I am writing this letter because of my concerns with all the killings and violence that have been in the news recently. Early this year in Medford a boyfriend shot and killed his girlfriend then himself. I was told to stay quiet then at the start of April a lady that was a Phillips graduate was killed by her husband, and then took his own life as well. Then a few day later a lady shot her husband then he took his own rifle and shot her back window of her car as she was driving away as he was setting the house up to blow up, and then prom where a prior student went to do harm, he injured a couple of teens and he lost his life as well. 

In 2008 my ex-boyfriend broke into my mom’s house and shot her with her rifle and thought he killed me as well. Through classes I have taken in Domestic Abuse and Everytown for gun violence studies have shown that the presence of guns in the home increases the individual’s risk of death by homicide. I am not saying I am against guns, because I am not. I think that anyone who hunts should own one if you can legally own one, but how you store it should matter. I have met other woman who their ex or current partner would clean their riffle all the time making sure they watched and then leave it by the bed not as protection, but as a warning; you say or move the wrong way you won’t get far. I don’t know what needs to be changed but something needs to be done and we need to find a way.

If you are from the Price/Rusk County areas please call Embrace at 1800-924-0556 or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1800-799-7233. Anyone who has been affected by gun violence can visit Everytown.org for more information.

 

Sarah Engle

Marshfield

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