YWCA Union County Statement on Shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas
November 6, 2017
As we at the YWCA Union County react with equal sadness and horror at the massacre in Sutherland Springs, Texas, we are reminded by the National Coalition to End Domestic Violence that: “Over half of mass shootings are directly related to family violence, targeting one or more family members or intimate partner. Even when a family member or intimate partner is not directly targeted, the murderer is most often a domestic violence abuser – and not, as is sometimes purported, commonly an individual experiencing a mental health crisis.” It was no surprise to learn that the shooter in Texas had a history of domestic violence as well as animal abuse, and that a “domestic situation” preceded the massacre.
The time for action is long past due. While indeed thoughts and prayers for the victims, their families, and all those impacted by these massacres are always appropriate – it is not enough! The time is NOW to take action, to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers, to strengthen background checks for all gun sales and transfers, and to pass legislation restricting gun ownership in a sensible way. To do nothing is tantamount to walking away and washing our hands of the blood of the victims. They deserve more – we all deserve more.