Joe Henderson: To NRA, gun rights trumps Violence Against Women Act

Joe Henderson: To NRA, gun rights trumps Violence Against Women Act

Gun Rights

AR-15 rifles line a shelf in the gun library at the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms National Tracing Center in Martinsburg, West Virginia December 15, 2015. The guns represent many of the models the ATF has come across in their investigations, and are collected through seizures from criminals or donations from manufacturers and members of the public. Picture taken December 15, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst – RTX21L2J Reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act should have been a layup in Congress. I mean, c’mon. There is bipartisan agreement that this a good law. Statistics paint a damning picture of the danger women can face when an ex-husband or boyfriend can’t let it go. The Violence Policy Center issued a report entitled “When Men Murder Women.” FBI data from 2015 and showed 928 female murder victims were either wives or “intimate acquaintances” of the man who killed them. But as Congress debated reauthorizing the 25-year-old law , it turned into a debate over – wait for it – Second Amendment rights. Democrats wanted to close the so-called “boyfriend loophole” where an unmarried partner convicted of abuse can own a weapon. Spouses and ex-spouses already are prohibited from gun ownership. Uh oh. We live in a world where nothing matters more than the almighty Second Amendment rights. That’s true even when the subject is violence against women. You know what happened next, don’t you? The National Rifle Association mobilized. Soon, 157 Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives voted against reauthorization. […]

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.