Domestic Violence Victims Need the Second Amendment: Paper

Domestic Violence Victims Need the Second Amendment: Paper

Photo by r_frank-g via Flickr Preserving the Second Amendment right to bear arms is critical for women in situations where they face life-threatening domestic abuse, argues a law professor at George Mason University. “Certainly it is difficult for a woman to adequately defend herself against a man, but when armed for her self-defense she has a chance to deter him and survive,” Joyce Lee Malcolm , a Second Amendment Constitutional Law professor at GMU’s Antonin Scalia Law School, wrote in a recent Liberty & Law Center Research Paper. Restraining orders against abusive partners often fail to deter violence, she maintained, citing a study in the Journal of American Psychiatry and the Law, which found that out of nearly 36,000 cases where protection orders had been involved, 18 percent had been violated. The study also found that 50 percent of those with a temporary restraining order reported unwanted contact in that time frame, while 75 percent of women reported some unlawful contact within the first year of the order’s implementation. In other words, Malcolm claimed, the police failed to protect the victim from their abuser, and many of them have lost their lives because of it—but she maintained law enforcement is not necessarily at fault. “The police simply cannot be on the spot, even when they have reason to know that a violent crime may occur,” she wrote. Malcolm used the example of domestic violence to counter some of the most common arguments against the right to bear arms, arguing […]

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