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There’s a scary link between gun violence and domestic violence

gun violence and domestic violence

Gun violence and domestic violence have a lot in common. (djwudi/Flickr)

Following the most deadly mass shooting in modern US history that claimed 50 lives in Orlando, new details are emerging about the murderer Omar Mateen.

Like the fact that he severely abused his ex-wife.

Is he the only mass shooter who abused his partner?

Each time a mass shooting occurs, the conversation ends in a debate over mental illness and gun control. The thing is, these aren't the only factors at play. While Mateen is a prime example of gun violence being connected to domestic violence, he's not the only example.

A gun control group discovered how 57% of mass shootings from 2009 to 2015 included a spouse, ex-spouse, or other family member. Oh, and 16% of the shooters had previous charges of domestic violence.

That's not all, either. Most victims from the 57% of mass shootings are women or children. And 70% of all mass shootings happen inside the home. The thing is, these shootings rarely make national headlines like public shootings do.

If that's not a big enough connection, there's a long list of high-profile mass shooters with a history of domestic abuse as well. There's Robert Lewis Dear (the Planned Parenthood shooter), John Houser, Cedric Ford, and many others throughout history.

While there are many other factors involved in mass shootings, the connection between gun violence and domestic violence shouldn't be ignored.

This leaves us with the question: Should we do more to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers?

Want to learn more? Watch this "Democracy Now!" segment about the connection:

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There’s a scary link between gun violence and domestic violence

Christina Buff

Christina is a freelance writer from a tiny town in Southern Maryland who just can't seem to figure out whether others are being sarcastic or not. She has a degree in business communication, with a focus in writing, from Stevenson University, and has written things for Severna Park Voice, Maryland Film Festival, The Villager, and Hello Giggles. Follow her on twitter @tinaBUFF where she constantly overthinks her tweets, or read her medley of musings at touchinfinity.wordpress.com.

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