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1 researchok  Fri, Dec 7, 2012 11:07:03am

Somebody noted, 'This was not a tragedy. This was a crime.'

It was crime that authored the tragedy.

2 Political Atheist  Fri, Dec 7, 2012 12:53:21pm

I just want to add a link to the VPC who has reliable stats on this.

[Link: www.vpc.org...]

To me the stunning stat is not the gun use, I presume knives and clubs and poison would become the go to for a killer. The stat that gets me is these two-

More than five times as many women were murdered by an intimate acquaintance (605) than by a stranger (113) in the year 2000. Additionally, while firearm homicides involving male victims were mostly intra-gender, 95 percent of female firearm homicide victims were murdered by a male.

Domestic violence against women is a disturbingly common occurrence in the United States. Estimates from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) indicate that from 1993 to 1998, women were victims of violent crimes by their intimate partners an average of more than 935,000 times a year. During this period, intimate-partner violence comprised 22 percent of all violent crimes against women. Although firearms are used in a relatively small percentage of domestic violence incidents, when a firearm is present, domestic violence can and all too often does turn into domestic homicide. Congress, recognizing the unique and deadly role firearms play in domestic violence passed the Protective Order Gun Ban in 1994. The law prohibits gun possession by a person against whom there is a restraining or protective order for domestic violence. In 1996, Congress passed the Domestic Violence Misdemeanor Gun Ban, which prohibits anyone convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence or child abuse from purchasing or possessing a gun.

3 Holidays are Family Fun Time  Fri, Dec 7, 2012 1:40:02pm

8 or 7 days until the VAWA is back again for vote in Congress?


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