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Missouri Takes Lead Reducing Gun and Domestic Violence

True Conservative! Wrote: Feb 11, 2013 12:14 PM
Definitely sounds like it's worth trying and get the results. If it works well, it will be adopted more widely. If it doesn't, it was tried on a smaller scale instead of a nationwide experiment! If it's abused, like many here think, put in more due process before forcing the substance user into treatment. I guess these statistics also puts the lie to the benign substance abuser theory!
JustMC Wrote: Feb 11, 2013 12:24 PM
Ummm, that's a bit like saying "let's get rid of trials and let Madame LaRue point out all the guilty when crimes are committed." While technically, it fits the model of experimentation by the states, it is insane on its face. Not to mention violating Constitutional protections for due process. Due process requires assesment of the INDIVIDUAL'S ACTUAL CRIMES to seize his life, liberty, or property. Finding him guilty of being a "substance abuser" with no other crime committed is VERY dangerous ground that circumvents the rights of each citizen. It is choosing to punish not for ACTUAL crimes but for crimes loosely correlated to a group label.

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...