4 Meaningful Steps Toward Fewer Mass Shootings

The past week has been difficult for people all over the U.S. In the wake of senseless acts of violence and destruction that have shaken our communities and taken precious lives, we have mourned as one.

Recently, we called on you to help guide our nation toward healing and justice by starting your own petition to end mass shootings. And, as always, the Care2 community of activists delivered. We are humbled by your passion and grateful for your commitment, and so proud to stand by your side.

There are a number of ways that we can choose as a nation to tackle this challenge, but whatever we decide, we must decide it together. Petitions are a perfect way of standing together in a demonstration of solidarity, and your fellow Care2 members and Care2 partner organizations have created petitions that you can sign to urge policymakers to take strong action against gun violence. Here are a few of the most impactful petitions.

Stop the Spiraling Death Toll: Congress must ban assault weapons right now!
By Aaron V.

In less than 24 hours, Aaronís petition to ban assault weapons has already gathered more than 22,900 signatures from the Care2 community. We know that the shooters in many of our nationís mass murders — including San Bernardino, Sandy Hook, Aurora and Columbine — used semi-automatic assault rifles in order to increase the death toll they would inflict, and yet there is no national ban against such weapons of mass destruction. While some individual states do have laws banning these firearms, the lack of federal legislation means that guns can be carried in from neighboring states. The United States used to have an assault weapons ban in place for 10 years, and during that time, we saw a significant reduction in the number of lives taken in mass shootings. Itís time to put this common-sense policy back into place and save lives.

Demand that Mass Shootings be prosecuted as†Domestic Terrorism
By Steve C.

Steve doesnít sugarcoat it — in 344 days this year, there have already been 351 mass shootings. These violent outbursts are used by their perpetrators to intimidate the public and should be labeled for what they are — acts of domestic terrorism. Prosecuting the criminals behind such acts as domestic terrorists would help keep our communities safe from gun violence by imposing heavy penalties and mandatory minimums. It would psychologically remind all of us, every day, that mass shootings are crimes against humanity and cannot be allowed to become our norm.

Tell President Obama: Please Take Action to Reduce Gun Violence
By Everytown for Gun Safety

Since Congress seems unwilling to take on gun violence, Everytown for Gun Safety recently sent President Obama a list of executive actions that the White House could undertake in order to prevent more mass shootings and gun-related atrocities. Their common-sense list asks the President to prevent all domestic abusers from buying guns, increase cooperation between federal and local law enforcement, and require background checks for all gun sales.

Protect Our Children from Negligently Stored Guns
By the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility

The majority of states in the U.S. have passed a Child Access Prevention law to limit childrenís access to negligently-stored guns — but Washington state has not. These weapons, stored in the open, unlocked or even loaded, have all too often found their way into the hands of young children or troubled teenagers who then — accidentally or purposefully — shoot and kill someone around them. Legislation that holds negligent gun owners responsible for these catastrophes is necessary in order to prevent gun violence at the hands of minors, and provide law enforcement with the ability to prosecute.

Photo credit: CC 2.0 Brett Weinstein


H M.
H M1 years ago

What, Sarah, the "honest" folks can't purchase knifes and the other weapons you're advocating?

Christine J.
Christine J2 years ago

Seems obvious common sense to me, but no doubt the NRA will be whining and throwing their weight around.

Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill2 years ago

If you ban all guns, the criminals will find a way. If they can't get a gun, they will use a knife. If they can't get a knife they will use something else. The only people you are protecting with gun ban is the criminals because the honest people can't defend themselves.

M.N. J.
M.N. J2 years ago

It would be amazing if the gun-lickers were as enamored of any other part of the Constitution as they are of the Second Amendment.

For example, the Preamble. Do we provide for a common defense or ensure domestic tranquility or promote the general welfare when there are over 350 multiple-victim shootings this year? When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report more than 33,000 deaths and 80,000 hospitalizations per year from gunshots? When the costs to the economy alone are $229 billion from these casualties, not to mention the not-quantifiable human damage caused by grief and terror?

"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."

Anne F.
Anne F2 years ago

keeping guns away from kids is a good idea; building a fair society will help too

Michael Friedman

All signed!!!

Debbie Phillips
Debra Phillips2 years ago


Marie P.
Marie P2 years ago

Good suggestions. Practice what is preached - please and thank you.

Antony M.
Antony M2 years ago