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Gun ownership petitions multiply at White House website

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“We the People” — the portion of the official White House website devoted to public pleas for assorted causes — is rife with petitions related to gun rights in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., shootings.

A demand to “Support and fully endorse the National Rifle Association’s ‘National School Shield’ program,” has already accrued more than 16,000 signatures since it was created Dec. 22.

Another, titled “Press charges against David Gregory for possession of a 30-round, high capacity assault rifle magazine in Washington D.C.” is closing in on 6,800 signatures since it was posted Sunday

Mr. Gregory, who is host of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” used what appeared to be just such a magazine as an on-camera prop during an interview with National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre on Sunday.

“David Gregory is not above the law; he is a journalist, and must be held accountable to the same law as every other person. … We The people demand that he be formally charged for violation of this law on ‘Meet The Press,’ ” the petition states.

Multiple news organizations are now reporting that Washington Metropolitan Police are now investigating the claim that Mr. Gregory has possibly brandished the magazine.

Meanwhile, another petition at the White House site calls for the creation of ” ‘Gun Free Politician Zones’ for all politicians who support ‘Gun Free School Zones’ and strict gun control laws.” It has accrued some 1,750 signatures since its creation Christmas Eve.

“If their argument is right, that guns kill people, it is more than appropriate that they disarm their security and themselves to demonstrate that they can live the way they are both proposing and legislating that the rest of the 99 percent, (not in the political 1 percent elite) live.”

At last count, there were more than 30 open petitions related to gun rights, prompting President Obama to offer a collective response to them via a YouTube video on Dec. 21, outlining “first steps we can take to begin work on ending this cycle of violence.”

See the often updated list of petitions here: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petitions.

Mr. Obama’s video is here: http://youtu.be/u5ynVMBxOus.

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