The reality is that mass shootings often come back to one underlying theme that points to how we can prevent further tragedy. Often, as was the case in the Texas church shooting, the shooter has a history of domestic violence. In fact, in the majority of mass shootings — 54 percent — there is a connection to domestic or family violence.
It’s undeniable that in America, it is far too easy for people with dangerous histories — including domestic abusers — to get their hands on guns. This isn’t a partisan issue. The simple fact is that guns and domestic violence are a deadly combination. The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation makes it five times more likely that a woman will be killed.
If members of Congress are serious about saving lives, they should take action now to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers by passing bipartisan legislation sponsored by Reps. Debbie Dingell and Dan Donovan, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar. This important legislation would strengthen protections for victims of domestic abuse and keep guns out of the hands of people with dangerous histories.
Thoughts and prayers are not enough. We must demand an end to gun violence.
What’s the impact?
After reading Urs Gsteiger's letter in the Forum recently, and Congressman Phil Roe's glowing discussion of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and his earlier commentaries and votes on the Affordable Care Act, I have three questions for Roe:
• How many people in the 1st District will lose their insurance and/or be without affordable insurance?
• How much of a tax cut will middle class people of the 1st District get versus the wealthier people of the District?
• Have you told them?
Maybe Roe could help more people in his district by volunteering in the Remote Area Medical clinics.