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Missouri Takes Lead Reducing Gun and Domestic Violence

David R. Usher Wrote: Feb 12, 2013 12:03 AM
Maybe you need to read the bill. False allegations are self-reversing under this policy model. You can't fool a substance abuse treatment center. Most of them are recovering individuals who know all the tricks and can spot it a mile away.
DKJ Wrote: Feb 12, 2013 12:13 PM
Ah, yes, the right to be judged by a jury composed of former junkies that is enshrined in the Constitution.
MadisonWannabe Wrote: Feb 12, 2013 8:35 AM
http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20088952,00.html I was referring to this. It will be an even worse situation when in the hands of unaccountable people. A really bad idea.
MadisonWannabe Wrote: Feb 12, 2013 7:31 AM
..........damage is going to be worse than any good done. How do you decide which "recovered addicts" are not going to revert? You are putting too much faith into a few people and giving them and the state too much power over others with absolutely no guarantee of any good thing happening. This is ripe for abuse----just as Kathlene Morris used her power in Minn. Shakopee about 1984-5 area to decimate families with her sexual abuse allegations. She was immune from any personal responsibility and dozens of families and children were dragged through the mud. BAD BAD BAD idea.
MadisonWannabe Wrote: Feb 12, 2013 7:19 AM
Just like you can't fool an abuse counselor? The same claims are made for them also and a lot of people suffered under their missed diagnosis. Another area ripe for abuse is when an angry child starts making allegations--just as they do when they don't want to do their homework or chores. You may claim that your former addicts are going to get at the truth, but there WILL be failures, and the parents when faced with the choice between enforcing the rules or facing the legal system will be forced to cave in. Been there and done that. This is a real real bad idea with good intentions. Perhaps if you include provisions of PERSONAL liability against ANY mistakes by your former addicts, the results might be better, but the overall ..............

Missouri House Bill 402 is a major step forward reducing gun violence, domestic violence, and other forms of serious violence. For decades, federal and state policy attempting to impact these growing problems failed because the policies were pointed in the wrong direction.

Substance abuse in the family is the leading factor and primary driver of many kinds of gun-related crimes, domestic violence, and other offenses.

Substance abuse is tightly bound to domestic violence. Three-quarters of serious domestic violence is associated with substance abuse at the time of violence (Fig 3). This statistic does not include substance abusers who...