What should we do about the loopholes in our laws that give domestic abusers and stalkers the option of buying a gun with no questions asked?
With 51 of America’s women murdered with a gun by their current or former partner every single month, it’s a national crisis that requires not only serious discussion, but action, too.
Right now, our federal laws say that people who are under restraining orders or have been convicted of domestic violence can’t buy or own guns; they can’t pass a criminal background check, which is required at licensed gun dealers. But in most states, those very same people have the option of buying a gun without a background check. They can go to a gun show, where background checks aren’t required, and buy one with no questions asked.
What makes these gaps in our laws so irresponsible is that we know guns and domestic violence are a deadly mix: When a gun is present in a domestic violence situation against a woman, she is five times more likely to die.
Anything in that statistic about women who have bought a firearm for protection and gone through defensive handgun training? I’m pretty sure those women are not five times more likely to die and I’m positive women like Carol Bowne would have had a fighting chance if New Jersey hadn’t restricted her right to bear arms.
Yet the Washington gun lobby and the candidates it backs — including Donald Trump — have worked hard to protect these loopholes in our laws. In vote after vote and talking point after talking point, this powerful, vocal minority have made their position clear: Let’s do nothing about these gaps in our laws that let abusers and stalkers get guns.
Let’s try that again:
Hillary has fought her entire adult life for women and families. And part of that fight has been a tireless effort to keep guns out of the hands of abusers and other dangerous people. At every turn, she has stood up to the gun lobby. I know she is committed to acting if she is elected as our first woman president.
Electing Hillary Clinton to office simply for the fact that she is a woman is sheer ignorance. It’s also grossly ironic that part of Hillary’s so-called “fight for women” included using phrases like “bimbo eruptions” and making statements like “I would crucify her” and “We have to destroy her story” in referring to the women making accusations of sexual misconduct and assault against her husband. Hillary is for women? Hardly.
Say that only a candidate like Hillary Clinton who is ready to stand up to the gun lobby and to support responsible change gets your vote. If you want to help protect women from domestic violence, then this November, you must be a gun-violence prevention voter.