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  •  Tell me who to write to, I will. (5+ / 0-)

    My petition has 3 signatures.  Me and 2 other people.  We might have a problem.  

    Is there the will to do this?

    My unfriended friend sent out a picture of a baby advocating NO gun control.  Did she realize how bad I think that is. NO she doesn't.  She feels bad about the collateral damage.  And I kind of doubt she even has a gun.  But she will not help with this.  Well I unfriended her.  so there.

    •  So 58,720,700 voted for Obama in the election. (1+ / 0-)
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      And 24,997 can't put there name on a gun control petition.  That's not that many people.  It's not a commitment. It doesn't cost anything.  I'm thinking this one might be lost.

      Of course it might just be a terrible idea.  But no one has really shown me that yet.  There has been a few cranky 'that won't works'.  My snappy come backs should have convinced them to at least sign.  But they won't.  

      I have to come up with the perfect plan singlehandedly before anyone will join me.  That's gonna work.  We are all gonna nit pick one another's plan and the NRA is gonna steam roll us.

      Not a square to spare.

      •  their. damn. (1+ / 0-)
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      •  Not the same thing (2+ / 0-)
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        salamanderempress, 88kathy

        Voting for Obama meant watching TV, reading newspapers, forming and opinion, going out and doing the physical job of voting.  Any or all of that.  For some people, it meant  being on websites like this one, reading online sources, blogs, Facebook, tweets, and so on.  But not all of them.

        Signing an online petition means being able to navigate the web, know where to go, know how to do sign in, log on, sign up -- and not being afraid for your privacy in doing so.

        I'll do that.  My husband won't.  My father and step-mother probably don't know how and trying to walk them through it from halfway across the country (assuming they were interested) would be a nightmare.  So you can't assume that just because millions of people VOTED for Obama that means that millions of people are online and ignoring your petition.

        In addition, how many petitions is yours competing with?  Did you search on "gun control" and "assault weapons" and "guns" and "ammunition" and "high-capacity magazines" and "Second Amendment" and "2nd Amendment" before your wrote your own petition? Are you fragmenting effort rather than helping to gather it?

        Online petitions are a great idea, and I'm glad the President has committed to addressing those that meet a very modest 25,000 signature threshold.  But allowing anyone to submit a petition means a lot of them will vanish without a trace, drowned out by louder, better written, broader, narrower, more persuasive or better publicized competition.  Complaining and suggesting we're all a bunch of indifferent dolts (granted, my words, not yours) is not the way to make friends and influence people -- especially not if you want them to do something for you.

        History should teach humility and prudence, but America doesn't seem to learn. I've never seen a virgin who loses her innocence so often. -- Gordon Wood

        by stormicats on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 10:27:08 AM PST

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      •  Other petitions have already reached (0+ / 0-)

        the threshold and surpassed it.  But what do they get?  A nice thank you letter.  

        We need more than petitions.  We need to get all of the GOP politicians on record THIS VERY DAY, to make sure they have their s**t flung back in their faces during the next election.  

    •  AOL-the web service (1+ / 0-)
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      provider just came out in favor of gun control.

      These groups are pushing hard-


      National Organization for women-




      Brady Campaign-

      These people are committed--"No" is not an option.............and I sincerely believe change is comin'...........

      Now is the time to jump on this hard---with both feet.

      I voted for the President---and I like the President---but I do not need ANY  President to tell me how to feel about guns--or to help me enact meaningful sane gun control laws in the country where I live.

      I live here---I--too---have a responsibility---and I will be pushing as hard as I can---for this.

      The NRA is trying hard to defend the indefensible.

      Shame on them.

       Protect children---not guns.

      "If it were up to me, I'd take away the guns."--Cheryl Wheeler

      by lyvwyr101 on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 10:55:52 AM PST

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