After the Sandy Hook shootings in Newton, Connecticut I started a petition urging the Obama Administration to work with Congress to limit access to guns. I first posted it here on tumblr and it quickly took off, making it’s way to Twitter and Facebook, eventually going viral.
In a few days it became the most popular petition on the “We The People” White House petition site, and even prompted a video response from the President. Here’s the fun part… I found out a few days ago that I am invited to the White House this Wednesday.
While details are up in the air, I know there will be an interview, and a good chance to meet the king of Dad Sneakers and his #2, as well as some other fun stuff. So with that said, here’s a big thanks to everyone who supported the petition, because it does matter. If you have any questions/comments please let me know and I’ll do my best to answer them. Wish me luck (I need a haircut and a shave).
Now this is awesome. Best of luck!
Let’s not let arguments over the Constitution’s Second Amendment violate the spirit of its First. President Obama believes that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms. However, the Constitution not only guarantees an individual right to bear arms, but also enshrines the freedom of speech and the freedom of the press — fundamental principles that are essential to our democracy.White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, responding to the Alex Jones-initiated petition to deport Piers Morgan.
[This story is] a media feeding frenzy that is driven by a few individuals who never miss the opportunity to advance an anti-2nd Amendment agenda.Arizona state senator Lori Klein • Addressing claims she aimed a loaded gun at a reporter, which we touched on yesterday. Klein has disputed the reporter’s account of what transpired, claiming instead that the reporter asked to see the laser sight on her handgun, then sat down in front of the gun after she drew it. The reporter, Richard Ruelas, is sticking to his version of events. Setting aside the idea that criticizing somebody over reports they aimed a loaded gun at a reporter is an anti-2nd amendment posture (gun safety training is something the NRA takes very seriously, and they’re hardly moderates on the gun control debate), the explanation she’s giving, if true, doesn’t mitigate her wrongdoing. That she would keep her loaded (and safety-less) weapon aimed at the reporter for one second, even in the midst of an earnest misunderstanding, is beyond the pale — and we bet the vast majority of gun owners, responsible as they are, would agree. source (via • follow)
Whoever would do something like that needs to have a better grounding in gun safety before ever laying a hand on a firearm.Rob Mermelstein, range master of the Phoenix Rod and Gun Club • Speaking on Arizona state senator Lori Klein, who during a conversation about carrying her gun in her purse while on the floor of the legislature, drew said gun and pointed it at a reporter’s chest to show off the laser sight. Her disclaimer? “I just didn’t have my hand on the trigger.” Mermelstein is absolutely right, and what he’s saying is the moral baseline for responsible gun ownership. We’ll take the advice of a former military man we knew — you never, ever aim a gun at somebody who you’re not prepared to kill. This is unsafe and reprehensible behavior, for which Klein will richly deserve any scrutiny she receives. The article also reports that her gun has no safety, which seems crazy — you’re going to carry a loaded, readied gun in your purse? Has Plaxico taught us nothing? source (via • follow)