Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Welcomed Court Support

Despite a powerful gun lobby and a society that glorifies violence while disrespecting and insulting women and girls, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 7-2 ruling, upheld the federal ban on gun possession by convicted misdemeanor domestic violence abusers. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, speaking for the majority, cited arguments provided by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, writing that "firearms and domestic strife are a potentially deadly combination nationwide."

Intimate partner and domestic violence homicide is the leading cause of death for African American women ages 15 to 45. Also, black youth are over represented as victims of teen dating violence according to the Institute on Domestic Violence in The African American Community. On average, more than three people are killed by intimate partners every day and account for up to one-half of all homicides of females. Every year between 1,000 and 1,600 women die at the hands of their male partners, and 14 percent of all police officer deaths occurred during a response to domestic violence calls.

Battered black women who reported that they could rely on others for emotional and practical support were less likely to be re-abused, showed less psychological distress, and less likely to attempt suicide.

This court decision is very much welcomed and represents a major step in providing a safe and free environment for those who live under the nightmarish double oppression of gun violence and domestic abuse.

Link: Full Story


underOvr (aka The U) said...

Revvy Rev,

Speaking as someone opposed to the access and sale of handguns, I too applaud this decision. I welcome the day when guns are no longer thought of as "my Constitutional right to bear arms".


Revvy Rev said...

@The U - I am right there with you on this issue. I wish that we could just do away with them. But I know their arguments and strength so I am not optimistic. However, this ruling is a great victory.

Vérité Parlant said...

I'm amazed that a conservative Bush court did this. Very happy about the decision.

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SjP said...

I'm so glad that they got it right. I think that even the Founding Fathers would redefine what it means to have the "right to bear arms". Don't think that this is what they had in mind.

msladydeborah said...

This is definitely a decision to celebrate!

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