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SCOTUS upholds gun ban for convicted domestic abusers

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This past January, HealthCetera’s co-host, Barbara Glickstein, interviewed Rachel Louise Snyder, Strangulation: a precursor for murder in partner violence. Snyder explained that strangulation is often misconstrued as “choking,” but experts believe there is an important distinction between the two. The lack of understanding on this issue persists in hospitals and police stations throughout the country, there is a critical need for more training, more felony strangulation statutes, and more research.


In June, the Supreme Court heard the case, Voisine v. United States, brought by two men who lost their right to own or buy guns after being convicted of domestic violence misdemeanors in the state of Maine. SCOTUS upheld the ban that prohibits abusers convicted of domestic violence misdemeanors from owning or possessing firearms. Gun groups argued that perpetrators shouldn’t lose their 2nd amendment rights for a misdemeanor.


Misdemeanors can be for violent acts like nonfatal strangulation.


Ms. Snyder’s wrote about the SCOTUS decision in her latest New Yorker  article, The Court Slams the Door on Domestic Abusers Owning Guns.  


Given the SCOTUS decision, we are rebroadcasting the Rachel Louise Snyder interview, Stragulation: a precursor for murder in partner violence on Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 1:00 PM on WBAI 99.5 FM streamed at


You can listen to the iTunes podcast here.

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Barbara Glickstein is a co-director of the GW Nursing Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement, as well as a nurse, media guru and activist in New York City. She is the chairman of the board of Project Kesher and a consultant to many health care organizations and creative projects. She tweets and 'grams @blickstein.

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