It’s high time we talk about how animal abusers are STILL able to purchase guns in the U.S. Animal abuse is strongly linked with other forms of abuse, such as domestic violence and child abuse. One study found that animal abuse occurred in 88 percent of homes where child abuse had been discovered. There is yet another study that found that up to 83 percent of women entering domestic violence shelters report that their abusers also abuse the family pet. In fact, animal abusers are five times more likely to abuse people.
It’s no surprise then that perpetrators of school shootings often have a history of animal abuse. According to a Care2 petition, when investigators examined school shootings that occurred in the U.S. between 1988 and 2012, they found that nearly 50 percent of the perpetrators previously committed act of animal cruelty.
The man who recently killed 17 students and injured up to 50 others at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida also had a reported history of animal abuse. Neighbors said the shooter often attempted to kill their livestock and classmates claim he had an Instagram of posts of dead animals. The Parkland tragedy is yet another example of why known animal abusers should NOT have guns (and more broadly, we desperately need to address the issue of gun control in the U.S.!).
Despite the wealth of information that connects animal abuse and other forms of violence, convicted animal abusers can still purchase a gun. This is highly dangerous and needs to END. If you agree, take a moment to sign this dire Care2 petition urging Congress to pass a bill BANNING convicted animal abusers from owning guns.
If we don’t speak up now, another act of senseless violence is bound to happen. Please also help us spread the word about this important issue by sharing this post.
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