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Domestic Violence and Mass Shootings
June 29, 2016
In the wake of the Orlando mass shooting, the focus has turned to what motivated the shooter to commit this heinous hate crime. Some sources claim that he pledged allegiance to ISIS during the shooting, while others claim that he was gay himself, and desperate to hide his sexuality while simultaneously lashing out at those who he believe rejected him. Amidst all of this speculation, an important component of his background has largely been overlooked: his significant history of domestic violence. While it appears that the Orlando shooting was ultimately about hatred for the LGBTQ community, the shooter’s history of violence against women must be viewed as a warning sign of a potential for further violence.
It’s clear that a change is needed. We need to take domestic violence more seriously, and take steps to ensure that those who abuse their partners cannot purchase firearms. We also need to transform our society, so that the type of abuse so often perpetrated by mass shooters — stalking, harassment, intimidation and more — is no longer accepted as part of our culture, or a sign that a man is just really interested in a woman. One way to start is through engaging men in our goal of ending violence. Our Men As Allies group offers a concrete way to get involved and make a real difference in our community. Click below to learn more —and to be part of the solution!