Petition to White House on gun control hits record number

Updated
A woman lights candles while visiting a memorial to the victims of the recent shooting in Sandy Hook Village in Newtown, Connecticut December 17, 2012. The...
A woman lights candles while visiting a memorial to the victims of the recent shooting in Sandy Hook Village in Newtown, Connecticut December 17, 2012. The...
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Forget secession and the Death Star. White House petitioners are really serious about gun control.

A petition on the White House’s website calling for the Obama Administration to immediately produce legislation limiting the access to guns has hit record numbers following Friday’s deadly shooting at a Newtown, Conn. elementary school.

By Tuesday afternoon (four days since the petition went up) more than 182,000 people had signed the document, easily surpassing the 25,000 electronic signatures requiring the White House to review the request.

Previously, a petition calling for Texas to withdraw from the United States and create its own government, ranked highest among the petitions with more than 120,000 signatures.

The petition was put on the White House “We the People” website by user “David G.” shortly after a gunman stampeded Sandy Hook Elementary School  on Friday and killed 26 people, including 20 children.

Up until Tuesday, President Obama had not proposed detailed plans to address gun violence in the U.S.

But at a press briefing on Tuesday afternoon, White House spokesman Jay Carney said Obama “actively” backed Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s effort to reinstate the assault weapons ban during his second term.

Petition to White House on gun control hits record number

Updated