Target: United States Congress
Goal: Protect innocent U.S. citizens from future mass shootings
At least twelve people were killed and several more injured at the recent shooting in a Washington D.C. Navy Yard. The shooter’s motive is still unknown, and he was allegedly killed by police during the travesty. There are two other suspects at large who may have also been involved. Urge the United States Congress to tighten arms restrictions and protect the American public from this type of increasingly common scenario.
This incident adds to the several mass shootings that have occurred in the United States in the last few years. Among these are the notable Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting – ending 20 lives – and the Aurora Colorado movie theater shooting where 12 were killed; both of which occurred in the last 18 months. In fact, America is the fourth leading country in fatalities by gunshots with an average of 9,000 per year. Canada, which employs much stricter gun laws, only averages about 140 per year. A consistent worldwide trend shows that the stricter gun laws a country has, the fewer gunshot fatalities it suffers.
These statistics alone are enough to suggest that that Congress finally take action in solidifying gun laws. There has been discussion about new gun laws several times, but because it is such a difficult topic, these drafted laws tend to get neglected and given up on. In many cases in the United States, purchasing a gun can involve only a simple background test and a training course. To strengthen this system, several steps can be taken on a federal level. Further screening can be done to gun purchasers involving background tests, mental health evaluations, and an intense gun training program. Additionally, there could be bans on guns that exceed the killing power necessary for recreational or protective purposes. Any sort of agreement on gun laws at this point can be helpful to prevent deaths in future shootings. It should be a priority of Congress to pass the proper laws that protect their citizens without impeding on their liberties.
Please sign the petition below to insist that Congress take action on strengthening gun laws to protect the lives of the citizens of America.
Dear United States Congress,
Improvements on our current gun laws are long overdue and in the recent events of the Washington D.C. Navy Yard shooting, it is finally time that actions are taken on the passage of improved gun laws. In the past there have been several attempts at creating new gun laws that have just been forgotten as the laws have crossed obstacles or difficulties. It is imperative that a reasonable law finally be pursued as a top priority in this country.
As a country that holds the fourth place spot for most gunshot fatalities worldwide, the highest concern should be for the safety of the citizens of the United States. Civilians should be able to execute their daily schedules without fear that they could be in danger at work, school, the mall or movies. Simple additions to gun laws such as in depth background tests, mental health evaluations and more in-depth mandatory gun training courses could at least improve the safety of our country.
On behalf of the citizens of the United States of America, we insist that our government stop putting off efforts to improve our safety. Please take action now in strengthening gun laws, and improving the safety of the people of the United States.
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