Supreme Court Rules People Convicted Of Minor Domestic Violence Can Be Barred From Possessing Guns

CBS DC

WASHINGTON (AP) — People convicted of minor domestic violence offenses can be barred from possessing guns even in states where no proof of physical violence is required to support the domestic violence charge, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.

The ruling was a victory for the Obama administration, gun control groups and advocates for victims of domestic abusers who say the gun ban is critical in preventing the escalation of domestic violence.

The justices unanimously rejected the argument put forth by gun rights groups and a Tennessee man who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic assault against the mother of his child in 2001. The man, James Castleman, was then charged in 2009 with illegal possession of a firearm after he and his wife were accused of buying guns and selling them on the black market.

Federal law bars a person convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence involving the use of physical force…

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I just don’t want to (a letter I wish I could send my court ordered therapist)

Since November 28th, 2012, I have fulfilled every request made of me from Judge Schoonover, yourself and my personal therapist in regards to my relationship with eric. I have compromised my physical and mental stability to make sure the children have been dropped off at designated times for their father. I have allowed myself to be manipulated by Eric in trying to meet his demands, as ordered by the court.
I lost my “grown up job,” obtained after we stopped moving around the country due to stalking by eric. His stalking and documented physical abuse led to anxiety that rendered me physically unable to perform my job duties.

I obtained student loans and financial aid to further my education after a decade of underemployment due to my work as a mom to four children. My ability to rely on that income was stymied when Eric was awarded custody of the children; whom he had used to obtain financial aid and government benefits when he wasn’t supporting his children.

My long term boyfriend purchased a four bedroom, three bathroom home with his life savings in order to protect my four children from their father who wasn’t supporting them. He lost his “grown up” job when said home was subject to an attempted break in, relatively shortly after Eric was trespassed from the property. We moved 500 miles away from his life, his family, his home of 23 years to keep me safe.

My long term boyfriend’s parents have provided over $12,000 worth of support to myself in an attempt to cover my living expenses, and the childrens’, after my job at Chase was lost.

My parents have paid over $20,000 in legal bills since I filed for a restraining order prior to Eric filling for divorce, but after his arrest for domestic abuse.

My children were ordered back to Eric in an attempt to maintain “stability.” Buggy no longer receives services for her placement on the autism spectrum. No children participate in after school sports. No children have been returned to Girl Scouts. All children have lost contact with any friends who’s parents I had fostered relationships with. Television is a major piece of entertainment and all children are subjected to eight children and two adults in a rented 3 bedroom apartment on a regular basis.

Eric has had my vehicle repossessed, he has destroyed my personal property and liquidated any of our joint assets. My work schedule is a continual source of ire and discontent.

All my interactions with the children are monitored and limited. I remain under Eric’s control and will into the foreseeable future.

Eric’s ultimate goal is to poison every interaction I have with the children, and the court system allows this abusive behavior to continue.

I am not allowed to tell the children that I have run away out of fear for my life because that would be bad mouthing Eric, despite his arrest record. However, Eric has the continued authority to tell the girls what an awful person I am because I sought safety…
I am at a lost as to how these can be resolved…

Huffington Post Update on Paid Leave for DV Victims

Teela Hart

In January Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill to protect domestic violence victims from being evicted for frequent calls to the police. But when the Senate took up the bill on Tuesday, Republicans attached controversial language to the bill that would prevent city and county governments from passing paid or unpaid leave legislation…….

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/12/pennsylvania-paid-leave_n_4951673.html?utm_hp_ref=email_share

What will they think of next?  SMH

Here’s another politician to shake your head at:

http://huff.lv/1h3cK0V

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Some days

I wake up feeling like I’m living an Atlas impression. The world is heavy to carry all the time. I’m crazy for thinking that, I’ve been trained.

CNN published this story about military families and depression

I’ve never read another article that so accurately describes my life. Please, if you know any military families, take the time to read the experiences of these families.