It’s pretty clear that we are looking in the wrong direction when it comes to “random” acts of violence. Another mass shooting in Wisconsin, and early indications are that it is a “domestic-related” dispute. In other words, domestic violence is to blame for yet another string of violence in this country.
Kind of makes the “single mom blame game” that was going on at the debates last week even more ridiculous.
We have very real problems in this country in regards to acts of violence. It is too easy to get a gun, and too hard to protect women from the men that they fear.
Police released a photograph of the man they identified as Radcliffe Franklin Haughton, 45, of Brown Deer. They said he was still at-large and the public’s help was needed in tracking him down.
Online court records showed a temporary restraining order was issued against Haughton in Milwaukee County Circuit Court on Oct. 8 because of a domestic abuse complaint.
Haughton is the estranged husband of an Azana spa employee. He has been previously arrested for disorderly conduct, according to WISN-TV.
This is still a developing story – so it is impossible to say with certainty if it was indeed and act of domestic violence. But early signs are pointing in that direction. Which makes me think about all the recent discussions of gun violence inspired by the debate – and how strangely absent female victims have been from those discussions. Especially when you look at these statistics from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence:
Because of high household gun ownership, women in the United States are at higher risk of homicide victimization than are women in any other high-income country.
Among high-income countries, the U. S. accounts for 32 percent of the female population but 70 percent of all female homicides.
U.S. women’s firearm death rate is 12 times higher than the combined rate of 22 other populous, high-income countries.
Murder is the leading cause of injury-related death for women in the workplace.
Women are more likely to be shot by an intimate partner than killed by a stranger.
Over 90 percent of female homicide victims are killed by someone they know.
Women are more than twice as likely to be shot to death by their male intimates as they are to be shot, stabbed, strangled or killed in any other way by a stranger.
An abuser’s access to a gun is associated with an 8-fold increase in the risk of homicide.
Pretty disturbing that we know all of this and still can’t seem to help the women who are living in fear or the people who work around them.
So far seven are known to be injured.
Police confirm 3 of the 7 victims have died. Haughton was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.