Tag: Domestic Violence

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This August, my close friend told me that she was being physically and emotionally abused by her husband of ten years. She’s a non-tenured science researcher in academia and he had just embarked on a Ph.D. in a dead-end field in his late 30s. He had a small company that kept both of them afloat […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America break down how the Democrats easily swept the statewide races in Virginia and even reversed a huge GOP majority in the state assembly. They also discuss easy wins by Democrats in New Jersey and New York City, where the Republicans hardly appear to be a factor anymore. And they roll their eyes as Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake proposes a law to ban gun sales to people convicted of domestic violence – because that exact law already exists.

Survivors Know the Gun Blame Game


On Nov. 8, 1998, my parents were both killed by a single .22 caliber gunshot wound to the head. My father fired both bullets. At no time did it occur to me to blame the weapon, nor has it since. My father murdered my mother and then turned the weapon on himself, leaving no note or message of any kind. So I guess I have a unique perspective on the topic of guns and “gun control.”

Although my father murdered my mother with a .22 rifle, do you think it matters to me how he did it? More importantly, if you think he wouldn’t have done it without a gun, you know little of human nature.

Trial by Twitter: The Danger of Public Opinion Run Amok


ht_tmz_ray_rice_punch_video_kb_140908_v33x16_16x9_992Disclaimer: To head off the criticism I’ve seen of anyone who questions how the Ray Rice incident has played out, I in no way justify or condone what he did. This is a discussion of the media/public response.

The video that was released yesterday by TMZ of Ray Rice and his then-fiancee Janay Palmer set social media on fire. The footage seemed to take many by surprise despite the details of it having been publicly known since February. Rice and Palmer, in a drunken argument in an elevator, escalate to shoving each other. He steps away; she moves aggressively towards him. He hits her, knocking her down. As she falls, her head caroms off the handrail on the wall, leaving her unconscious in the floor. He’s lucky he didn’t kill her. He then drags her out of the elevator. That is how it was described when it first happened, and that’s consistent with what the video shows.

Rice and Palmer were both initially charged with assault. Her charges were dropped, and he avoided trial by entering a pre-intervention program for first offenders. He was then suspended two games by the NFL which was criticized at the time as being too light. They have since married, and they have both said more than once that the argument and fight was both of their faults. Ordinarily, that would have been the end of it, but with the release of the video, public outrage exploded resulting in Rice’s two-game suspension being made indefinite along with his getting cut by the Baltimore Ravens. A breakdown of the legal ramifications relating to the criminal justice system and to the NFL’s punishment of player conduct can be found here.