Yesterday morning, a heavily armed 20-year-old man walked into an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut and shot and killed 27 people, including 20 children and himself. The tragedy has prompted 3 more petitions to the White House for stricter gun control.Always a hot and much debated topic in the US, the issue of gun control has been brought to the table again in light of the terrible tragedy at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.
According to media reports, the Connecticut gunman first shot his mother in the face at home, and then drove to the school armed to the teeth with “at least two semi-automatic handguns, a Glock and a Sig Sauer, and a semi-automatic rifle,” as we also informed you earlier today.
Three new petitions to the White House have been started asking for gun control or, at the very least, for an open discussion on it.
One of them already has double the number of necessary signatures to be considered by the White House in January. The other two are yet to get to the minimum of 25,000 signatures.
“Immediately address the issue of gun control through the introduction of legislation in Congress,” the petition reads.
“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,” it further adds.
“Set a date and time to have a conversation about gun policy in the United States,” the second petition demands, while the third urges to “begin a national conversation on sensible gun control.”
In his official speech after the tragedy, the President did not address the issue of gun control, limiting himself only to say that he as President will do whatever he can to assist in the investigation and to offer relief to the victims’ families.
Americans, though, are getting involved in the debate: whether pro or against gun control, they’re making sure their voices are heard, including on social media. Gun control is now a trending topic on Twitter.