Guns and domestic violence are a deadly–and all too common– combination. Domestic violence affects millions of women across the country, and guns in the hands of domestic abusers can turn abuse into murder. Indeed, the presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation makes it five times more likely that the woman will be killed. Common sense laws that keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers–by requiring background checks for all gun sales and ensuring that prohibited abusers relinquish guns in their possession– just makes sense. And for victims of domestic abuse, it’s a matter of life and death.
We will hear from our panel of experts:
--Jan Langbein, CEO at Genesis Women's Shelter & Support and Austin Street Center
--Council-member, Jennifer Staubach Gates, District 13, who heads the City of Dallas' Domestic Violence Task Force
--Judge Roberto Canas who serves in one of the County's Domestic Violence Courts and who as been names as a mentor court by the US Dept Justice
Moderated by Natalie Nanasi, Assistant Professor, Director, of the Judge Elmo B Hunter Legal Center for Victims of Crimes Against Women, SMU Dedman School of Law
Sponsor: NCJW Greater Dallas Section, Moms Demand Action, Mosaic Family Services