Friday, August 19, 2005

Domestic Violence Law: Guns for Women!

The North Carolina State legislators have apparently concluded that the best way to deal with domestic violence is to give women guns. Can we please keep this news away from this state's copycat legislators?

Does this mean that women will also get a get-out-of-jail-free card just in case there are suddenly a lot of dead and wounded boyfriends and husbands?

According to the Washington Post:

North Carolina lawmakers have approved a measure that would require courts to give battered spouses something extra when they seek a restraining order--information on how to apply for a concealed weapon.

The ACS Blog adds:

The so-called 'Domestic Violence Victims Empowerment Act' would encourage victims to seek temporary permits to carry concealed weapons. . The measure becomes law Oct. 1 unless Gov. Mike Easley decides to veto it.

The 'Domestic Violence Victims Empowerment Act', hmmm, so they copied Alabama. Empowerment? Guns will empower women?

Presumably there is little that can be done about the problem of violent men, so legislators have turned their attention to the problem of 'disempowered' women.

So women are to take the law into their own hands because law enforcement agencies are failures, or because this society just can't figure out how to stop reproducing violent and misogynist men.

Hint: It has nothing to do with gays, but it might have something to do with abortion rights.

Via Feministing