What Could Go Wrong?

A new law taking effect in Kentucky this week aims to reduce domestic violence by putting guns in the hands of even more people.

via Mother Jones

The new Kentucky law, which passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, doesn’t stop abusers from possessing a firearm. But it makes it easier for victims to carry a weapon. Under the law, anyone granted an emergency protective order or who obtains a domestic violence order can apply for a permit to carry a concealed weapon, temporarily waiving the requirement to complete firearms training. (The person still has to complete a background check.) This means a victim (or someone threatened with domestic violence) can obtain a concealed carry permit in as little as 24 hours.

So, you’re Kentucky. You have the unenviable problem of having the highest partner murder rate in the country. And your solution is to put guns in the hands of victims as quickly as possible — with no training requirement — while tempers could still be flaring.

I’m not saying victims shouldn’t be allowed to defend themselves, but wouldn’t it be more prudent to take guns out of the hands of abusers rather than hand out even more guns?

With no training requirements, will the number of accidental shootings increase? What if the gun owned by the victim is used by the abuser?

When you’ve been diagnosed with lung cancer, do you begin smoking twice as much to make it go away?