MANAGING STRESS IN OUR LIVES

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Monday
Jan012018

IN 9/10 OF DEADLIEST MASS SHOOTINGS IN AMERICA THE GUNMAN HAD A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE TOWARD FAMILY MEMBERS

People who threaten others should not have access to weapons. As long as we continue to be obsessed with owning guns, even with the evidence that easy access to guns leads to deaths of many innocent people, it is critical that we put safeguards in place to protect innocent people from potentially dangerous people. The information in the title comes from an editorial entitled "The Terrors of Hearth and Home" in the December 32, 2017 New York Times. The editorial talks about the need for laws that allow police or concerned family members to petition the courts to issue orders that prevent potentially dangerous people from purchasing guns. A few states have the option of the police or concerned family members petitioning the courts to issue an extreme risk prevention order keeping individuals from purchasing guns. This can be critical as very often people who are being bullied and emotionally abused are afraid that obtaining a restraining order will lead to the abuser becoming more violent.  Domestic violence accounts for more than 50% of mass [4 or more people] shootings. To be able to prevent access to guns for people involved in domestic disputes who have threatened family members, could save the lives of family members including many children. 

So, if you feel that being able to temporarily keep violent people from buying guns is something we need in our country to save lives then let others know, including local, state and national government officials.