On Friday December 14, a gunman armed with three high-powered firearms and high-capacity magazines walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Hundreds of shots were fired and twenty first-graders, ages six and seven, and six educators were killed.

This violent and horrific event aimed at children shocks our conscience and country. Our hearts are broken, our souls weep, and our arms are outstretched to the families of the victims, the survivors, the first responders, and the entire community of Newtown, Connecticut. In just the last few months, we have seen shootings at schools, malls, theaters, and houses of worship. We are pained and dismayed by the pandemic of gun violence, far exceeding other western nations, and we will not accept it.

Our tradition teaches us of the sanctity of life and how each and every person is created in the divine image. We must directly confront gun violence so that our nation is not marked nor the years measured by senseless massacres. We will not allow the intense emotion we feel now to return to a place of complacency where we become desensitized to the atrocities that unfold around us daily. We must come together to build a society worthy of those lost and a culture that represents our best virtues.

We stand committed to working with our local, state, and national leaders to squarely address these issues and honor the victims, survivors, and their families. We recognize the right of Americans to own guns, but we do not accept the current state of affairs. We stand united and call on our leaders to support comprehensive action, including meaningful legislation to limit access to assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines, aggressive enforcement of firearm regulations, robust efforts to ensure that every person in need has access to quality mental health care, and a serious national conversation about violence in media and games.

We, the undersigned, ask that President Obama, Congress, and every citizen to take direct and unequivocal action to stop the outrageous and unacceptable violence that is destroying the fabric of our society.

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351-375 of 17673 signatures
Number Date Name Location
17323 Sun Apr 14 12:33:16 EDT 2013 Carolyn Nolan Pompano Beach, FL
17322 Sun Apr 14 11:28:51 EDT 2013 Gloria Nussbaum Wynnewood, PA
17321 Sat Apr 13 21:57:14 EDT 2013 Alan Kostinsky Mountain View, CA
17320 Sat Apr 13 11:43:11 EDT 2013 Jeff Brown Philadelphia, PA As a former Infantry Lieutenant and a Disabled Veteran, I have seen what assault weapons can do. There is no reason why civilians should have assault weapons in the U.S.
17319 Sat Apr 13 08:13:50 EDT 2013 Irina Bereznaya Jersey City, NJ
17318 Sat Apr 13 07:26:28 EDT 2013 Miriam Cooperman Clifton Park, NY
17317 Fri Apr 12 23:25:21 EDT 2013 SYLVAN GOLDIN W, FL Ruth Goldin
17316 Fri Apr 12 18:51:28 EDT 2013 NINA MOLK CENTENNIAL, CO STOP ALL THIS GUN MADNESS! EVERYONE should not be able to get their hands on EVERY type of gun!
17315 Fri Apr 12 17:54:29 EDT 2013 Jodi Benjamin Maple Glen, PA
17314 Fri Apr 12 16:03:43 EDT 2013 Ellen Harmon Rye Brook, NY
17313 Fri Apr 12 14:53:34 EDT 2013 EM Schleifer Jamaica Plain, MA
17312 Fri Apr 12 14:19:51 EDT 2013 deborah strochlic eugene, OR
17311 Fri Apr 12 13:14:53 EDT 2013 Ruth Sherman Houston, TX
17310 Fri Apr 12 11:58:20 EDT 2013 Andrew Szabo Morton, PA Andrew J. Szabo
17309 Fri Apr 12 11:56:39 EDT 2013 Robert Harris Riverwoods, IL
17308 Fri Apr 12 11:43:37 EDT 2013 Ivan Nelson Livingston, NJ
17307 Fri Apr 12 11:26:07 EDT 2013 Faye Kovner Stop the madness and save innocent lives!
17306 Fri Apr 12 10:24:23 EDT 2013 Ron Noble San antonio, TX
17305 Fri Apr 12 09:55:21 EDT 2013 C Robert Hillman Trumbull, CT
17304 Fri Apr 12 09:43:41 EDT 2013 Helen Sonenshine Norfolk, VA
17303 Fri Apr 12 09:34:05 EDT 2013 Louise Taichman Narberth, PA
17302 Fri Apr 12 09:27:12 EDT 2013 Phyllis Levin Warwick, PA
17301 Fri Apr 12 09:21:06 EDT 2013 Jane Berlin
17300 Fri Apr 12 09:19:29 EDT 2013 Phyllis Levin Warwick, PA
17299 Fri Apr 12 09:12:03 EDT 2013 Mayda Roth Pittsburgh, PA Now is the time to begin to enact serious legislation on gun control. A small portion of the electorate should not hold the majority as hostage on this critical issue.
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