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Missouri Takes Lead Reducing Gun and Domestic Violence

Dr_Zinj Wrote: Feb 11, 2013 11:18 AM
Interesting experiment. Which precisely why the Constitution is supposed to limit federal control and interference with the states. It allows states to take different approaches to problems, to see what works, and what fails.
JustMC Wrote: Feb 11, 2013 1:12 PM
I'm a HUGE believer in the 10th Amendment. But does the 10th Amendment allow gun-grabs, or does the Second Amendment extend certain protections that the Several States cannot trump?

That said, I'm fine with erring on the side of the 10th Amendment most of the time. As noted above, I'm not so much arguing from a Federal vs. State perspective, but instead am arguing the basic principle: life, liberty and property should not be taken by the state without due process, and not for any reason other than crimes committed against the life, liberty or property of others.

Allowing the label "substance abuser" to magically take away such protections is very dangerous. Whether done at state, federal, or ANY level.

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...