Good afternoon, my name is Kimberly Brusk. I am 35 and a mother to an eight year old daughter (Paige) and a 2 month old son (Porter).
BUT I am also a gun violence and domestic violence survivor.
I moved 950 miles from my small town in Western Michigan to Atlanta while my ex-husband was in prison. I needed to establish a geographical boundary between my soon to be paroled ex-husband and my family.
I needed to feel safe.
I was in a ten year abusive marriage. I was abused physically, sexually, emotionally, financially… The abuse and violence escalated over a decade, but my breaking point was in October 2009.
I filed for divorce, got a protection order, and told my husband that I was leaving him and I was taking our then three year old daughter with me.
He physically assaulted me, was arrested, jailed and then was released on bond for Domestic Assault.
I got another protection order.
4 days later. I came home late in the evening to find a dark house.
Walking in my front door I found my husband had broken into my home, he was lying in wait for me with a shotgun in his hands.
The shotgun that was given to him by his grandfather –
and no background check was required or completed.
My husband fired the shotgun. I ran back out my front door.
I crawled to the neighbors. From my position crouched in my neighbor’s hedges in the dark, I called the police as I heard him flea out the back door with his gun in tow.
After a three-hour armed pursuit for my husband, he was apprehended and arrested again, this time for four Felonies.
Early that morning the police finally escorted me back into my home.
They showed me the 12” hole in my door frame left by the shotgun blast.
It was hard for me not to imagine that hole… That shot gun blast killing me, or one of the brave responding officers that night, or worse, my 3 year old daughter.
My ex-husband should have not had a gun.
He not only had a history of domestic abuse but he also has a long history of serious mental illness.
It was too easy for my ex-husband to own a gun without a background check.
Even now my ex-husband- a three time felon with a history of Domestic abuse and mental illness can go to a gun show and buy a gun without a background check.
I am a mother. I am a Voter.
I am a Mother who just wants safety for her family and for other women and mothers who are at risk and are now in situations like I once was.
This is a Public Safety Issue!