I’m proud to say that my name is on it. Is yours?
This petition represents the voices of real Americans who are standing up and saying they’ve seen enough of gun violence tearing apart communities like Newtown and Tucson and Aurora and Chicago. We must commit to keep fighting for this issue until something is done.
As president Obama said in a press conference after the horrible tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, “As a country, we have been through this too many times. Whether it’s an elementary school in Newtown, a shopping mall in Oregon, or a temple in Wisconsin, or a movie theater in Aurora, or a street corner in Chicago, these neighborhoods are our neighborhoods, and these children are our children. We’re going to have to come together to take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.”
Ask five friends to add their names to OFA’s petition to congressional leaders before midnight to demand that they take action to reduce gun violence: http://my.barackobama.com/Sign-the-Petition
Mass shootings represent only a sliver of America’s overall gun violence. Mother Jones believes they have produced the most comprehensive rundown available on this particular type of violence. For a timeline listing all the cases on the map, including photos of the killers, jump to page 2. For the stories of the 151 shooting rampage victims of 2012, click here, and for all of MoJo’s year-long investigation into gun laws and mass shootings, click here.
If you visit the site, you can hover over the dots or use the search tool in the top-left corner of the map to go to a specific location. (Zoom in to see the Aurora shooting, located close to other massacres in Colorado, and to see other proximate shootings in Milwaukee, Seattle, and elsewhere.)