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**TAKE ACTION** Newtown,Connecticut Site of Friday's Shooting: Today We Tell Our Leaders "No More!"

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- 1988 days ago -
"We've endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years. And each time I learn the news I react not as a president, but as anybody else would, as a parent. And that was especially true today." Please sign and share.

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JL A (281)
Friday December 14, 2012, 8:41 pm
signed & shared & noted

Gysele van Santen (213)
Friday December 14, 2012, 8:41 pm

Kit B (276)
Friday December 14, 2012, 8:42 pm
(Image credit : No assault rifles misfitpolitics)

Petition Background

"We've endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years. And each time I learn the news I react not as a president, but as anybody else would, as a parent. And that was especially true today." These words, spoken today by Pres. Barack Obama, express utter anguish in the face of an evil act: the murder of children and educators.

This is not war-torn Syria, Afghanistan, or the Congo, but the site of an unspeakable tragedy -- Newtown, Connecticut. A gunman armed with semiautomatic rifles stormed the Sandy Hook Elementary School. Reports are still streaming in, but in the aftermath: 20 children and 6 adults were murdered.

No one can fully answer why. But today we can change HOW. I am asking you, begging you, to please sign this petition and demand that your elected officials FIX OUR GUN LAWS. People who should not have access to guns buy them every day. Our background checks, systems of purchase, and laws have far too many loopholes and fail to protect our most innocent members of our society.

We must DEMAND COMMON SENSE GUN LAWS TODAY. Please sign the petition and let's NEVER AGAIN witness a day like today!

Sign Petition at VISIT SITE ~ please share with friends, tweet and Facebook.

Twitter: #TodayIsTheDay

Kit B (276)
Friday December 14, 2012, 8:43 pm

Thanks J L for sending me this petition, I have signed and shared, I hope others will do the same.

James Maynard (84)
Friday December 14, 2012, 9:34 pm
Thanks Kit and J L, signed and noted.
So sick of this. Seems to be happening
more and more.

Heidi Aubrey (16)
Friday December 14, 2012, 10:33 pm
Signed and note.

Ben O (171)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 1:48 am
Absolutely signed!

Naoko i (264)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 2:44 am
Noted, already signed and shared. "No More !!"

Judy C (97)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 4:31 am
Signed. Thanks Kit.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 4:36 am

"Thank you for signing my petition, Newtown, today we tell our leaders "No more!". "


Barbara K (60)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 5:12 am
Signed and commented. Thank you, my friend. Just to look at the guns in the picture gave me the chills, and it should do the same to everyone. It is time for some to grow up in this country and realize what the real use of guns is. They are to kill, they have no other use. There is absolutely no reason for people to have automatic weapons that are meant for soldiers. If the young men want to shoot guns, join the military. Those poor children were murdered by a guy who had no business with weapons in his hands. I wonder what was the last thoughts of his mother, who had the guns registered in her name, was when he killed her. The tragedies here are so numerous and so hard to comprehend. This should never happen.

Roxie H (350)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 5:51 am
Thanks for signing! Now, pass it on.
Now that you've signed, help it grow by clicking the buttons below and asking your friends, family, and colleagues to sign.

Nicole W (646)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 5:57 am

bob m (32)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 7:00 am

signed..... in tears

Lenicka R (60)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 7:20 am
Noted and signed

Arielle S (313)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 7:39 am
Signed and forwarded - if we can't make a difference now, we never will. This is my new hot button and like Kit, I intend to email every senator, every Rep, and anyone else that might have a position on this. Nobody else needs to die in this way.

Kit B (276)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 8:14 am

Thanks to all of you this petition will get attention and please follow up by calling and writing your elected representatives on local, state and the Federal government. Also please consider a letter (should be short, but exact) to your local newspapers. Keep the pressure on, don't allow this to be just one more "cause" we let slip away. I have a personal issue that I must go and attend to - so I will not be back the rest of the day. I leave this in your hands.

Please keep the murder victims in Connecticut, Colorado (both towns), Arizona, Virginia (both situations) Maryland and DC - there are even more that could be listed, in your mind and heart. The country that strives for freedom can not be the country that turns it's back on murder. We can change this, it is in our power.

pam w (139)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 8:19 am
What WILL it take to overthrow the NRA? Most powerful lobby in the to do it?

Susanne R (235)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 9:03 am
Already signed this one, but I'm glad to see it's getting a lot of exposure. If the gun lobby and the politicians they've bought want a war, let's give them one! Our rights are trampled on every day, but let's make it clear that that they should never put at risk the lives of those whom a parent or grandparent loves most in this world! This is one "bullet" we should never again have to bite!

Lisa N (206)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 9:08 am
Glad to sign this one, shared also on FB, thanks for getting this one out there Kit!!

SuSanne P (193)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 9:11 am
Thank you Miss >^..^< Kitty.
"There is more you can do - write letters to your local newspaper, call your local, state and Federal representatives, send letters and emails let them know how you feel about the lack of one cohesive Federal law for the sake of public safety".

SuSanne P (193)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 9:11 am

Michela M (3964)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 9:15 am

Craig Pittman (52)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 10:54 am
Signed and noted. How many more times will these horrifc scenes be repeated before everyone gets it.?
Thanks for your good efforts Kit. Perhaps common sense will finally prevail at the legislative level of government.


Dawn M (142)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 12:31 pm
Signed and noted!

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 12:46 pm
I will sign!
Did everyone hear what the priest of that Connecticut town said on the news? On French evening news they had him responding to a journalist's questions and he said -concerning the legal sale of firearms- that there was absolutely NO REASON to justify the sale & legitimate ownership of automatic or assault weapons -- they are not used in hunting, nor in sport of any kind, nor in anything else, so why (he said) did our lawmakers continue to make this a political issue?

There is no reason why anyone should need to have in their possession such weapons!

Had the killer been armed with just ordinary guns, he could have been tackled or neutralized quickly and there wouldn't have been this awful death toll of so many children & adults.

It is shameful that the National Rifle Association is responding to this tragedy by saying that if the teachers had been armed ...
They've used that before!
But it just doesn't cut: what do they want -- elementary school teachers wearing holsters, like the sheriffs & the outlaws of westerns, while teaching five and six year olds? Is this the America that we want our children to grow up in?

Rose Becke (141)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 1:35 pm
Signed Kit

Aaron Bouchard (158)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 1:55 pm
Signed and noted thanks

Jim P (3257)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 3:12 pm
Petition signed.

Comment left: Kids and children and adults should NOT be allowed to carry guns except our law enforcement and military people. Our country needs to enact better, tougher and enforceable laws regarding anyone carring semi-automatic, automatic weapons. Anyone caught carrying, using those kinds of weapons should get 5 years in prison.

Ty, Kit.

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 4:01 pm
Absolutely signed & noted. Much thanks, Kit! I say to reinstate the Assault Weapons Ban. End the manufacturing of those multiple ammo clips. Fully fund the capability of making sure gun laws now on the books are enforced. End all gun shows. For starters.
Since my House Rep. is Ron Barber, who was shot along with several others, including Gabby Giffords, I'm not concerned that he's completely on board with more gun restrictions. As for my Senators....I'll keep badgering them.

James Merit (144)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 4:48 pm

Shelly Peterson (213)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 5:03 pm
so signed!

. (7)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 5:21 pm
Noted and signed, thank you.

Angelika R (143)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 6:05 pm
Have already signed this earlier, thx Kit.
For those interested what a gun law CAN and should look like, maybe read this about ours!

Barb K (1688)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 6:10 pm
Noted, signed, shared with family and friends. TY Kit.

Michael Carney (217)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 6:13 pm
Noted, and signed...

Jae A (316)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 6:21 pm
SIgned and noted ...One reason..because GUNS DO KILL PEOPLE..that's the real fact ! A person is not always behind the firing of a gun, they can fire a bullet without a person touch them due to a number of reasons...accidents primarily but the fact is that guns can kill without a person pulling the for those who use that won out illogical phrase..."guns don't kill people it's people that do" ..well let me say again..that's just B.S. and the facts are there to prove it I just mentioned how guns do kill people without a person touching them even..

Melania P (122)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 6:26 pm
So signed!

Jae A (316)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 6:33 pm

Ok, just realized there will probably be those who want to nit pick at my comment as to my statement above ..."just as I mentioned'...A rifle leaning against a wall falls and fires on it own killing someone. A gun on a car set goes off due to a jar or something not human connected. A person enters a car and the weapon is jared against the car/seat/floor board. These things have happened. That is how a step brother of mine died. His brothers rifle went off as he sat down in the cab of their pick up truck. He didn't aim or even pull the went off killing his brother who was in the seat beside him. So again I say..FACT...GUNS DO KILL PEOPLE...via their bullets of course. DUH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! G.D. it ! That ...'it's people who do , not the guns that kill people'..which just makes my blood boil and my 'what idiot said that' alarm go off when I hear/read people use that dumbass lobbiest /gun dealer/supporter excuse/phrase.

Kit B (276)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 6:35 pm

Yes, Jae but those are freak accidents, few guns are going to fire a bullet because they are dropped on the floor. I have been around and learned about guns all my life. Most gun "accidents" are not accidents at all but stupid people with little or no training mishandling them. Over the years the NRA has managed to convince people that all they need to do is buy one. That is not true, these machines are made for killing, one must learn how they function, how to clean, handle and properly shoot them. Since most will not bother with all of that, make it a requirement to own a gun one must learn what a dangerous piece of equipment is now in their hands.

Kit B (276)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 6:38 pm

Thank you all for signing and sharing this petition, all petitions that come now to support enactment of stricter laws or to enforce those already on the books should be signed, and followed by each American citizen calling and pestering their legislatures to let them know we do care.

Kit B (276)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 6:46 pm

Those guns don't fire Jae unless there is a round in the chamber. An accident or mishandling of a firearm? There is a reason that people don't chamber a round unless they are going to fire the weapon. All guns are weapons and it took human hands to chamber that round, again accidents are rare and even then required some human interaction to cause the weapon to fire "accidentally".

I'm sorry about the death of your step brother, but a gun in a car should not have a round in the chamber. No gun should, unless the owner is about to fire the weapon at a target, which I would hope is made of paper.

Joanne Dixon (38)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 8:20 pm
There is also a petition on White House dot gov. The White House has promised to respond to any petition which gathers over 25,000 signatures within 30 days. In less than two days, this one has over 100,000. I signed this one earlier, Kit, and have signed the Daily Kos one as well, I just learned about the White House one.

Shirley S (187)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 10:46 pm
Noted & signed with URGENCY in my mind!!!

Sandra M Z (114)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 10:49 pm
Signed and noted, Thank you Kit.

Terrie Williams (798)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 11:24 pm
Signed, noted, emailed and shared on FB. I have no words right now.

Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 11:25 pm
Noted and signed and also many others like this one! Let's hope this has an effect Kit. Thanks.

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 1:56 am
Bloody oath I signed Cheers Kit

Daniel Partlow (179)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 6:45 am

David C (131)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 6:52 am
Now is the time...signed....

lee e (114)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 7:32 am
Signed this and several others!!!! Thanks -- the NRA is a terrorist organization -- they'll provbably advocate kindergartners to be armed to protect themselves next -- they have no conscience - another example of big corporate plutocracy!!!

lee e (114)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 7:34 am
By the way -- what mother needs an arsenal like this -- was she a SWAT team member?

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 8:29 am
What a shame that Lee put his remarks into two comments -- now i have to choose between them cause I can't send a green star for both, though they both deserve praise.

And YEAH - I'd really like to know "what mother needs an arsenal like this -- was she a SWAT team member?"

Well said, Lee

Kat K (54)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 9:17 am

Note to lee e.~~my sentiments exactly. I believe she was a nut and unfortunately, she ruined her son in the process of her own acting out behavior. Not only was Adam mentally ill, but so was his mother, which was most likely the reason he was. Fortunate for the other son, Ryan, that he got out when he did.

Kat K (54)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 9:24 am
ANOTHER NOTE WITH RE: TO THE NRA: this is an organization of subhumans who are always trying to justify killing to the rest of society. The politicians need to quit treading lightly around these killers, get them out of their pockets, and shut them down. They can talk their talk and preach their sermons all they want to, but not to me~~I know what they are and what they stand for and I hate it. They have been made legalized gang bangers, right up there with the KKK and the Neo-Nazis in my opinion. I have no use for them.

Cherise U. (0)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 10:03 am

I really feel that every one of us needs to make it our responsibility to look out for and nurture -- even with the smallest gestures -- those children and teenagers who seem odd, withdrawn, and socially awkward. If we see these behaviors in another human being and we turn the other way, well then, we too are responsible for the outcome.

The gun-totting individual in these mass shootings seem to be nearly always the same:

young, male, usually white, socially isolated and awkward, smart, often jobless with too many failures under their belt and mentally unstable

The why is becoming so obvious -- they are very, very angry that society has ignored them, failed them at best and ridiculed and bullied them at worst.

If we don't want to witness more children getting gunned down, then we better start making it our social responsibility to look out for ALL of the young people in our neighborhoods and schools, not just the cute, charming and likable ones.

Doreen Z (3)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 10:06 am
Signed... I am a teacher/eductor of small children as these. Moved me to tears. My heart goes out to those who have lost their loved ones. How many more lives will it take before the gun laws are abolished?

Julie E (405)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 11:29 am
Signed with a heavy heart over this horrible act of evil.

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 2:27 pm

Cynthia Davis (340)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 3:23 pm
Signed TY Kit.....I am not a person that cries easily but this has broken my heart and I can't stop crying.

Kit B (276)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 3:35 pm

Will this never end?

Terror at California mall as police arrest man suspected of shooting 50 rounds in parking lot
No one was wounded in the Saturday incident. Authorities charged Marcos Gurrola, 42, with shooting at an inhabited dwelling. A motive was not immediately clear.

Read more:

Do we consider it lucky that no one was injured? I'm just relieved.

Joe R (190)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 3:49 pm
Thanks Kit Signed and noted.

Aletta Kraan (146)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 4:30 pm
Signed, thanks !

Sylvie Bermannova (42)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 6:12 pm
Noted and signed. This is a true tragedy. It is alarming to see that deranged people and people unable to resolve issues peacefully use violent means, as a consequence of which decent people lack safety and lose their lives unnecessarily.
I'm lucky to live in a country (outside of the U.S.) where guns are hard to get and these tragedies do not happen. Violence is generally on the rise, and this is a serious issue, especially if it is recurrent one. If the law is too lenient in this regard, weapons are likely to get into the hands of wrong people who then hurt innocents. I am convinced there is a need for strict rules governing the possession of weapons. I understand that some people may not feel safe without having a gun for their self-defense in such a climate, but they would not need it if most people did not possess it either...

Jelica R (144)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 6:56 pm
Check your state gun policy: Fatal Gaps: Can dangerous people buy guns in your state?

Jelica R (144)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 6:58 pm
Updated list of petitions: Enough vagueness. We want gun control.

The PetitionSite: President Obama: We Need to Talk About Gun Control, TODAY

Avaaz: President Obama: Time to Talk About Gun Control Today Is the Day for Common Sense Gun Regulations

Mayors Against Illegal Guns: Demand a Plan Newtown, today we tell our leaders "No more!"

Daily Kos: Now is the time to talk gun control

Faithful America: Mike Huckabee's unchristian rhetoric about school shootings


We the People: Immediately address the issue of gun control through the introduction of legislation in Congress.

Jelica R (144)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 7:01 pm
Post your condolences here:

Stand with families of the Newtown school shooting

Kit B (276)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 7:20 pm

Thank you Jelica - a galaxy of Green Stars for the petitions and the link to the book for signatures and notes of condolence to the families.

Fran F (118)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 7:38 pm
It's long past time for the NRA to stop dictating our gun policy. Signed and noted, thanks.

Nancy Black (308)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 7:51 pm
Noted, tweeted, signed, tweeted and shared. Hope the death of babies is enough to make our politicians legislate some gun control.

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Monday December 17, 2012, 3:42 am
Encore praise for Jelica! I ditto what Kit has said: "Thank you Jelica - a galaxy of Green Stars for the petitions and the link to the book for signatures and notes of condolence to the families."

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Monday December 17, 2012, 3:54 am
Yesterday, when I clicked onto the NYTimes home page, a box with the list of names flew out at me:
they were mostly all 6 years old, a few 7... I just kept reading every name, every age. Three teachers under 30... That box was like a blow to my heart.

I was very moved to see the 'memorial' to the Sandy Hook victims on my friend Zen's page: she has posted the picture of a statue of an angel in despair, under which she placed this poem:

A simple child,

That lightly draws its breath,

And feels life in every limb,

What should it know of death?

~ Wordsworth

When you know poetry (I don't), you can find the words which best express what is most pertinent in a given situation.
It touched me to read these words of Wordsworth's

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Monday December 17, 2012, 4:27 am

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Monday December 17, 2012, 4:27 am

Barbara Erdman (63)
Monday December 17, 2012, 5:37 am
N & S Kit :0 Tnx

Kenneth V (1500)
Monday December 17, 2012, 11:11 am
signed and noted thanks for sharing

Jim P (3257)
Monday December 17, 2012, 3:24 pm
Petitions above in Jelica's box signed.

STAR to Jelica.

Ty, Kit.

Jelica R (144)
Monday December 17, 2012, 5:34 pm
Two more:

Force Change: Stop Gun Violence: Urge President Obama to Enforce Stricter Gun Policies

Force Change: We Are Ready to Have a Conversation About Gun Control in the United States

Arthur S (88)
Monday December 17, 2012, 9:02 pm
Signing now, thank you Kit. Jelica thank you for all of the other petitions as well. Going to have to come back.

Past Member (0)
Friday December 21, 2012, 9:31 am
Thanks Kit and Jelica, signed
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