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  • Lake view: Pushback to NRA policies

  • It is easy to accept the media stereotype that all gun owners accept as gospel the initiatives of the NRA.
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  • It is easy to accept the media stereotype that all gun owners accept as gospel the initiatives of the NRA.  I just can't help but think that is simply not the case and like the "Silent Majority" of the 70s, there will be an awakening of responsible gun owners and some kind of pushback to the stark absolutism of the more extreme NRA policies.
    It seems to me that the loophole for unregistered "gun show" sales is such an example.
    Recently the New York Times ran a story of what I would hope would be another such initiative;
    www.nytimes.com/2013/03/18/us/facing-protective-orders-and-allowed-to-keep-guns.html
    To quote the article; "Intimate partner homicides account for nearly half the women killed every year, according to federal statistics. More than half of these women are killed with a firearm. And a significant percentage were likely to have obtained protection orders against their eventual killers."
    I would guess that it takes a pretty fair amount of courage and determination for a woman to file a restraining order. It would seem that the protection granted from such an order would extend to restricting her assailant's access to guns.
    The article cites numerous examples of failed policies and the tragic deaths that resulted.  It also showcases (Pg4) the success of San Mateo County in California: "'We have not had a firearm-related domestic violence homicide in the last three years,' ...Last year alone, the program took in 324 firearms through seizure or surrender from 81 people, out of more than 800 protective orders it reviewed."
    I know the CADV gets a lot of deserved publicity here and my general impression is that citizens are firmly in support of the campaign against domestic violence.  Shouldn't that extend to protection against gun violence as well a physical and emotional violence?
    If your mother or daughter was involved in an abusive relationship and took the step to file a restraining order, would you feel comfortable knowing her abuser possessed firearms?  Apparently the subject of an Order of Protection must surrender their concealed carry permit in Missouri (Ch 571, MO Revised Statues) but that is where it ends, they can still have access to their guns.
    I think that Missouri should reconsider this issue and restrict access, if only for the duration of the restraining order, to guns for the person who is cited in a restraining order.
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