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The Source: Domestic Violence Related Gun Deaths On Rise In Texas

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Last week, the U.S. Supreme court upheld a law that banned gun ownership for those convicted of a reckless domestic assault - even if it's a misdemeanor in Voisine v. United States.

The decision was a major blow to those who see the constitutional right to gun ownership as virtually absolute.

And for those who are concerned about family and gun violence it was a major victory.

Texas is seeing an increasing trend of women being killed in domestic violence.

Speaking Thursday on TPR's The Source Nailya Fuller - with Family Violence Prevention Services in San Antonio said the statewide numbers are shocking.

"In 2011 there were 102 women killed in domestic violence incidences. In 2012 we went up to 114 women. In 2013 it went to 119 and in 2014 132."

Fuller said in 2014 Bexar County had five domestic violence homicides, and according to the National Domestic Abuse Hotline the county ranks number four for domestic violence calls. A woman is more likely to be killed by a male partner or former partner than any other person.  Nationally four thousand women die each year due to domestic violence.   

Guests

  • Nailya Fuller, legal director at Family Violence Prevention Services Inc.
  • Lindsey Nichols, senior attorney at the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence
David Martin Davies can be reached at dmdavies@tpr.org and on Twitter at @DavidMartinDavi