Shootings and guns: Help 10-year-old Theo get 10,000 signatures


Theo Williams

Scared by the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, Theo Williams, 10, who lives in Logan Square and attends a Chicago Public grade school, says, "I really, really, really want no more killings." He backs that up with action and you can help. 

Gripped by what he was hearing and seeing on television and social media. Theo went online to research facts about school shootings, guns, the National Rifle Association (NRA) and statistics about shootings and murders. 

He learned that, excluding suicides, 15,549 people were killed in the United States with guns in 2017. In Chicago so far this year, 79 people have been shot and killed, 337 shot and wounded, 446 people shot and 95 killed. 

Pointing out that means somebody gets shot every four hours and three minutes, and murdered every 17 hours and 41 minutes in Chicago. Theo says that, "We can stop this. We can stop guns and the killings. We can be like England or Australia and enforce gun laws." 


During the 17-minute walk out at Burr School, Theo is in first row with bright green jacket

Theo was part of the 17-minute walk out by students at Burr Elementary School. He participated in last Saturday's March to Live walk. Now he wants to see lawmakers take action. 

Emma Gonzalez, one of the Parkland students, impresses him because she speaks up, not afraid to show her feelings as she shows reasons why guns are bad and how change is needed.

"People say they have a right to firearms thanks to the 2nd amendment," says Theo " But, Isn’t the Constitution supposed to change with time? Isn’t the Constitution supposed to adapt to our modern political world as Thomas Jefferson said?  'I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and Constitutions. But laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times.'


Theo (r) waits as another student signs his petition

Parkland's Alex Wind is seven years older than Theo and he says, "We are the generation that has been trapped up in closets waiting for police to come or waiting for a shooter to walk in through our door. We are the people who know what it is like first hand." 

And Parkland's Cameron Kasky, "We are the mass shooting generation. I'm 17 and was born months after Columbine." 

Seventeen years after Columbine, Theo asks, "Why do people shoot other people? We are all from same ancestry why do we do this?" But his questions are not stopping him from taking action. 

He has created a petition, using the most peaceful image he could find on the internet. It says, "Say No to Guns, Stop the Killing." His compromise is to at least ban assault guns including bump stocks. 

His goal is to get 10,000 names to send to Illinois and U.S. legislators. So far he has 101. 

You can help Theo reach his goal while showing support for the most adult voices speaking out...the kids!




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