Felicia Chew on Guns and Domestic Violence

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Guns are more likely to kill a person than a knife stabbing.

“A third of patients with gunshot wounds (33.0 percent) died compared with 7.7 percent of patients with stab wounds.” (https://www.pennmedicine.org/news/news-releases/2014/january/survival-rates-similar-for-gun)

Friends, I am not anti-gun.  I am anti-death-sentencing to victims of domestic violence by intimate partners who own a gun.

“The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of homicide by 500%.” (https://ncadv.org/statistics)

“At least 52 percent of American women killed with guns are killed by intimate partners or family members.” (https://everytownresearch.org/issue/domestic-violence/)

When 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men experience domestic violence, it is important to consider and enact policies that provide safety for each of us and all of us.

SB 1219 in the Arizona State Legislature is working to classify domestic violence offenders as prohibited possessors. Unfortunately, this bill has not made progress in the Senate.

Most likely, opposition to this bill is due to the myth that prohibited possessors never get their firearms back.  This is untrue.  (http://www.theheathlawfirm.com/how-to-restore-gun-rights-in-arizona/)

Personally, I think 10 years is too long.  However, due to the current ability for sentence reductions, etc, it is necessary to have a longer term, so there is something to give for “good behavior”. This is why it is necessary to have sentence reform, as well as updated policies.

Read more at www.feliciachew.com/loopholes.

Learn more about our work, and a bill we have drafted to end systemic domestic violence at www.feliciachew.com/dvssadvocacy

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