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Guns and Domestic Violence - A Lethal CombinationNovember 13, 2017
Like all of you, we at Partners are deeply saddened by the recent mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, though we are not surprised that the shooter had a hsitory of domestic violence. Indeed, Everytown for Gun Safety's research shows that in the period 2009 - 2016, 54% of mass shootings in the United States involved domestic violence in some way. Sometimes the targets of the mass shooting were the shooter's domestic violence victims, their families and friends; other times the shooter targeted strangers but, like Devon Patrick Kelly, had a history fo domestic violence.
Here's Everytown's analysis: https://everytownresearch.org/reports/mass-shootings-analysis
You probably now know that federal law prohibits the possession or purchase of a firearm by someone who is the subject of a restraining order or has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, but the law does not apply if the paties are dating but not living together. This so-called "girlfriend/boyfriend" loophole exposes many vicitms of domestic violence as well as the genreal public to the risk of being shot or threatened with a firearm. Please consider contacting your representatives in Congress and ask tehm to change the law to cover dating relationships. It's a public safety issue. Access to gusn by domestic abusers creates danger for all.
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