Recently Justice Clarence Thomas broke decades of silence to observe that the right to own a gun is constitutional and should not be infringed upon by a mere misdemeanor for domestic violence. His thinking–and states like Michigan and Louisiana which defend the “gun rights” of domestic abusers–is why beliefs about gun regulation often separate men from women.
Millions of women have current or ex partners who are violent and possessive. They drink too much, are emotionally unpredictable and prone to rages. When women try to leave them, they threaten, stalk and even shoot and kill the women. One source estimates a woman is shot by a husband or partner once a month in the US. In August five women were shot in five days.
It is no coincidence that violent “exes” are so alike. There is a definite “domestic batterer” personality. The dark behavior begins with possessiveness and extreme suspicion and graduates into violence including violence against their partners’ pets. Many domestic batterers say “you’re never leaving me alive” and, despite orders of protection, their chilling prediction often comes through. No wonder the Oscar “Blade Runner” Pistorius trial brought so many flashbacks to abused women.
Pistorius claims he loved Reeva Steenkamp the girlfriend he fatally shot, but emails presented in his trial did not profess love. They criticized her for chewing gum and flirting with someone else at a party. Pistorius “loved” Reeva Steenkamp but did not check to see if she was in her bed (or in another safe place) before firing four shots into the bathroom to kill an “intruder” and killing her. Neighbors report hearing female screams before the shooting which Pistorius’ defense said was him. Right.
Pistorius, reported to be a gun lover by witnesses, also has a lot of contradictions about the murder itself. He claims to have heard the intruder but the prosecutor, Gerrie Nel, says a loud air treatment system nearby would have baffled the noise. He claims he was “afraid” of the intruder but ran toward the intruder rather than out of the house when an exit was close by.
Pistorius also denies firing a pistol in a restaurant in 2013, months before shooting his girlfriend and has no idea how it happened. “The athlete said he could not explain how the gun went off,” reports CNN. He was also reported to shoot out of his car when on the highway.
Like many gun lovers in the US, Pistorius mentions instances where he “defended” himself against criminals and stopped crimes while admitting that he never reported the incidents to law enforcement officials. Like so many US “carriers” he is such a believer in “good guys” defending themselves with guns that he lets “bad guys” get away–to strike again. Thanks Oscar. One gun lover told us with a straight face he did not want his gun rights and privacy “infringed” by reporting a criminal to police. He actually hates law enforcers and the tyrannical government more than the bad guys who will go on to hurt someone else.
Obviously not all gun lovers are domestic batterers or bullies. But many domestic batterers and bullies are gun lovers as reams of police records reveal. Even a top NRA official in New York had his stash of 39 guns removed when he was charged with assorted domestic related crimes. Women are three times as likely to be shot and killed by gun-wielding intimate partners than they are strangers–which is why the issue of “gun rights” for domestic abusers divides most men and women.