Rising Gun Ownership, Incidents of Domestic Violence, and How Women Pay the Price

Rising Gun Ownership, Incidents of Domestic Violence, and How Women Pay the Price

New data suggests enhanced gun measures are effective at curbing homicides of women in domestic violence situations involving firearms. Nearly 2,000 Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action volunteers gathered in Washington D.C. in December 2019 for Gun Sense University—an annual training conference. While there, news broke about the shooting in El Paso, Texas, that took 20 lives and injured 26 more. ( Collective change and trauma took place over the year and a half since COVID-19 appeared—the most notable and obvious being a global pandemic with unparalleled loss of life. However, two additional trends pose life-and-death concerns for the 51 percent of the U.S. population who identify as female: increased firearm purchases and domestic violence incidents. More Guns, More Domestic Violence? The U.S. saw a 64 percent jump in firearm purchases since the pandemic. Domestic violence rose by over 8 percent over the same period. Of all the murder-suicides that occur between intimate partners, 95 percent of the victims are women and 92 percent of those women are killed by a firearm —meaning women are unquestionably the majority of victims in domestic violence . It may come as no surprise, then, that women tend to be more likely than men to support gun control measures, particularly regional gun laws could impact their safety (and lives). State-by-State Analysis While state data related to homicides of women from domestic violence incidents is essentially non-existent, the FBI does release data on how many women were killed by men in 2018 (in […]

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