The White House website has been inundated with gun control petitions following the tragic shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. While the White House was quoted saying it isn't time for a debate on gun control, many are of contrary opinion.
The Washington Post reports that in the wake of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., as of 5:25 p.m. Friday, at least six petitions had been submitted to the White House petitions site.
The new gun control petitions follow the recent slew of frivolous petitions related to secession.
Digital Journal reports 27 people were killed in the shooting at the elementary and kindergarten school in Newtown, 50 miles southwest of Hartford.
Petitioner Chris C. of Joshua Tree, Calif., submitted a petition, dated December 14, that expresses "disagreement" with the White House Press Secretary Jay Carney's statement on Friday that it was not time to debate gun control. His petition begins emphatically: "Today is the day: Sponsor strict gun control laws in the wake of the CT school massacre."
The petition continues:
Before the last of the victims were even found at the Newtown, CT school massacre, White House press spokesman Jay Carney stated that "today is not the day" to discuss, at long last, the urgent need for a sane overhaul of our nation's gun laws.
We urgently disagree. If we cannot discuss prevention of massacres like this one while the pain is still fresh, then our opportunities to have that discussion will be few and far between. The frequency of these horrifying incidents is increasing.
If a day on which two dozen schoolchildren are massacred is not the day to discuss this, there never will be a proper day for the discussion.
Stand up to the entrenched gun lobby now. The White House must take the lead on enacting strict controls on all firearms in the US.
The petition has received over 3,000 signatures.
A petition by David G. urges: "WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO: Immediately address the issue of gun control through the introduction of legislation in Congress."
The petition states:
The goal of this petition is to force the Obama Administration to produce legislation that limits access to guns. While a national dialogue is critical, laws are the only means in which we can reduce the number of people murdered in gun related deaths.
Powerful lobbying groups allow the ownership of guns to reach beyond the Constitution's intended purpose of the right to bear arms. Therefore, Congress must act on what is stated law, and face the reality that access to firearms reaches beyond what the Second Amendment intends to achieve.
The signatures on this petition represent a collective demand for a bipartisan discussion resulting in a set of laws that regulates how a citizen obtains a gun.
The petition has received over 28,000 signatures, more than the required 25,000.
Another petition by Daniel S. Fund Du Lac, WI, that concludes: "It is long past time to begin this conversation. Now is the time," reads:
WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO: begin a national conversation on sensible gun control. On December 14, 2012, a gunman or gunmen opened fire at the Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Initial reports list 27 dead, including 14 children.
We, the undersigned, believe that the United States can no longer wait for a sensible conversation on gun control. We call on Pres. Obama and his administration to begin a national dialog with members of Congress, federal regulators, firearms manufacturers and distributors, and interested citizens to formulate a commonsense regulation of firearms to keep them out of the hands of disturbed or evil individuals and protect our children from death in their own schools.
It is long past time to begin this conversation. Now is the time.Digital Journal reports that President Obama gave an emotional speech on the shooting on Friday in which he made no direct reference to gun control, only calling vaguely for a "meaningful action." New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, known as a staunch gun control advocate, in response to Obama's emotional speech, has called for gun control legislation.
The Huffington Post reports Bloomberg said: "Obama rightly sent his heartfelt condolences to the families. But the country needs him to send a bill to Congress. Calling for ‘meaningful action’ is not enough. We need immediate action."