Lax Gun Laws are Killing Women

As the national spot­light has turned to gun vio­lence in the wake of the Newtown, Conn. mas­sacre, in Congress, there has been some dis­cus­sion of how gun reform can help domes­ti­cally abused women. Last week, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-​​Vt.) — chief spon­sor of the Violence Against Women Act, expected to be recon­sid­ered this week — made the con­nec­tion between gun vio­lence and domes­tic vio­lence. Leahy tes­ti­fied in a hear­ing that in states that require back­ground checks for hand­gun sales, 38 per­cent fewer women are shot by their partners.

Yet oth­ers have argued that more firearm reg­u­la­tions would make it harder for women to pro­tect them­selves — that guns make women more safe, not less.

The evi­dence paints a much dif­fer­ent picture.

According to 2010 FBI data, firearms — and specif­i­cally hand­guns — are the most com­mon weapons used to mur­der women. In the U.S., 64 per­cent of women who are mur­dered each year die at the hands of a fam­ily mem­ber or inti­mate part­ner. In sit­u­a­tions involv­ing domes­tic vio­lence, hav­ing a gun in the home makes a woman eight times more likely to be killed.

Excerpted from the Huffington Post. Read the full arti­cle here.

 

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One comment on “Lax Gun Laws are Killing Women
  1. Chris Ashburn says:

    This is amazing!

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