In a move that I’m sure will send gun activists running to the latest and greatest hits from their conspiracy theory handbooks, Rep. Rafael Anchia (D-Dallas) and a Dallas County judge are looking into legislation measures that would give judges and police officers more authority to confiscate guns from those convicted of domestic abuse or subjects of protective orders.
This move coincides with a recent program Dallas instituted where police officers do regular follow ups on the most at-risk victims of domestic violence.
But you can almost be certain that any time the words “guns” and “confiscated” are mentioned in the same sentence, gun rights advocates will be out in force absolutely losing their minds.
Considering that women are five times more likely to be killed by their abuser if their abuser has access to a firearm, I don’t see how anyone could logically oppose measures to remove guns from those convicted of domestic violence.
Of course, women aren’t the only victims of domestic violence. Of the 17 deaths related to domestic violence in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex in 2014, seven were men, seven were women and three were children.
So I’m sure access to a firearm by someone committing domestic violence drastically increases the chance of a homicide no matter the gender of the abuser.
I’m really curious how gun rights activists will respond to this move. Will they act logically and support removing guns from those who might legally own them, but have a history tied to domestic violence? Or will many do what I expect and fight this attempt to get guns out of the hands of violent people in an effort to try to save lives?
After all, isn’t it the argument by these gun rights supporters that gun violence is all tied to mental health? Well, isn’t it safe to say that people who have been convicted of domestic violence probably aren’t right in the head?
Because that’s the gray area of the “target mental health” argument that I always try to bring up. At what point in assessing mental health do you determine if someone is too mentally ill to own guns? In my opinion, I think domestic violence is definitely an area where I would support denying the right to own firearms to someone who has a history of abuse.
Though I reserve any optimism I might have for a common sense approach to this issue as most gun rights activists often lack the ability to use any kind of common sense when it comes to guns.