I want to thank Sen. Katrina Shealy for objecting to Sen. Tom Corbin’s efforts to dilute S.3, the domestic violence bill. I agree that gun ownership should be revoked by a person’s criminal or mental behavior. I applaud Sen. Shealy’s efforts to champion this excellent bill that will revoke violent domestic abusers’ right of ownership.
Sen. Corbin has done a great job of highlighting an insidious belief system that keeps South Carolina the second most dangerous state in the union for women, not to mention the innocent children who witness this treatment of women and grow up to populate our prisons as the cycle of abuse continues. And let’s not forget the women of tomorrow who end up in shelters because they didn’t know they deserved anything better from watching their fathers abuse their mothers.
The fact that Sen. Corbin was asked many times to stop his disrespectful bullying and he continued unabated until Sen. Shealy took a public stand demonstrates a pattern followed by abusers. Blaming the victim is also part of this pattern. All this in the governing halls of our State House. So was she really the only one who was offended? I think not.
Apologies and forgiveness are essential, senators. But given his actions, I would rather insist to Sen. Corbin that a behavior change is in order. A vote in support of S.3 in its undiluted condition would be a good way to start. Not only are his S.C. constituents watching but — unfortunately or fortunately — the entire nation has him and this responsible bill in its sights.
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