Last week, I listened as Kate Ranta recounted her story. Five years ago, her ex-husband shot his way into her home and then shot Kate and her father in front of her 4-year-old son. The intersection of guns and domestic violence is a deadly one:
• The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the chance of homicide by 500 percent.
• More than half of all women killed in the U.S. are killed by an intimate partner with a gun.
• Between 2001 and 2012, more women were murdered by an intimate partner with a gun than the number of U.S. troops killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan combined, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpebFYWX3Os&feature=youtu.be (more than 6,410 women).
The stories of domestic violence and gun violence victims and survivors highlight critical areas where change is needed. Kate’s story reveals several of these areas.
The anti-gun violence ministry team meets at 6 pm on the first Tuesday of each month. Please come to work with us on this mission.
On April 28th, UUFR’s Social Justice Sunday will be a service concerning gun violence. Our collection will be for North Carolinian’s Against Gun Violence.