As you likely know by now, the Florida high school shooter, the Las Vegas shooter, the Orlando shooter, the Sandy Hook shooter and many others, used military-style assault weapon. These weapons are designed to kill as many people as possible as efficiently as possible. They should not be available to civilians.
It is well past time for the Congress the United States to act.
Please tell our Senators to ban military-style assault weapons now. Add your name to the petition today.682 signatures
Dear Senators Burr and Tillis:
Yet again the nation faces a tragic massacre helped along by easy and inappropriate access to military-style assault weapons. This time it is 17 dead at a Parkland, Florida high school. Before that it was 58 victims in Las Vegas, 26 killed in Sutherland Springs.
Military-style semi-automatic assault weapons are designed to efficiently kill as many people as possible in the shortest amount of time available. There is absolutely no reason for assault rifles, assault pistols, and assault shotguns to be sold on the civilian market.
Congress did not act after Aurora, Sandy Hook, Orlando, Las Vegas, Southerland Springs and many other devastating mass shootings. It’s high time Congress stopped sacrificing lives and work to address this crisis before even more lives are lost.
We ask that you act now to prevent more carnage by supporting an effective ban on the civilian use of these weapons. Military-style assault weapons, high capacity magazines and bump stocks do not belong in our homes, our streets, our schools, our malls, our movie theaters, our places of worship, or in any of our other gathering places. It is well past time to act but it’s not too late to spare more Americans from death at the hands of killers using these weapons of mass destruction.
Roxanne Barksdale signed A Step Forward via Roxanne Barksdale 2012-11-29 00:06:01 -0500As a couple and family therapist in our state for over 30 years I have experienced the significant amount of violence guns bring to both children and adults in family life. I pray our state legislature will seek to limit the horror this gun violence wreaks by passing House Bill 1192 to Amend the Castle Doctrine and Repeal Stand Your Ground legislation limiting this concept to one’s personal domicile and not including automobiles, workplaces or other public arenas. I urge our legislators to instead expect and legislate safe ownership of the gun including thorough background checks, training in gun handling, licensing of a qualified user and registration of the gun. I believe unbridled gun ownership is demonstrated to be a serious risk to our children and ask that we protect our youngest North Carolinians by legislating how we handle our guns. I believe ones right to own a gun needs to be monitored, regulated and bound within the law so as to protect not only those who enjoy using a gun in North Carolina but also those of us who choose to live gun free.
In 2011 the “Castle Doctrine” law went into effect in North Carolina. This law allows anyone to use "deadly
force" if they feel threatened without the fear of civil or criminal accountability. This law extended far past someone's "castle" and includes their car and office.
On February 26, 2012 this country experienced the tragic death of Trayvon Martin, the teenager shot and killed while armed with nothing more than a bag of skittles. A similar law in Florida protected Trayvon’s shooter for far too long.
Yet Trayvon was not the first (or last) victim of these vigilante laws. Since passing in 2005, the number of “justifiable” deaths has almost tripled to an average of 35 a year, an increase of 283% from 2005-2010. In fact, Florida's Stand Your Ground Law been used to free gang members, drug dealers and even people who shot their victims in the back.
In South Carolina since enacting its “Shoot First” law, so-called ‘justifiable homicides’ increased in the state -- 45% compared to the four years prior. It's not too late to prevent this tragedy and injustice in North Carolina.104 signatures
Recognizing the impending threat to North Carolina families several brave legislators have attempted to pass legislation to amend or repeal NC's Castle Doctrine. To date these efforts have been defeated by extremist lawmakers beholden to the gun industry.
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