MD shall issue pettition


Novus Collectus
February 15, 2008, 04:22 PM
Please read and sign if you agree:

Even if you do not sign, then please disseminate the information within to fellow Marylanders.

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February 15, 2008, 06:14 PM
Snopes Internet Petitions (

Claim: Signing and circulating online petitions is an effective way of remedying important issues.

Status: False.

<snip> E-petitions are the latest manifestation of slacktivism, the search for the ultimate feel-good that derives from having come to society's rescue without having had to actually get one's hands dirty or open one's wallet. It's slacktivism that prompts us to forward appeals for business cards on behalf of a dying child intent upon having his name recorded in the Guinness World Book of Records or exhortations to others to continue circulating a particular e-mail because some big company has supposedly promised that every forward will generate monies for the care of a particular dying child. Likewise, it's slacktivism that prompts us to want to join a boycott of designated gas companies or eschew buying gasoline on a particular day rather than reduce our personal consumption of fossil fuels by driving less and taking the bus more often. Slacktivism comes in many forms (and there are many other illustrations of it on this web site; our goal was merely to offer a few examples rather than provide a definitive list), but its key defining characteristic is its central theme of doing good with little or no effort on the part of person inspired to participate in the forwarding, exhorting, collecting, or e-signing.


Those truly committed to righting the wrongs of the world are encouraged to take pen in hand and craft actual letters to their congressmen or to whomever they deem are the appropriate people to contact about particular issues. Real letters (the kind that are written in a person's own words and sent through the regular mail) are accorded far more respect than form letters (let alone petitions), and that should be kept in mind by those intent upon being heard. Yes, the effort it takes is far larger. But so is the potential for making an actual difference.</snip>

While the idea is fantastic, I think your efforts are more effective on a phone, pen and paper, or face to face with politicians.

Novus Collectus
February 15, 2008, 09:00 PM
Yes, most of us in MD do all that too, but why not add to it if the effort is minimal?
For instance, I testified at the legislative hearing on the shall issue bill, but I also signed this peitition.

What harm can it do to sign this petition?

February 15, 2008, 11:57 PM

February 16, 2008, 07:52 AM

February 17, 2008, 06:25 PM
Yea, I saw that thing on snopes as well.. quite a few of the petition sites actually list examples of results they have had from their petitions. Someone should post a snope about snopes being 100% accurate all the time ;)

I've written countless letters, emails and made countless phone calls since moving to MD recently (from PA) and realizing that my rights to carry were not recognized by the state. Not much response.. So I thought of what else I could do.... this is what came up.

February 17, 2008, 06:56 PM
It doesn't hurt to sign it. It's quick and free.

One more tool in the activist's toolbox.

February 17, 2008, 08:00 PM
Signed it a week ago. :)

Novus Collectus
February 18, 2008, 04:15 PM
Hopefully in another week more know of it so they can sign.

February 19, 2008, 04:11 PM
What a snippy Snopes snippet!

Hopefully, the results of this petition will dumped on every elected official's desk. They've certainly dumped on us!

Maryland activists are NOT slacktivists! :uhoh:

Novus Collectus
February 23, 2008, 11:15 PM
Nearly 1,000 signatures now.

February 23, 2008, 11:31 PM
OK, Signed. :)

Novus Collectus
February 24, 2008, 12:57 PM
Intersting side note about the bill this pettition is all about:

chris in va
February 25, 2008, 04:21 AM
Wow, that little video was actually quite 'fair and balanced' with the reporting. Just the facts. Wish they all could be that way.

February 26, 2008, 08:24 PM
Signed #1044
We need alot more

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