A petition posted on the White House website Friday afternoon by Brooklyn resident David Glynn passed the 25,000 signature mark, triggering the administration’s response threshold.
Glynn’s petition asks that the Obama administration “immediately” produce “legislation that limits access to guns.”
Glynn, a 31-year-old social media consultant, told BuzzFeed that he posted his petition at 1:51 p.m., and it gained signatures at an average rate of 5,000 every hour. It passed the response checkmark shortly after 6:30 p.m.
“I didn’t expect a lot to come from it,” said Glynn. “But we had 20 children die today, and it’s pretty clear that something is wrong.”
Glynn, a longtime Obama supporter who donated to the campaign on several occasions, said he was disappointed that the president didn’t more often discuss gun control on the trail this year.
“I was a little bitter in some sense, because I had donated money constantly to the Obama campaign, and he’s been silent on the issue,” said Glynn. “I sort of demand that my money go to work. It’s weird to monetize something like this, but the idea that nothing could come from this — that there could be no change — is unacceptable in my mind.”
Glynn said he has not received an email or response from the White House since his petition crossed the 25,000 signature mark. The administration website says that if a petition “gets enough support, White House staff will review it, ensure it’s sent to the appropriate policy experts, and issue an official response.”
“I actually don’t expect a lot to come from it,” Glynn said. “But that’s part of the whole point — you have these things that are just there to make you feel better, but nothing ever gets done.”