January 18, 2013
A petition calling for the elimination of armed guards “for the President, Vice-President, and their families” has met and exceeded the previous threshold set by the White House on their We The People petition submission site.
The petition states: “Gun Free Zones are supposed to protect our children and some politicians wish to strip us of our right to keep and bear arms. Those same politicians and their families are currently under the protection of armed Secret Service agents. If Gun Free Zones are sufficient protection for our children, then Gun Free Zones should be good enough for politicians.”
Although it will likely receive only a glib response, the petition reaches its quota just as fervor over a National Rifle Association (NRA) ad pointing out this very same hypocrisy has erupted.
The ad, posted just a few days ago, asks, “Are the president’s kids more important than yours? Then why is he skeptical about putting armed security in our schools? When his kids are protected by armed guards at their school,” recalling NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre’s interview with David Gregory in which he stated, “If it’s crazy to call for putting police in and securing our schools to protect our children, then call me crazy.”
The ad was immediately the focus of mainstream media and political attacks. On an episode of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, host Joe Scarborough and co-host Mika Brzezinski ham it up after a public viewing of the ad, asking, “What’s wrong with these people?” and claiming, “I’m embarassed for this country.”
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie also joined the chorus of disapproving voices calling the NRA’s use of Obama’s daughters in the ad “reprehensible,” saying, “the children of public figures should be off-limits to political attacks,” according to the Associated Press.
Not one to allow sniveling globalist weasels to slickly and covertly manipulate the public, radio host Alex Jones created his own video response to Obama’s recent comments undeniably targeting Jones, while simultaneously confronting Morning Joe’s sensationalistic reaction to the NRA’s ad.
White House We The People Site and Petition Signature Threshold Increase
Since September 2011, the White House has offered citizens the chance to voice their opinions and have their concerns addressed if petitions garnered enough support to warrant so. The site originally required a signature count of 5,000, however, one month later that requirement was raised to 25,000.
Much to the chagrin of the current administration, the website has consistently failed to produce the type of requests concordant with their outlined agenda. “The last two months of 2012, apparently, saw some 73,000 new petitions,” reported the Atlantic, referring partly to the huge surge of secession petitions from states whose citizens requested opting out of the continental United States for a multitude of reasons.
For example, Texas’ petition, which was electronically signed by over 125,000 willing Texans, stated that the “US continues to suffer economic difficulties stemming from the federal government’s neglect to reform domestic and foreign spending.” It blamed the federal government for the NDAA and TSA, and aimed to restore the “rights and liberties in accordance with the original ideas and beliefs of our founding fathers which are no longer being reflected by the federal government.”
Infowars.com took part in the rush offering up a petition that went viral calling out British CNN host Piers Morgan for using his position as a media figure to publicly drum up support for subversion of the US Constitution. The White House responded to our petition during the episode of Piers Morgan Tonight on which Alex Jones, co-writer of the petition and proprietor of Infowars.com, appeared.
Earlier this week, the White House announced yet another increase to their signature threshold citing an “overall use skyrocket.” They relayed that because “more petitions are crossing the threshold — and doing so much more quickly” that this somehow constitutes a valid reason for upping the threshold to a daunting 100,000 signatures.
Petition to Try Feinstein For Treason Also Reached Threshold For White House Response
Another petition was also able to reach the signature threshold before it was raised, and now awaits the administration’s response. It calls to “Try Senator Dianne Feinstein in a Federal Court for Treason to the Constitution.”
“Senator Dianne Feinstein has made it clear she does not believe in the Constitution or the inalienable rights of Americans to keep and bear arms,” asserts the petition, adding, “She is actively working to destroy the 2nd amendment with her 2013 assault weapons ban. For this reason we the people of the United States petition for her to be tried in Federal Court for treason to the Constitution.”
“Feinstein’s hypocrisy on the gun control issue has been well documented. In 1995, the California Senator admitted that she carried a gun for personal protection after receiving threats from a terrorist group,” Paul Watson wrote earlier this month.
“However, in the very same year she called for an ‘outright ban’ on all guns for ordinary citizens, sending the message, ‘Mr. and Mrs. America, turn ‘em all in.’”
Infowars’ petition calling for ‘Gun Free’ federal buildings and federal events
Late last month, Alex Jones and Infowars.com launched another petition proposing a ban on gun free zones for, not only Obama, his cohorts and their families, but at federal buildings and any federal events, also adding that all federal security personnel should “turn in their guns.”
“Jones and Infowars.com believe there should not be a double standard,” our petition declares. “If the government believes gun free zones are a solution for citizens, the same standard should apply to government servants and employees.”
As of writing, our petition needs about 10,000 more signatures by January 27, 2013 to reach the original goal of 25,000.
Although the Obama administration will likely not entertain any petitions not in accordance with the desired agenda, it’s clear that the We the People program has become an absolute bust. Frankly, it’s surprising the site has not been completely scrapped altogether.
Raising the threshold is one way to ensure that only popular opinions are addressed, however, it also stifles legitimate concerns that may be less popular.