, 2018 Victoria Seton
Jun 21, 2018 EVA DEROCHE
Jun 21, 2018 Karen Westberg
Jun 21, 2018 Susana Miriam Bidart
Jun 21, 2018 Claudia Salazar
Jun 21, 2018 Carol Smith
Jun 21, 2018 Amber Bic
Jun 20, 2018 S Mendon
Jun 20, 2018 Andrew Okroi
Jun 20, 2018 Renato Martins Olesko
Jun 20, 2018 Caroline Joels
Jun 20, 2018 jole lheureux
Jun 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 20, 2018 Ruwani Tharuka
Jun 19, 2018 Satoko Takahashi
Jun 19, 2018 susan shi
Jun 19, 2018 Paola DeCastro
Jun 19, 2018 Angelique Mcclean
Jun 19, 2018 ROSENDA LUZ LARA ALVAREZ
Jun 19, 2018 Dianne Mancuso
Jun 18, 2018 Catherine Beauchamp
Jun 18, 2018 Leora Yaffi
Jun 18, 2018 (Name not displayed) We need to gain control of all the gun violence in our country.
Jun 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 18, 2018 Esmeralda Fowler
Jun 18, 2018 barbara Strahl
Jun 18, 2018 Laurie Neagle Everyone should feel safe, all gun owners should be subject to a mental health evaluation. No child should be able to own a gun and all should be locked up. We need protection, not just sitting by and then say I'm so sorry; Action is needed !!.
Jun 18, 2018 Kathy Fraser Kids and educators should be able to go to school learn and teach without having to worry about being safe. Ban military assault weapons from public use!
Jun 18, 2018 sherry Nillissen The Evil Government wants to use them for sex slaves.
Jun 18, 2018 Monica Denning
Jun 18, 2018 Cheryl E
Jun 18, 2018 Joyce Glenn
Jun 18, 2018 Georgina Towning
Jun 18, 2018 Tamara Bacon
Jun 18, 2018 Margit Steidl War weapons should be banned from the public immediately! The USA look like a country in civil war to outsiders when the politicians do not care about children's life or survival! Automatic machine guns should be kept to the armed forces only!
Jun 17, 2018 Laurel Rugen
Jun 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 17, 2018 maria gregory
Jun 17, 2018 Covi Lopez
Jun 17, 2018 H McCrillis
Jun 17, 2018 Mia Utzinger
Jun 17, 2018 Anna Olsson
Jun 16, 2018 Tiffaney Wear
Jun 16, 2018 (Name not displayed) Keep kids safe while learning at school.
Jun 16, 2018 Yvette Dominguez
Jun 16, 2018 (Name not displayed) It’s unbelievable that a petition is needed to get the powers that be to analyze/compose and implement a solution.
Jun 16, 2018 Piet van Gils

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