I'm in the process of updating my license. It's been inactive for the past 7 years are so. It's an interesting thing to approach a crossroads and want to dive back into a place where I really slammed the door shut. I don't want to go back to seeing patients. At least not in the same way that I was. But I am working on a creative re-entry and one that I am truly excited about. Part of the process for any licensed clinician is Continuing Education Units. There are a few, like Law and Ethics that are mandatory, but the rest are based on interest. I happened upon a CEU course about the motives and paths of mass shooters and murders and decided to take the deep dive. The course was truly fascinating and of naturally covers extensive information and studies about warning signs and treatment but also covers a lot of information about gun violence. Below are three things I learned specific to women and gun violence. These are well documented scientific facts. Not opinions. I'll start here: Domestic violence mass murders compromise 50% of all mass murders.

1. Women are 16 times more likely to be killed by gunfire in the United States than in other high-income countries.

2. A woman is 500% more likely to be killed in a domestic violence event when a gun is present.

3. Nearly 1 million women alive today have been shot, or shot at, by an intimate partner.

What did you learn today? Join me by using the #thesethreethings and commenting below with your own These Three Things. I want to hear what you are learning, laughing about, and living through.