House Republicans Vote To Let Domestic Abusers Keep Guns

House Republicans Vote To Let Domestic Abusers Keep Guns

Gun Rights

Given the choice between preventing women from being murdered by their partners, or fighting for domestic abusers to keep their guns, Republicans overwhelmingly sided with domestic abusers. On Thursday, the House of Representatives voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act ( VAWA ) by a vote of 263-158. Only 33 Republicans voted in support of the bill, while one Democrat voted against it. The bill provides resources and strengthens legal protections for survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault. In addition, the reauthorization this year contains a provision making it harder for known domestic abusers to obtain guns. “The No. 1 way that women are being killed with guns is by their beloveds, their boyfriends, their significant others,” Rep. Lucy McBath (D-GA), a gun safety advocate who won election to Congress in November, told the New York Times before the vote. But for Republicans, denying domestic abusers access to firearms was so unacceptable that they begged the NRA to get involved and give the GOP cover for opposing VAWA — something the NRA was happy to do. The NRA, an extremist pro-gun lobby, announced it will “score” the bill on its annual legislative scorecard, meaning that members of Congress who vote for it will receive a lower rating from the group. For many radical pro-gun members of Congress, maintaining a “100 percent” rating from the NRA is important. “Our lives hang in the balance, but the NRA would rather protect domestic abusers’ access to guns […]

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