What connection is there between mass shootings and domestic violence? Billy Johnson from Amidst The Noise weighs in.
March, 2009, Robert Stewart opens fire in a Carthage, North Carolina nursing home killing 8 and injuring 2.
October, 2012, Scott Evans Dekraai opens fire in a Seal Beach, California salon killing 8 and injuring 1.
April, 2013, Dennis Clark opens fire in a Federal Way, Washington Apartment building killing 4.
What do all of these tragedies have in common? They started as domestic violence. According to a recent report by USA today, approximately 900 people have died in mass shootings since 2007. Of those, a majority were killed by someone they knew.
Even the rabidly anti-gun Mayor Bloomberg can’t deny the connection. His coalition of Mayors Against Illegal Guns recently released an analysis of 56 mass shootings and found that almost 60% of them involved or started as domestic violence.