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NCADV Grieves with Sutherland Springs and Demands Action

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) grieves with the families in Sutherland Springs who lost loved ones to hateful violence and with a community that will spend years healing. We also extend our best wishes for a full and speedy recovery for those wounded in the attack.

 

This morning,  NCADV Executive Director Ruth Glenn had this to say:  

 

“Prohibiting all abusers, including dating abusers and stalkers, from possessing guns and requiring background checks for all gun sales and transfers is simply common sense. Research shows these policies work, and the vast majority of Americans and gun owners support these policies. Lives are on the line. By failing to act, we fail to honor the memories of so many American women, men and children who are killed by abusers with guns. NCADV works every day to address the epidemic of domestic violence and firearms and will continue to do so. But it is time that as a nation, we take action to prevent further domestic terrorism. This is a guns and domestic violence issue. As a survivor of the often deadly intersection, I too demand action. Now is the time to take a stand and act.”

 

Yesterday’s shooting in Sutherland Springs, the shooting in Orlando, the Beltway sniper attacks, the shooting at the Congressional baseball practice, the Las Vegas shooting, and so many other mass shootings have one striking similarity - the perpetrator had a history of domestic violence. Over half of mass shootings are directly related to family violence, targeting one or more family members or intimate partner. Even when a family member or intimate partner is not directly targeted, the murderer is most often a domestic violence abuser - and not, as is sometimes purported, commonly an individual experiencing a mental health crisis.

 

These mass shootings by domestic abusers and others are a uniquely American problem, occurring almost daily. Following a high-profile mass shooting, we come together briefly as a nation to offer our thoughts and prayers, then immediately fracture into antagonistic parties. There are sensible solutions that do not infringe on the rights of responsible, law-abiding gun owners while keeping firearms out of the hands of people who have proven themselves to be violent. We must act on those common sense solutions - today.

Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at 10:11 AM

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