League of Women Voters of Seminole County

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GUNS AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE – A Dangerous Combination

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LWVSC Gun Safety AT presented this panel discussion and program on gun violence as it intersects with domestic violence to an audience drawn from both Seminole and Orange Counties.  The take-away was that when domestic violence and firearms are simultaneously present, statistics show that death rates rise exponentially.

It is also clear that the model of removing a victim from their home and life does nothing to alleviate the danger and turmoil they face, whereas removing, monitoring, and controlling the perpetrator not only protects their current victim, but prevents the recurrence of future victims.   Lives can be saved by instituting better protocols and by revising laws to allow the removal of firearms upon an arrest for domestic violence or when a temporary injunction is imposed.

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