Keep Guns Out of Abuser Hands

Gun Violence by Country

Target: House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy

Goal: Support keeping guns away from domestic abusers and stalkers.

Stopping convicted stalkers and domestic abusers from obtaining guns is the subject of the newest national gun control bill, authored by Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Dingell and Republican Congressman Robert Dold. People convicted of these crimes are clearly violent individuals with poor impulse control and keeping guns away from them is a no-brainer. In fact, many states have already passed gun control laws doing just that.

The NRA-backed Republican party has blocked just about any attempt to create national gun control laws that might actually curb deadly gun violence–and the mass shootings have continued. We also know that the most common weapon that men use to kill women is the gun, and in 93 percent of cases in which women are killed by men, that man was someone she knew. It’s also obvious that guns make it a lot easier to kill people than other individual weapons.

Most people agree that guns should be kept out of the hands of violent criminals. Why shouldn’t that apply to people who are violent toward their partners or those who stalk others? Sign our petition to ask Congress to support this bipartisan, common sense gun control bill.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear House Majority Leader McCarthy,

Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Dingell and Republican Congressman Robert Dold have created a bipartisan bill that addresses a significant gap in national gun control laws. It would forbid those convicted of domestic abuse or stalking from obtaining deadly firearms. Other violent criminals are prevented from owning guns, and it’s beyond time we included those who victimize their partners–partners who are overwhelmingly women–as well.

Contrary to what the NRA might claim, guns do not protect women from domestic abuse. In fact, over half of all the weapons used to kill women are guns. Due to these simple facts, it’s outrageous that abusers and stalkers are allowed to purchase firearms.

I understand that the NRA and gun rights advocates put a lot of pressure on you to reject any kind of gun control legislation, but this is a no-brainer. Women are murdered far too often in our country, and guns obviously contribute to that. Many states have already passed legislation like this because it should be a component of any of the most basic gun control laws.

Even most NRA members support background checks that keep guns out of the hands of violent people. Please listen to your actual constituents and support this common sense bill.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Peter Stevens

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