Columbine survivor Evan Todd's open letter to President Barack Obama about gun violence spawned a plethora of interest. Following its publication, the survivor, who opposes firearms control, appeared on Glenn Beck's television show, Fox News, "The Sean Hannity Show" and a multitude of other programs. Now, a petition has emerged on the White House web site, urging people to sign on an effort to force officials to respond to Todd's grievances.
The petition, created by TheBlaze Radio's Doc Thompson on Feb. 21, 2013, asks the Obama administration to "answer, point-by-point, Columbine survivor Evan Todd's open letter to the [president] regarding gun control legislation." A description of the effort briefly recaps the fact that Todd was injured during the April 20, 1999, attack on his high school -- and that the survivor believes the president's gun control policies will inevitably fail.
"Evan has penned an open letter to [the president] with one of the smartest, thorough explanations to date," the description continues. "The American people deserve to hear why [the president] disagrees."
A screen shot from the White House petition site
According Thompson, the public is entitled to more than "talking points with flawed logic." With this reasoning, the hope is that the petition will gain enough signatures to be read and adequately responded to by administration officials.
Petitions must receive 100,000 signatures in 30 days in order to spawn a reply from Obama's team. Previously, this number was set at 25,000 (and 5,000 before that), but after a litany of petitions that weren't necessarily legitimate or important reaching this number, the bar has been raised.
Currently, the plea for a response to Todd has just over 100 signatures, with a deadline to reach 100,000 set for March 23. Read the original letter here.
Editor’s Note: The author of this article regularly works on speaking tours and educational projects with Evan Todd.
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