Ban the Use of Tear Gas and Rubber Bullets on Protesters

Target: Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives

Goal: Ban the use of tear gas and rubber bullets by law enforcement. 

Black Lives Matter protests confronting institutionalized racism have exploded across the nation for the past few weeks after the murder of George Floyd. Demonstrations have protested police brutality, yet the police have responded with continued violence. Protesters at peaceful demonstrations have been tear gassed, maced, and hit with rubber bullets. These “riot control” methods are potentially lethal. In a study published in BMJ Medical Journal in 2017, of about 3000 people who had been hit by rubber bullets, three percent died and 15 percent had severe injuries. Tear gas can also be fatal; when fired in close proximity it can result in blindness and respiratory failure.

Tear gas is even more harmful during the COVID-19 pandemic because it causes coughing, which increases the spread of disease. Despite these dangers, tear gas and rubber bullets are commonly used by police as crowd control. Have our own streets become a war zone? Not quite, as tear gas is banned on the battlefield by the Geneva Protocol. It seems like common sense that chemical warfare should not be used on citizens. 

Civilians demanding change peacefully should not be met with harmful chemicals and bullets. Several cities including Seattle, Portland, and Denver have paused the use of tear gas, but still many others have not. Tear gas and rubber bullets need to be banned at a national level to ensure the safety of protesters. Sign the petition to demand that law enforcement be prohibited from using tear gas and rubber bullets as crowd control.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Speaker Pelosi,

Countless civilians have been harmed by tear gas and rubber bullets as they peacefully fight for change. Tear gas is banned on the battlefield by the Geneva Protocol, and yet it is used legally on peaceful protesters. A bill banning the use of tear gas and rubber bullets by law enforcement would protect innocent civilians as they exercise their First Amendment rights. 

These crowd control methods are known to have possibly fatal effects, including respiratory failure and blindness for tear gas, and injury and disabilities for rubber bullets. Protesters should not have to fear for their lives as they demand change. I insist that you protect civilians by banning the use of tear gas and rubber bullets by law enforcement. 

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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2 Comments

  1. BLM HAS BEEN DESTROYING PROPERTY IN THEIR OWN DISTRICTS DESTROYING THEIR FAMILIES THAT LIVE AND DESTROYING THEIR LIVES AND HURTING! THOSE BLACK LIVES MATTER TOO! YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELVES!

  2. kelly stapleton says:

    Sorry no way am I signing this after the total distinction of lives and property I wish the police would have used way more force!

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