Someone stopped by searching for “percent of legal v illegal gins used in domestic violence>” And did not find an answer where he was linked.
Assuming that a gin is not a device to separate cotton seed from the fiber, and that the search was for the number of persons who cannot legally own a gun who are accused of domestic violence, a few explanatory comments are in order.
First, it should be understood that a majority of “domestic violence” complaints have little or no basis in actual physical violence. A couple who live together qualify as “common law” spouses in most venues, even if they have never formally married; and of course spouses “have a license to fight.” And usually do, in order to establish a mutually acceptable “pecking order” in different activities. As in he cooks and she takes the garbage out. Or whatever arrangement best suites the couple’s needs.
Second, most “domestic violence” accusations result from words, not deeds. My father once observed that “Hurled words hurt as bad as hurled bricks.” One partner says something that hurts the others feelings – and a visit to a lawyer ensues.
A lawyer who suggests filing a “domestic abuse” complaint in order to make the plaintiff a victim. And incidentally costs the defendant their gun rights for the rest of their life under the provisions of the “Lautenberg Amendment.” Even if the plaintiff repudiates their own words.
Third, the approximate percentage of spouses who do engage in what an unbiased onlooker would consider violence in word or deed is below ten percent; and in most venues below five percent. Most of those who actually do engage in spouse abuse have at least one violent felony conviction and cannot legally own or possess a gun.
And that is as far as I can go based on numbers from actual studies.
Presumably, the total number of guns “in the possession of disqualified persons” confiscated as a result of a “domestic violence complaint” tracks the percentage of convicted felons among the defendants. If so, four percent would be a high estimate.
Which leads us to conclude that actual physical spouse abuse is a serous crime; well deserving the most severe punishment. But it is not as common as some would have you believe.