WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court says a federal law barring people convicted of minor domestic violence offenses from possessing guns can be enforced even in states where no proof of physical force is required to support the domestic violence charge.
The justices on Wednesday reinstated charges against a Tennessee man who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic assault in 2001. He was then charged in 2009 with illegal possession of a firearm. Lower courts threw out the gun charge because Tennessee law doesn’t require physical, or violent, force to have been used in misdemeanor domestic assault.
The Supreme Court reversed that decision in an opinion by Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
The Obama administration argued that the lower courts’ reading of the law would render it unenforceable in many states.
The gun-rights fanatics love to throw statistics around and come up with ridiculously low percentages of everything from accidental shootings to outright murders. Anything to protect their precious guns from disparagement.
Meanwhile, Southern Beale publishes the misuses of guns in Tennessee every week. I think it's safe to say she chronicles between five and ten incidents every week. Over the course of a year that comes to 250 to 500 documented incidents of gun misuse IN TENNESSEE ALONE. Let's assume she's getting only a part of what's actually going on in every hick town and rural back water. That makes thousands of incidents in The Volunteer State alone.
I realize the FBI and the CDC stats are unimpeachable, but something doesn't add up. There's a lot more gun misuse going on than our friends the gun-rights fanatics are getting credit for. That's what I think.