Sign Petition: It’s not religion but easy access to assault weapons. Tell Congress to enact common sense gun reform

To be delivered to The United States House of Representatives and The United States Senate:

There are more mass shootings in the U.S. than in any other country in the world. It is reported that U.S. is home to nearly a third of world’s mass shootings.[1] There is a culture of violence in our country and it is resulting in numerous innocent lives lost. As of December 23, 2015 a total of 12,942 people had been killed in the United States in 2015 in a gun homicide, unintentional shooting, or murder/suicide. Mass shootings — as measured by four or more people shot, regardless of total fatalities — have taken place in nearly 100 metro areas over the past 12 months.[2] Mass shootings account for less than 2% of annual gun deaths. However, the recent Orlando attack is being used by islamophobes to misdirect it towards Islam and Muslims because the shooter this time happened to be Muslim. It is important to realize that most mass shooters in the U.S. are non-Muslims. There have been 26 mass shootings since the last deadliest shooting rampage in U.S. history in 2007 on the campus of Virginia Tech. Only four of these shootings were done by Muslims. Total number of innocent victims killed were 277. Number of victims killed by Muslim mass shooters is 82 and 195 by non-Muslims.[3]

The main factor which connects all of these mass shootings is easy access to guns. It is not about religion, rather, gun control. There is strong evidence to indicate that gun control can work, but it needs to be intelligently designed, effectively implemented and responsive to ongoing changes in criminal activity.[4] Canada and Australia both introduced strong gun control laws after mass shooting massacres in their countries which have been successful. It is interesting to note that “Canada’s efforts are rather undermined by the lax gun laws of its neighbor to the south. An overwhelming number of criminal handguns intercepted by the police in Canada are illegally sourced from the US.”[5]

In many cases, the weapon of choice for these mass shooters is an assault rifle. It is now time for Congress to ban assault rifles. These instruments of death are available to be purchased on-line, at trade shows, and at gun brokers around our country. We also need to have tougher background checks and close loopholes that allow people to purchase guns without background checks. We must also ban convicted domestic abusers and stalkers from buying guns.

Let us disarm the hate and stop the blame game. Please sign this petition and let Congress know that we as Americans demand the following to make America safe for all of us:

  • Ban assault rifles completely from our society
  • Make tougher background checks and close loopholes that allow people to purchase guns without background checks
  • Ban convicted domestic abusers and stalkers from buying guns
  • Enact other aspects of common sense gun reform

[1] http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/13/health/mass-shootings-in-america-in-charts-and-graphs-trnd/

[2] https://www.thetrace.org/2015/12/gun-violence-stats-2015/

[3] http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/us/mass-shootings-timeline.html

[4] https://theconversation.com/hard-evidence-does-gun-control-work-18374

[5] Ibid

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27 opinions on “Sign Petition: It’s not religion but easy access to assault weapons. Tell Congress to enact common sense gun reform”

  1. Ban assault rifles completely from our society
    Make tougher background checks and close loopholes that allow people to purchase guns without background checks
    Ban convicted domestic abusers and stalkers from buying guns
    Enact other aspects of common sense gun reform

  2. Muslims should first buy guns to defend themselves when these white supremacist shows up in our masjids.

  3. Al-Qur’an chapter 49 verse 13. O mankind! We (GOD) created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and Tribes, that ye may know Each other (Not that ye may despise (each other). Verily the Most honoured of you in the sight of GOD is (He who is) the Most righteous of you. And GOD has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things).”
    Al-Qur’an chapter 42 verse 11. “(GOD) the Creator of the heavens and the earth: He has made for you pairs from among yourselves, and pairs among cattle: by This means does He multiply you: there is nothing whatever like unto him, and He is the one that hears and sees (All things).”

  4. Al-Qur’an chapter 17 verse 33. “Nor take life – which GOD has made sacred – except for just cause. And if anyone is slain wrongfully, WE (GOD) have given His heir authority (to demand payment or to forgive): but let him nor exceed bounds In the matter of taking life; for He is helped (by the Law).”

    Al-Qur’an chapter 4 verse 135. “O ye who believe (in GOD)! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to GOD, Even As against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, and whether it be (against) rich or poor: for GOD can best protect both. follow not the lusts (of your hearts), Lest ye swerve, and if ye distort (justice) or decline to do justice, Verily Allah is well- acquainted with all that ye do.”

  5. Overwhelming majority of convicted violent criminals in USA jails are Christians yet Christianity and Christians are never blamed for the crimes of these Christians. Why Islam and all Muslims are single out and blamed for the crimes of few who are called Muslims?

  6. we Muslim love &care every human being regardless of any religion or color .we want not to blame Muslims or islam sickness is anybody could be attacked like timthi,Mac way who killed 168 people so criminal born &raise&also was under f b I watched list. He was sick man don’t blame Muslims& islam

  7. how about creating A FULL scholarships for 10 outstanding muslim students GPA 4.5 ONLY EVERY YEAR to study law in a good universities,idea will not be defeated except with a better idea,we need a good lawyers to defend us against all Tvs stations

    thank you

  8. Please mention the good work Muslims have done and are doing, like helping the refugees, food pantries, working with food banks to eliminate hunger, women’s shelters, helping people in US and globally. All this work is not limited to just Muslims. Butt none of these things are shown by the media or the politicians.

    When crazies like Mateen attack, they don’t attack a Christian club or a Christian gathering. They attack “a nightclub” or the “federal State Building” or any other place where people of all religions are present. It is not known how many Muslims were there in that night club, or in places that are attacked. For example, on 911 hundreds of Muslims were killed; in the Boston bombing we don’t know how many Muslims were killed. This places they’re not just for non-Muslims. The attackers have not segregated non-muslims to kill them. They are killing everyone who is present in that place. So, how come Muslims are singled out and blamed for every crime that a crazy person does. And the Muslims who are victims of these attackers are not shown by the media.

  9. TIMOTHY MCVEIGH BLEW UP OKLAHOMA FEDERAL BUILDING. I DO NOT CALL HIM A ” CHRISTIAN TERRORIST ” OR A “CHRISTIAN MURDERER”. THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF EXAMPLES LIKE THIS.

    FOR THE SAME REASON I DO NOT CALL ANY PERSON A “ISLAMIC TERRORIST”.

    IF MR.T PREFERS TO SAY “ISLAMIC TERRORIST” THEN HE SHOULD ALSO SAY CHRISTIAN, BUDDHIST, HINDU, JEWISH, CATHOLIC AND PROTESTANT TERRORISTS ETC.

    CHRISTIANS KILL HUNDREDS OF HUMANS EVERY YEAR IN USA. BUT IT IS NOT FAIR TO CALL THEM “CHRISTIANS MURDERS” BECAUSE CHRISTIANITY IS A NOBLE RELIGION.

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