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Domestic violence, paired with access to a gun, creates a deadly combination. Nearly 1 million women in the United States have been shot or shot at by an intimate partner, and more than half of the women murdered with guns in our country are killed by an intimate partner or family member. 

With October being Domestic Violence Awareness month, we need to do more than just be “aware” of these sobering statistics. We must encourage our lawmakers to act to protect women from gun violence at the hands of their intimate partners, and we must support the women and children who have been hurt by domestic violence in our communities. 

While current laws prevent abusers from possessing firearms after a conviction or while under a restraining order, there are no laws preventing stalkers or abusive unmarried partners from owning firearms. This deadly loophole must be closed. We also must ensure that abusers actually turn in their guns when ordered by the court. 

To learn more about domestic violence in our community and ways you can help, please attend the October meeting of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America which features speakers from Home Safe, our Sumner County domestic violence nonprofit agency. Our meeting will be held on Oct. 27 at 3 p.m. at New Creation Church in Hendersonville. If you can't attend, please text READY to 644-33 for more. information. 

Jessie McKinney, 

Hendersonville

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