In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, we the people, in order to form a more perfect union, have started a petition to address the issue of gun control on the White House’s official website.
As we have reported before, other petitions this year included a Texas secession petition and a farcical petition demanding that the US government build a Death Star (from the Star Wars film series) as a military deterrent.
Petitions started on whitehouse.gov need a total of 25,000 signatures to elicit an official response from the Obama Administration. Though the Texas secession and Death Star petitions reached the required number, it took days, if not weeks, for the petitions to garner the necessary signatures.
The gun control petition, a response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, gained 25,000 signatures in a single afternoon, the day of the massacre.
One day later, the gun control petition has been signed by nearly 100,000 US citizens, four-times the amount required for an official White House response. It stands at 81,014 signatures as of this posting, and is expected to surpass 100,000 signatures throughout the course of today.
Though concrete details are still coming out in the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, 20 children lay dead, in addition to seven more adults including the killer, Adam Lanza.
The gun control debate has already started on social media, with many celebrities calling for stricter gun laws in the wake of the shooting. It is unknown how the Obama Administration will address the issue, but it seems inevitable given the massive amount of public outcry.
Did you sign the White House petition demanding stricter gun control laws in the US?