Mass Shootings Are Preventable

In this June 23, 2015 article in The Atlantic, David Frum makes the point, and substantiates it, that, although no single law could stop all mass shootings, smart steps can reduce the threat of future attacks.

From, a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, is obviously no arch-progressive.

His article makes a number of excellent points.

It is time that reasonable people here in the twenty-first century come together to understand and take action on the reality that America is more than ever saturated with guns and apparently guiltless about routine massacres of innocent civilians and little children.

Gun-control debate rises over domestic-violence protections

When Lori Jackson was murdered last May by a man who police identified as her estranged husband, the mother of two from Oxford had a temporary restraining order in place, prohibiting contact but still allowing him to possess a gun until a hearing took place before a judge.

Now, companion bills crafted in response to the shooting of Jackson, 32, and her mother, who survived, are picking up momentum in the final week of the legislative session and are pitting domestic-violence awareness groups against Second Amendment activists in Connecticut.

The legislation would force those with a temporary restraining order against them to surrender any firearms and ammunition to police upon being served with the no-contact measure.

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The Post and Courier wins Pulitzer Prize for domestic violence series

The Post and Courier on Monday was awarded the year’s most prestigious Pulitzer Prize for its series about the deadly toll that domestic violence takes on South Carolina women.

The Public Service gold medal went to the newspaper for its “Till Death Do Us Part” articles that were published across five editions in August. Reporters Doug Pardue, Glenn Smith, Jennifer Berry Hawes and Natalie Caula Hauff authored the series.

Their work told the tales of domestic abuse survivors and of the 300 women in the Palmetto State who have been shot, stabbed, strangled, beaten, bludgeoned or burned to death by men during the past decade while legislators did little to quell the bloodshed.

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