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Gun control debate follows NFL murder-suicide

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The murder-suicide that left a young mother dead and her three month old baby without parents has turned into a gun control debate.

On Sunday football fans heard NBC's bob Costas reading excerpts from an article by Fox Sports Columnist Jason Whitlock

"Our current gun culture assures more and more domestic disputes end in the ultimate tragedy," Costas read. "If Javon Belcher didn't have a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today."

LINK: Jayson Whitlock column

It was one day after the Kansas City Chiefs' player shot his girlfriend, a former Austin resident and the mother of his three month old daughter multiple times before killing himself.

Whitlock's words are not far off according to domestic violence shelter SafePlace Executive Director Julia Spann.

"Most injuries that happen to a victim are as a result of gun violence," Spann said.

According to the Texas Council on Family Violence, last year 64 percent of victims were killed by firearms.

"Certainly, if there are weapons in the home and violence is escalating then we are going to be concerned. We know that is more dangerous for a survivor," Spann said.

State Representative Dan Flynn of Northeast Texas chimed in by phone from Washington, D.C.

"People that have problems are always going to find a way to do the mischief. It's in the heart of man. If they want to do away with someone they're going to do it whether they do it with a gun a knife, an automobile," Flynn said. "I think we need to put the blame where it belongs."

Representative Lon Burnam out of Ft. Worth says he's glad the gun debate showed up on our TV screens.

"We regulate cars. We all have a right of free mobility. We license and regulate the use of cars and we don't do nearly as good a job with handguns as we do with cars. That's the problem," Burnam said. "It's statistically accurate to say that most handguns, when used are used in a case of domestic violence like in this particular situation. I would question the wisdom of owning one of these guns."

No matter how the debate ends--a mother cannot be brought back. A baby will grow up without parents.

Spann encourages other domestic violence victims to seek help while they still can.

"What we would tell somebody is to trust their instinct. Call 9-1-1 and listen to that inner voice that causes you to be worried about your safety," Spann said.

Spann says warning signs include possession, jealousy, isolation and if your partner is threatening to kill or harm you, your children or even pets. Call SafePlace at 512-267-7233.

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