Here’s the reality: over half of female victims of intimate partner homicide in the US are killed with a gun. In an average month, 52 American women are shot to death by an intimate partner, and many more are injured. We researched mass shootings between January 2009 and December 2017 and found that in at least 54 percent of mass shootings, the perpetrator shot an intimate partner or family member.
Domestic violence and gun violence are intimately connected—a deadly combination exacerbated by America’s weak gun laws. That’s why we’re pushing Congress and state legislatures to close the loopholes that make it easy for domestic abusers to get guns without a background check—common-sense changes that the gun lobby refuses to support. If abusers can simply go online and buy a gun, how can their partners ever be safe from harm?
We’re also working to prohibit stalkers from buying guns—and to make sure that convicted abusers don’t get to keep the guns they already own.