(thank you Peter Sullivan for sharing this article with One Pulse for America)
The combination of domestic violence and guns has proven deadly across America; from February 2019 to today there have been c 400 domestic violence incidents involving shootings; this map from Gun Violence Archives illustrates.
Officer Martinez of Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office, knowing something of domestic violence herself. She helped spearhead a policy that has undoubtedly saved lives.
As The Trace Reports: “When Martinez and her supervisor told Webre that they wanted to find a way to take guns from all domestic abusers, he backed them up immediately. They requested a meeting with the nearest ATF field office, and asked the federal agents how they could help them enforce the federal laws prohibiting people with domestic violence offenses from having guns.
The ATF agents said that if Lafourche sheriff’s deputies could get every domestic abuser who was prohibited from having guns to sign a form saying they understood the law, it would make it easier to prove they were knowingly violating it.
Also, if the local cops could collect important documents, like the report of when someone was found with an illegal firearm, it would make it easier for the ATF to act. They’d give the package to federal prosecutors, who could issue an indictment.”
This small Louisiana police force has some of the strictest domestic violence gun laws around. This article goes into depth on the people they’ve helped and what they’re doing; let’s thank them for taking abuse and guns seriously.
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Hello I am with One Pulse for America; we are campaigning for saner gun laws to save lives. It is absolutely wonderful to read about your great domestic violence initiative; you should be proud and it should become standard practice countrywide. I will certainly recommend that my own local law enforcement rolls out a similar scheme.
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It is absolutely wonderful to read about your domestic violence initiative; you should be proud and it should become standard practice countrywide. I will certainly recommend that my own local law enforcement rolls out a similar scheme. Thank you!
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