Domestic Violence and Guns Don’t Mix: #Savethe9

Domestic-Violence-9Women-1_Meme-noURLLast October, Moms Demand Action focused on the nine American women shot and killed by their husbands and intimate partners every single week. Every single week. That number doesn’t include threats, injuries, intimidation — horrific enough on its own — made even more terrifying and immediate when a firearm is involved.

The victims are mothers, sisters, daughters, friends—each an irreplaceable loss to their families and our society. This past week, combined with the school shooting in Seattle and the story of a five-year-old Jersey City boy shot in the abdomen, came this story from Connecticut.

The bodies of a husband and wife were found in a Bristol home Wednesday morning, and it was three small children who made the discovery. (WFSB)

A fund has been set up for Kyla Ryng’s three children, all under four years old. Kyla was shot in the head and killed by her husband, who then shot and killed himself. This all happened in their Bristol, CT home while the children were playing in the next room. Kyla had filed for divorce just a week before her death, and it is reported that the marriage included abuse and intimidation. Her husband was a member of the Connecticut Army National Guard, and he owned a gun.

If you are moved to help the three children who are currently staying with family members, there is a GoFundMe site set up here that makes it easy: Kyla’s Kids.

If you want to avoid the fees at GoFundMe, you can also donate directly. Checks may be sent directly to Remembering Kyla, Farmington Savings Bank, 475 Broad St. Bristol, CT 06010.

If you want to help in your own community (yes, yours!), organizations like SOFIA in Essex County, the National Domestic Abuse Hotline, the New Jersey Coalition for Battered Women, and more are always looking for resources and support. A quick google search with your state and/or county will lead the way.

 

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8 Responses to Domestic Violence and Guns Don’t Mix: #Savethe9

  1. I appreciate how you frequently use your blog as a vehicle for raising awareness about gun violence and domestic violence. Thank you.

    • I can’t help it. And I’ve actually reined it in because I feel like it starts sounding like Charlie Brown’s teacher with the never-ending aspect of it all. I’m glad you are appreciative. 🙂

  2. Natalie DeYoung says:

    What Karen said. ^

  3. innatejames says:

    It’s so important to share these stories of power and abuse. I can’t tell if this problem is getting worse and we’re hearing about it more because of the 24-hour news cycle or if this kind of violence has always been prevalent. Thoughts?

    • It’s always been prevalent, but in both NC and NYC statistics show that it’s on the rise. I think it’s a combination of both — awareness encourages empowerment which encourages action.

      In addition, pointing out specific trends can help to guide effective legislation instead of feel-good measures. But in a nation and world in which the Violence Against Women Act has huge roadblocks, we have to wonder about priorities.

      Thanks for stopping by and for commenting.

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