38 Percent Fewer Women Killed in States That Require Background Checks For All Handgun Sales; 90 Percent of Americans Support Comprehensive Background Checks
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WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Domestic violence survivors and advocates from across the country will come together on Wednesday, October 30 in Washington, DC to urge Congress to pass common-sense gun law reforms that will save women's lives. Their fly-in marks the end of Domestic Violence Awareness Month and efforts to highlight the life-or-death role of guns in domestic violence:
- On average, 46 American women are shot to death each month by current or former intimate partners.
- The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation makes it five times more likely that the woman will be killed.
- Over the past 25 years, more intimate partner homicides in the U.S. have been committed with guns than with all other weapons combined.
- In 2011, 44% of women murdered with guns in the U.S. were killed by current or former intimate partners.
- More than half of mass shootings involve domestic violence. In at least 57% of the mass shootings between January 2009 and September 2013, the shooter killed a current or former intimate partner or family member.
- Women in the U.S. are 11 times more likely to be murdered with guns than women in other high-income countries.
- In states that require background checks for all handgun sales, there are 38% fewer women murdered by intimate partners.
- Senator Richard Blumenthal (CT)
- Senator Chris Murphy (CT)
- Congressman Mike Thompson (CA), Chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force
- Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT)
- Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI)
- Hollie Ayers (PA) , estranged husband shot her and killed their two-year old son
- Yvonne Crasso (CT), sister of domestic violence victim
- Maribeth Dalauro (NY) , domestic violence survivor
- Elvin and Cheryl Daniel (WI), brother and mother of Zina Daniel Haughton, who was shot and killed by her estranged husband, a prohibited gun purchaser who bought a gun without a background check online
- Marcia Drake (WV) , Executive Director of the Domestic Violence Crisis Program in West Virginia and domestic violence survivor
- Sarah Engle (WI), ex-boyfriend shot her and killed her mother
- Christy Salters Martin (NC), gun owner, shot by her estranged husband
- Susan Beehler, North Dakota chapter leader of Moms Demand Action
- Kim Gandy, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Network to End Domestic Violence
- Beth Meeks , Executive Director at the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence
- Suzanne Palmer, Program Director at the Crisis Line and Safe House in Georgia
- Rita Smith , Executive Director of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence