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Missouri Takes Lead Reducing Gun and Domestic Violence

michigander4 Wrote: Feb 11, 2013 7:42 AM
I admire the good intentions. But is it really the role of the state to place one spouse in control of the other through legislation. I can envision abuse of such a law by a spouse with ulterior motives falsely accusing the other of substance abuse. I just think there will be unintended consequences. Time will tell.
David R. Usher Wrote: Feb 11, 2013 9:33 AM
Under the present law, the non-substance-abusing spouse has to live through hell. Public policy should back the responsible spouse, not the substance abuser. This will no longer happen. Substance abuse centers interview both spouses and get to the bottom of the family dynamic. Most individuals working in this field are former substance abusers. You can't fool them. Our form gives the abuse center the ability to say that the petitioner is the one with the substance abuse problem. Those who try to game the system will find themselves at the other end of the restraining order.
JustMC Wrote: Feb 11, 2013 10:48 AM
One could say the exact same thing about the family of a murder victim during an investigation and trial. Let's try it together: "Under the present law, the family of the murder victim has to live through hell."

So, let's skip the murder investigation and trial and just let some DECIDER skip all the rules of a court. (Designed over centuries to protect the rights of the accused). Because the wisdom of the ages recognizes the TERRIBLE WRATH of force of law without such protections, and the abuse the always follows.) Nah, let's skip that. Let the DECIDER pin a label on the person, and strip him of his liberty and property.

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...