Target: Kansas Governor Sam Brownback
Goal: Prevent another mass shooting tragedy by requiring gun owners to have permits.
On February 25th, 2016, three people were killed while fourteen others were injured during a shooting spree in Hesston, Kansas. The state of Kansas has some of the most lenient gun control laws in the country, in large part thanks to a bill signed by Governor Sam Brownback in April of 2015. The bill allowed citizens of Kansas to carry a gun without having to obtain a permit or proper training. This bill has made it incredibly easy for guns to get into the hands of dangerous people.
The recent shooting in Hesston was carried out by Cedric Ford, a man with a long criminal record which includes multiple cases of domestic violence. It was recently reported that Ford received the guns from his ex girlfriend. However, whether or not he purchased the guns himself is the not the real issue here. The major problem is how easy it is for anyone in Kansas to have access to firearms. With laws this pathetic, guns are bound to wind up in the hands of dangerous people like Cedric Ford.
Kansas State Senator Oletha Faust-Goudeau stated at the time the bill was passed that it is “A major responsibility to carry a gun, whether it’s concealed or not. And it’s scary,” and that, “we’re going to see some accidents, possibly deaths.”
In order to help prevent gun related tragedies like the one that recently occurred in Hesston, Kansas, there must be stricter gun ownership laws. Demand that Governor Brownback and the state of Kansas make it a requirement to obtain a permit and have proper training in order to own a firearm.
Dear Governor Brownback,
The state of Kansas has some of the weakest gun restriction laws in the country. Shootings like the one that occurred in Hesston will continue to happen unless you start to pass stricter gun control laws. The first action you must take would be to once again require gun owners to have permits and proper training.
You’ve said that allowing people to carry a gun without a permit or any training is a “constitutional carry.” The 2nd Amendment of the United States Constitution was ratified in 1791, a time when firearms and weapon technology was far inferior to what it is now. Today the right to bear arms is something that is far more than just a piece of writing in the constitution. It is something that deals with our access to lethal weapons that can kill multiple people in a matter of seconds.
In order to prevent shootings like the one that occurred in Hesston, you must take stronger action against gun ownership. We demand that you undue your previous bill and put laws into affect that will require people to have permits and proper training in order to carry a concealed firearm.
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Photo Credit: Karen Arnold