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Texas shooting shows that domestic violence is a national security issue

Texas shooting shows that domestic violence is a national security issue”

On Sunday, at least 26 people were murdered in a small Texas town when a lone gunman opened fire in a local church. Three of the deadliest shootings of the past 35 years have occurred in the past 18 months.

"This country is not safer than it was five years ago", he said.

President Trump is on an overseas trip in Asia. Our lawmakers offer inane promises of "thoughts and prayers".

In the week after the Las Vegas massacre, Democrats on Capitol Hill held a series of press conferences to highlight the need for legislative action, including an expansion of background checks.

Then, the measures to ban bump stocks stalled. The violence is consistent with a trend in recent U.S. history - mass shootings have become more frequent and more deadly. But there's one thing almost all of them have in common: a history of domestic violence.

We obsess over the shooter's race, his religion, whether he had mental illness.

Organizers and members of groups like Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence found it upsetting to learn incidents, such as the one in Texas, could be the result of system failure or human negligence. It's still unclear, however, whether his military court martial should have disqualified him from purchasing a weapon.

According to Everytown for Gun Safety's analysis of Federal Bureau of Investigation data on mass shootings from 2009 to 2016, 54 percent were related to domestic or family violence.

Criminology experts point out that a correlation is not proof of causation - after all, the majority of domestic abusers don't carry out mass shootings.

"[It] creates a pressure point, a fulcrum, for Republicans in Congress that will ultimately lead, I think, to the people who stand in the way of gun reform to lose their seats", he said. "We know what to do".

"Besides the gun industry's bottom line, there is no reason to allow the continued sale of military bred assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines", said Violence Policy Center Executive Director Josh Sugarmann.



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