Yesterday the GOP baseball team was attacked by a lone gunman — a white, male, senior citizen from the Midwest, Illinois to be exact.
In addition to critically wounding a sitting white male GOP Congressman from Louisiana, his white male aide a 2015 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in government, and a white male former GOP staffer turned lobbyist for Tyson Foods were also shot. Additionally, two heroic Capitol police were shot, one man, one woman. They, however, weren’t the gunman’s target, just collateral damage.
On the surface of this, it appears that this was white man on white man violence. But the reality is, this happened because no one cares about violence against women.
You see, there is a long-standing federal law dating back to 1994, that bans people who commit domestic violence from owning guns. The shooter had a 20-year history of domestic violence against multiple foster daughters. How bad was it? One 17-year-old died by setting herself on fire in a car. He threatened another foster daughter’s boyfriends with a rifle, shooting off a round near his head, but still the local police didn’t take away this man’s guns.
Why was this abusive man allowed to keep his guns? Because the police kept dropping the charges. You know, it’s a family thing. They’re just women he’s beating up and causing to kill themselves. They can work it out.
Why didn’t the State of Illinois bothered to enforce the law to prevent vulnerable young women in foster care from being victims of domestic abuse? Guess they don’t care about them. Not the police, not the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, not anyone.
And so, because of this, an angry old white man was free to own a gun and shoot whomever he wanted. The only difference this time was, instead of targeting the girls in foster care, he chose to target a congressmen. Oh, and the other difference, this time he was shot dead for it.
It’s not domestic violence, it’s violence. Poor girls in foster care should have the same rights and protections under the law as rich male congressmen. If they truly did, this shooting at least would never have happened.
For anonymous, confidential help available 24/7, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY) now.