This idea of “I know the guy, there’s no way he beats his wife” as the way we keep guns out of the hands of abusers is ridiculous.
Any person who has been abused, assaulted, etc knows that abusers often present as “upstanding.”
There’s no way you’d know. That’s why it’s common.
Rapists can have Ivy League degrees. Abusers can look like “good dads” or have high incomes or “great jobs.”
Good appearances are often a cover for abusers. In fact, many abusers RELY on their public reputation to intimidate partners from leaving (ex: “no one will believe you.”)
Domestic abusers can be master manipulators. Plus, domestic abuse is a HUGE indicator for gun violence.
That’s why “vouching for friend” isn’t a substitute for a background check.
You wouldn’t lend a car to someone w/o a license.Why lend a gun to someone w/o a background check?
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