William Thien

Do Domestic Violence Laws Discriminate Against Men?

Posted on: March 4, 2014

Here are some interesting studies to add to my initial observation on Domestic Violence Laws and how they discriminate against men. It appears that the media does not report female and male victims numbers for political reasons and in fact just as many men, often more, are victims of physical domestic violence and abuse than are women, but due to societal norms that fact is not reported, which is a form of societal discrimination. Therefore, domestic violence laws do in fact discriminate against men. Here are some studies to examine, this one by the CDC, http://www.saveservices.org/2012/02/cdc-study-more-men-than-women-victims-of-partner-abuse/, and another http://www.unh.edu/news/cj_nr/2006/may/em_060519male.cfm?type=n, and another, http://news.ufl.edu/2006/07/13/women-attackers/ Many of these studies indicate that women are often the likely perpetrators of abuse but then also claim to be the major victims, a certain duality of behavior which is often the source of the domestic dispute to begin with, I’m sure. Society doesn’t offer the network of support for male victims and if you look at studies on the internet, often when male victims call for municipal services on the matter, often they are shunned.

My main interest in this matter is that I believe the questions should not be on a firearms application, questions that pertain to domestic violence, because misdemeanor laws do not meet the threshold of felonious behavior, which was once the threshold for firearms ownership.

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William Thien

A friend recently completed a firearms application in order to purchase a hunting rifle and asked me the question, “what does domestic violence have to do with firearms ownership?”

Currently on a firearms application you have to answer that you have not been found guilty of ‘domestic violence’ or are not subject to a restraining order related to domestic violence. I have not seen the application myself for a while, but it is something to that effect. That question hasn’t always been on the application. So, as my friend asks, what does domestic violence have to do with firearms ownership?

It’s a question I’ve been pondering for some time. I’ve been asking myself that question because I believe the question discriminates against the male in society. It’s not OK to discriminate against the female, or any racial group, which is understandable, but for some reason, perhaps it is media driven…

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