White House pulls ‘We the People’ petitions site to revamp
By Chris Eger
The platform was set up in 2011 by the Obama administration.
President Trump’s administration has taken down the popular web-based platform, which has seen a number of petitions on both sides of gun politics, promising to retool it.
The petitioning site has been swapped out for a placeholder saying the platform is down for maintenance and will return in late January. As for the outstanding petitions, they are supposed to be back as well.
“All existing petitions and associated signatures have been preserved and will be available when the site is relaunched,” says the site. “Following the site’s relaunch, petitions that have reached the required number of signatures will begin receiving responses.”
The petition process was established in 2011 as a public relations tool by the administration of President Obama, and tweaked several times since then with a baseline number of signers earning a response from the White House once a threshold was passed. By April 2016 the site had collected 32 million signatures on nearly a half-million varied petitions.
Several calling for gun control to include reinstating the Federal Assault Weapons Ban, expanding Brady background checks to all gun sales, banning the sale of ammunition to those not in the military, and a host