Stop the Senselessly Violent “Knockout Game”

Target: President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress

Goal: Stop the violent targeting of innocent pedestrians, by banning the dangerous “Knockout Game.”

Young people across America are playing a new game that may affect you, whether you want to be involved or not. The game is called “Knockout,” and it has been popping up in cities in New York, Pennsylvania, and Illinois. The rules for this game are rather simple, but the end result is horrifying. The rules are as follows: the young person chooses a random pedestrian walking nearby, approaches them slowly, and knocks the person unconscious with a single punch to the head with their fist. The move is called the “one-hitter quitter” and the ultimate goal is to knock the person unconscious.

This violent teenage game has injured several innocent civilians and has reportedly claimed the life of a 51-year-old man in Syracuse. In a CBS interview, the teenagers can only say their sole reason for playing this game is for “the fun of it” and to show that they can do it when prompted to. The intent to knock out a person until they are deemed unconscious is cruel and should warrant strict consequences and penalties. Some of these attacks have been recorded on camera and made public. Every attack shows the victim lying alone helpless as the teenagers run away.

Lawmakers need to get involved and create strict penalties against this game. Sign this petition to let President Obama know that games like these do not belong on the streets, where innocent and unsuspecting passerby are getting hurt for no reason at all.


Dear President Obama and the United States Congress,

There is a new violent street game that has been injuring people all around the United States. It is called the “knockout” game, in which teenagers come up to random civilians, striking them in the head, and knock them unconscious. When interviewed, the teenagers can only say that they are playing for the fun of it and to see if they are strong enough to knock someone out. In other words, there is no good reason why they are playing this barbaric game. They are willfully causing pain to people for their pure entertainment.

Violent and cruel games like these do not belong on the streets where innocent unsuspecting passerby are getting hurt for no reason at all. Please get legislation involved and create stricter consequences against this game.


[Your Name Here]

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