I wrote this for the Connecticut Health I-Team (C-HIT).
It can get discouraging, watching the blood-gargling NRA® work its evil magic on both the state and the federal level.
- Here‘s their latest success, in D.C., where a long-standing ban on carrying handguns outside the home was just ruled unconstitutional.
- Here‘s one of their minions comparing a push for increased background checks to Nazi Germany. (Take a lap, minion. Anytime someone invokes “Nazis” unduly, there needs to be a public shaming.)
- Aand here they are, suggesting replacing gun-free zones at schools with gun-required zones, making proficiency with firepower a requirement for advancement to the next grade.
I have lost the patience to pray for their crusty souls.
Our love affair with firearms — as brought to you by the blood-garglers — is particularly troubling, given that firearms play such a huge role in intimate partner violence. From the column:
- Women who have been abused are five times more likely to be killed by their abuser if the abuser owns a firearm.
- More than two-thirds of intimate partner homicide victims between 1980 and 2008 were killed with firearms.
- In Connecticut, between 2000 and 2011, 175 homicides were linked to domestic violence. Of those, 153 victims were females.
- This isn’t just a Connecticut problem. That Texas shooter who killed an entire family in July? He, too, had a history of domestic violence.
Fortunately, there are forces afoot that would counter their nonsense, including efforts from both of Connecticut’s U.S. senators, Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, and a well-run, dedicated group of high school students who won’t take no for an answer.
Yes, I have hope we can stop or at least staunch the bleeding. Onward.