A petition to the White House calling for action on gun control has broken all previous records, topping 175,000 signatures as of this morning.
The petition, labeled "Immediately address the issue of gun control through the introduction of legislation in Congress," was crafted Dec. 14 by someone known only as "David G" and has far outstripped hundreds of thousands of petitions made to President Barack Obama in terms of public support.
“The goal of this petition is to force the Obama administration to produce legislation that limits access to guns. While a national dialogue is critical, laws are the only means in which we can reduce the number of people murdered in gun-related deaths.”
"The signatures on this petition represent a collective demand for a bipartisan discussion resulting in a set of laws that regulates how a citizen obtains a gun," says the posting on the White House "We the People" website.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the move presents a "direct challenge" to Obama's promised action on the gun issue following the Dec. 14 shooting in Newtown, Conn. It also reflects rising outrage over 20-year-old shooter Adam Lanza's ability to arm himself with multiple weapons and hundreds of bullets before entering Connecticut's Sandy Hook elementary school on Dec. 14 and taking the lives of 20 young children and six adults.
California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein told NBC's Meet the Press on Dec. 16 that she will introduce a new assault-weapons ban in Congress when lawmakers reconvene in January.