First on CNN: OFA collects 1.4 million signatures for gun control
May 7th, 2013
02:28 PM ET
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First on CNN: OFA collects 1.4 million signatures for gun control

(CNN) – The political group formed from President Barack Obama's presidential campaign has collected more than 1.4 million signatures on a petition urging congressional leaders to reconsider and pass legislation expanding background checks on gun sales.

Organizing for Action collected the signatures online and in-person, and will send the petition to leaders on Capitol Hill Thursday. Rules prevent the boxes of paper from being delivered directly to lawmakers, so names will be sent digitally, and the physical signatures will be shipped to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker John Boehner.

The petition, addressed to Reid, Boehner, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, points out an overwhelming number of Americans supporting extending background checks.

"The vast majority of Americans from all corners of the country are united in support of expanded background checks for gun sales," the petition reads. "I'm calling on you to listen to the American people and act to keep guns out of the hands of criminals. It will make our communities and schools safer. Please take action to expand background checks today."

Obama elevated gun control to a top priority of his second term agenda following the December shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut. His push, however, received a major blow in April when the Senate defeated a bipartisan background checks measure. Further legislation putting new restrictions on guns was put on hold.

After the vote, Obama called out senators who opposed the background checks bill, suggesting they were ignoring the will of the people who elected them.

OFA, which actively promoted Obama's gun control agenda in the months leading up to the vote, has made a heavy push for petition signatures through their large email distribution list, which was amassed during Obama's two successful White House bids.

Jon Carson, OFA's executive director, wrote in a message to supporters on Monday, "We'll never be as deep-pocketed or as well-connected as the gun lobby. What we have is better. It's the voices of real Americans who are standing up and saying they've seen enough of gun violence tearing apart communities like Newtown and Tucson and Aurora and Chicago."

Also on Monday, Carson said OFA would expand its field effort now that some lawmakers are discussing bringing gun control back up for a vote in Washington.

That includes additional organizers in what Carson called "targeted locations" to help promote Obama's agenda. OFA currently has paid staff in nineteen states.

"We really think a very important way to change the conversation in Washington is to demonstrate support for the president's agenda out in the states," Carson said.

CNN's Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.


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soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    Any one that has brain will push for Gun-Control laws. Senate idiots and congress thugs are horrible. Take them out in next election. I was in London–they laughed for not passing Gun-Control. True.

    May 7, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    First Teatroll to scream about ACORN and voter fraud and claim that all the signatures are forgeries wins a brand new tinfoil hat. Ready? Go.

    May 7, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  3. Liberal

    Why do demcorats insist on taking away Americans rights (Bill of Rights)?

    May 7, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  4. thomase

    It's sad how the NRA has twisted gun control into meaning "leading to confiscation of all guns". It's people who aren't even willing to have a discussion regarding universal background checks who are ruining this country.

    May 7, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz aka Take Back The House

    I thought I told you that we won't stop until we get meaningful legislation.

    May 7, 2013 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  6. Peoples State of Illinois

    @Ferret out the BS

    Deal with the doctor who violated the law, don't try to continuously change the law because it doesn't fit in with your antiquated values.
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    Exactly, deal with the crazy person who violated the law by shooting at a theater or school, don't try to continuously change the 2nd amendment because it doesn't fit in with your nonrealistic values.

    May 7, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  7. plain&simple

    Power to the people!!! It worked 40 some odd years ago and it will again today. Injustice cannot stand up to time! Americans will keep voicing their objection tothe ppeople and the will to change for the better will prevail!!! That scares the fearful!!!

    May 7, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  8. Larry L

    What's important is the issue be held to a real vote – not cheap tricks using the filibuster to twart the democratic process. Each person in our Congress needs to put their name on the line and decide to either have the guts to do the right thing or to roll-over for the gun lobby. About 90% of America believes that sensible background checks are a good idea for all gun transfers. Why would our Congress feel they had the right to ignore that heavy majority?

    May 7, 2013 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "In both cases we need better enforcement of the laws on the books. In both cases we need to defend innocent human life. If you look at the actual text of the proposal reproduced in this article, that is exactly what it sets out to do."

    No it doesn't. It sets out to create a national police action investigating abortion clinics even when there is no probable cause and to establish a database of information that can be made public for use by anti-abortion activist groups and lobbyists in order to intimidate doctors and clinicians and business owners and even the women who would be their patients.

    What's that? You don't like the taste of your own BS being fed back to you? Aaaaw, poor baby.

    May 7, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  10. ja

    the ofa need to campaign during election, notify the ninety percent about the nra pasties, to many on payrolls other the the federal payroll

    May 7, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  11. megin

    There are 206.8 million Adults in the united states of which 130,306,739 voting in 1012...... 1.4 million signatures is NOT THE PEOPLE>>> just showing the bull...

    May 7, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  12. rs

    A few days and 1,4 million signatures. They'll beat the NRA's inflated membership of 4.5 million in no time. The trick will be getting politicians past their fear of the NRA and their gun ratings. Americans want change, and the NRA be be wise to cooperate.

    May 7, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  13. Rachel20091

    gurgyl.........and you seriously think that we AMERICANS give a flying about what Limey's think about us? We whipped them twice when they interfered in our "AMERICAN" affairs; so their thoughts and/or opinions are meaningless!

    May 7, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  14. megin

    There are 206.8 million Adults in the united states of which 130,306,739 voting in 2012.. 1.4 million signatures is NOT THE PEOPLE..

    May 7, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  15. rs

    thomase

    It's sad how the NRA has twisted gun control into meaning "leading to confiscation of all guns". It's people who aren't even willing to have a discussion regarding universal background checks who are ruining this country.
    __________________
    Well, worse actually that they have conflated gun-ownership with a desire and a willingness to try to overthrow the government. No one will support such radicalism.

    May 7, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  16. rs

    Liberal

    Why do demcorats insist on taking away Americans rights (Bill of Rights)?
    __________________________________
    Well, first they aren't, and to accept your statement you need to make clear how undergoing a background check in any way infringes on the 2nd Amendment. He's a hint- you can't.

    May 7, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  17. Independent

    That is the funniest thing I have seen, last I checked the NRA has over 4 million members so ummmm that is a lot more votes against it versus your 1.4 million for it!!! LOL

    May 7, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  18. Independent

    And for the record, I am NOT a NRA member so make that 4 million and 1 to your 1.4!

    May 7, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  19. Welfare Mama for Obama

    First Libtard who doesn't think that the NRA can generate 10 million signatures against this wins a new purse to put their welfare checks in. Ready? Go!

    May 7, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  20. Patrick in Wisconsin

    Folks, your beloved Second does NOT give you the right to own whatever weapon you see fit. You already can't have LMGs, RPGs, grenade launchers, and I haven't even gone into the medium artillery yet. Similarly I don't see any conceivable reason why someone would need a military assault rifle to defend your home, coming from someone in the National Guard.

    May 7, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  21. Nodack

    The will if the NRA trumps the will of the people. Money talks and BS walks. Apparently the NRA has billions to spend on propaganda and owns Republicans souls.

    May 7, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  22. sally-ann

    If the gun industry shpud be responsible for keeping their guns under control and liable for damages and costs to the states like every other industry.

    May 7, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  23. ron

    obama is not only fighting the nra, the the 10,s of millions of gun oners in this country, and those of us who don,t want our freedoms taken away...

    May 7, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  24. Ryan

    Reports show gun homicides down since 1990s http://bigstory.ap.org/article/reports-show-gun-homicides-down-1990s

    May 7, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    "First Libtard who doesn't think that the NRA can generate 10 million signatures against this wins a new purse to put their welfare checks in. Ready? Go!"

    Cute, but the polls show that for every 10M the NRA generates, the rest of us would generate 90M. That's what 90% supporting background checks and fixing loopholes means. Drop out of 3rd grade much? The racist dogwhistle inherent in your name gives it away.

    May 7, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
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