The White House website hosts a petition page
where citizens can raise matters of concern. The administration will respond to any petition that receives 25,000 or more signatures. Petitions run the gamut, from those seeking legalization of marijuana to those seeking an end of tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans. Recently, petitions seeking the peaceful secession of states from the Union made a splash in the traditional media.
In the wake of the shooting deaths at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut today, several petitions relating to guns appeared.
While some people, including White House press secretary Jay Carney, argued that Friday was not the day to begin talking about changing the nation's gun policies, some congresspeople and tens of thousands of citizens had other ideas. Among them were those who started a petition urging President Obama to introduce legislation in Congress restricting access to firearms. Just before Night Owls was posted, the petition had more than
65,000 52,000 signatures:
|WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:
Immediately address the issue of gun control through the introduction of legislation in Congress.
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.
took a sharply different approach. As posting time, it had more than 800 signatures:
Daily Kos also initiated a petition today asking President Obama to initiate a national conversation on gun control. You can sign it here.
|WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:
A gun in every classroom. Arm every teacher and principal to defend themselves and their students during an attack.
If teachers and principals are armed and trained to defend themselves during a school attack there would be fewer casualties and less attempts to attack schools.
Fact: Crime rates decrease when the people are better armed.
It is time we gave our teachers the ability to defend themselves and stop pretending like a door buzzer is enough of a defense. Take a stand for school safety. Arm the teachers and principals today. A gun in every classroom will protect our students from massacres like the one in CT today.
Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2003—Saddam Captured; What's Next?
|They dug him out of a hole.
It's one of the most ignominious ends to a tyrant's freedom, almost as humiliating an end to his reign as when the bodies of Mussolini and his mistress Clara Petacci were dangled from a pole in the Piazza Loreto in Milan, like deer carcasses being bled out in a hunting camp. Saddam's done, and the world is a better place for it.
Clearly there will be celebrating by many in Iraq. But what's next? The U.S. officials haven't indicated what will be done with Saddam, but Ahmed Chalabi is already making declarations that Saddam will go on public trial before the Iraqi people. Will there be a public trial? Will the U.S. chose to keep Saddam quiet?
What about weapons of mass destruction? Now we've got the guy in custody, and he's probably beaten and demoralized. Maybe he'll be like Milosevic and stay defiant, but the early pictures don't show a man with the energy to maintain resistance. So he may be inclined to tell the truth about WMD. But is the truth what the Bush administration wants Saddam to tell?
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On today's Kagro in the Morning show
, the Pew poll shows the Prez up and the Gop down. Our daily dose of filibuster reform, with Jonathan Bernstein's objections to Sen. Merkley's plan, and a great listener phone call from Mike in Pittsburgh, pointing out that "talking filibusters" might make it easier to change the rules next time. Finally, a small government defense of unions. Stop workers from privately ordering affairs with employers through unions, and they'll vote in a government that'll do it for them.