Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Actvisit Right Wing Court: Welcome Home, Girlfriend. You're Dead.

 In 2000, for every one time a woman used a handgun to kill a stranger in self-defense, 222 women were murdered in handgun homicides.
                           - Violence Policy Center.Org (click here for link)

Republican rightists are obsessed when it comes to labeling liberal justices "activists" while they dance about like sugarplum fairies on Xtasy when portraying right wing radical judges as "originalists," or "strict constructionists."

The radical originalists, really fundamentalists with serious deficiencies in common sense, have come down firmly on the side of the gun-peddling death merchants and their acolytes in Congress. (As for intelligence, I, for one, am tired of reading and hearing about the brilliance of Scalia's and Alito's opinions, both of whom hide behind needlessly complicated, dissembling, Jesuitical, sophomoric analysis of law better suited to dorm rooms than the halls of the highest court in the land. They may be bright boys, but boys nonetheless. Bachelors as Mr. Bumble said in Oliver Twist. See the closing of this post below.)

The gun nuts (and their marionettes on the Court) believe that keeping a loaded piece in the house protects them from gun violence. How much more wrong could they be?

Women, in particular, are subject to enormously high rates of gun violence in the home, exactly where the right wing court's recent ruling is aimed. 

From 2000 to 2007, nearly approximately half of female homicide victims were killed by an intimate partner and of those, 3/4ths of those female victims of intimate partner homicide were killed with a gun. As an abused spouses advocate said to me, "You can at least run from a fist or a knife, but you can't outrun a bullet."

A 1997 study found that having one or more guns in the home made a woman 3.4 times more likely to be the victim of homicide perpetrated by anyone (stranger or acquaintance). 

Additionally, when looking at whether a woman would be killed at the hands of a spouse, intimate acquaintance, or close relative, the authors found that having one or more guns in the home made a woman 7.2 times more likely to be the victim of such a homicide. 

In March, NY Liberal State of Mind expressed fear about the impending ruling in a posting entitled "Guns and Judges." (click)

The post closed with a quote by Oliver Twist's Mr. Bumble that bears endless repeating:

“If the law supposes that,” said Mr. Bumble,… “the law is a ass—a idiot. If that’s the eye of the law, the law is a bachelor; and the worst I wish the law is that his eye may be opened by experience—by experience.”

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