One of the most discussed topics in the U.S. in 2015 was the issue with
guns rights. As that subject has been discussed and gone over again and
again, there has actually been work done in Georgia to attempt to ban
gun sales to a particular group — people seeking divorce.
The bill was brought to Georgia lawmakers by a former Fulton County prosecutor
— Anita Ross — who was shot by her estranged husband while
they were going through their divorce. The shooting left her paralyzed
and unable to go back to work for a long period of time. Ross is back
at work but still goes to therapy after the shooting that left her paralyzed.
Her shooter would turn the gun on himself after shooting Ross.
“It's a no-brainer,” Ross said. “That's a dangerous
time for someone who's trying to get out of a relationship. I know
he had planned it out, purchased guns and ammunition shortly before he
decided to do this.”
Ross believes she is up for a battle against the legislators, many who
are Republican. But she feels that if they can’t pass the bill as
it’s written, they could compromise and at least pass a bill that
would alert a spouse if their divorcing partner was buying a gun. Anything
would be better than it currently stands, according to Ross.
“A compromise is everything. I think the important thing is, it's
not just about he can't get a gun, he doesn't have the right to
get a gun. What I’m saying is put in that extra step that may have
saved someone else's life,” she said.
Bill Would Prohibit Spouses From Buying Guns During Divorce (ABC News Atlanta)
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