President Obama Responds To Viral Petition Demanding Gun Control

Tens of thousands of people signed the petition demanding more stringent gun laws after the Sandy Hook shooting.

About a week after a petition urging the White House to enact tougher gun laws following the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School went viral, President Obama responded with a YouTube video on Friday telling petitioners "we hear you" and they're working on it.

"It’s going to take a sustained effort from mothers and fathers, daughters and sons, law enforcement officials and responsible gun owners standing up and saying enough on behalf of all our kids," he said. The video was posted shortly after a five-minute moment of silence on social media to honor the victims, and a couple of hours before the National Rifle Association broke its week-long silence and responded to the shooting at a press conference.

The president isn't the only one to respond to public pressure to increase gun control since the shooting. The 3-D printer company MakerBot, for example, removed printable plastic gun parts from its online database earlier this week.

But as this graphic on Slate shows, there's still a lot of work to be done. A chilling statistic: According to the best estimates Slate could track down, 20 people have been victims of gun murders since the Sandy Hook shooting.

[Image: White House]

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  • Concerned Citizen

          
    A LITTLE GUN HISTORY

             In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun
    control. >From 1929 to

    1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were

    rounded up and exterminated (murdered)

              In 1911, Turkey established gun control.
    From 1915 to 1917, 1.5

    million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and

    exterminated (murdered).

              Germany established gun control in 1938 and
    from 1939 to 1945, a

    total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves

    were rounded up and exterminated  ( murdered).

              China established gun control in 1935. From
    1948 to 1952, 20

    million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves were rounded up

    and exterminated (murdered)

              Guatemala established gun control in 1964.
    From 1964 to 1981,

    100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and

    exterminated (murdered).

          Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979,
    300,000

    Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated

    (murdered).

              Cambodia established gun control in 1956.
    From 1975 to 1977, one

    million educated people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and

    exterminated (murdered).

          Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated ( murdered)
    in the

    20th Century because of gun control: 56 million.

          You won't see this data on the US evening news, or hear
    politicians

    disseminating this information.

             Guns in the hands of honest citizens save
    lives and property and,

    yes, gun-control laws adversely affect only the law-abiding citizens.

          Take note my fellow Americans, before it's too late!

          The next time someone talks in favor of gun control,
    please remind

    them of this history lesson.

          With guns, we are 'citizens'. Without them, we are
    'subjects'.

              During WWII the Japanese decided not to
    invade America because

    they knew most Americans were ARMED!

             If you value your freedom, please spread this
    anti-gun-control

    message to all of your friends and family.

          SWITZERLAND ISSUES EVERY HOUSEHOLD A GUN!

          SWITZERLAND'S GOVERNMENT TRAINS EVERY ADULT THEY ISSUE A
    RIFLE.

          SWITZERLAND HAS THE LOWEST GUN RELATED CRIME RATE OF ANY
    CIVILIZED

    COUNTRY IN THE WORLD!!!

          IT'S A NO BRAINER!

          DON'T LET OUR GOVERNMENT WASTE MILLIONS OF OUR TAX DOLLARS
    IN AN

    EFFORT TO MAKE ALL LAW ABIDING CITIZENS AN EASY TARGET.

          Spread the word everywhere you can that you are a firm
    believer in

    the 2nd Amendment!

          It's time to speak loud before they try to silence and
    disarm us.

  • H20artist

    If only people where as anxious to address the needs of the mentally ill in our society.