The new VAWA measure would extend that prohibition to
” who have been convicted of stalking
, assaulting a dating partner or who had a restraining order issued against them for their actions regarding their girlfriend or ex
. Given that FBI data indicates that a boyfriend is nearly as likely as a husband to kill an intimate partner
, closing this loophole could save lives
Some House Republicans said they opposed the bill because it extended protections to transgender Americans who have been abused by intimate partners
. Arizona Rep
. Debbie Lesko said the law pushed
“leftist gender ideology
” by requiring shelters to house men along with vulnerable women
While it’s beyond words that these Republicans would turn their back on vulnerable people in need
, it was ending the
” that caused the greatest pushback
. GOP Rep
. Bob Good of Virginia stated that the proposed version of the VAWA
“makes it clear that Democrats consider gun ownership a second-class right.
” And Rep
. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia wants more
, not fewer guns in our nation
, “If you want to protect women
, make sure women are gun owners and know how to defend themselves
. That’s the greatest defense for women.
But think for a moment about the real-world scenario of the “boyfriend loophole.” If a man who has been convicted of stalking his girlfriend suddenly wants to purchase his first firearm, should that be allowed? This is especially true considering data that directly links firearms with deadly instances of domestic violence.
According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline
, the presence of a gun in domestic violence situations can increase the risk of homicide for women as much as
500%. Además, abusers with firearms are five times more likely to kill their victims given the easy access to a deadly weapon
. De hecho, a 2019 study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found women killed by intimate partners are more likely to be murdered with a firearm than by all other means combined
” would not only save the lives of woman
, but also of others
, including police officers
. That was the very point made in
2019 by Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo after a Houston police officer was shot and killed when responding to a domestic violence incident by a man who had previously been convicted of violence against his girlfriend
. If the loophole had been closed when House Democrats first pushed to end it
, the boyfriend would not have legally been able to purchase a gun
While the Atlanta shooting rightly commands the headlines, our nation has a daily epidemic of violence against women. Closing the boyfriend loophole should not have been partisan, but rather a measure that Republicans and Democrats took in unison.
En lugar de, 172 Republicans chose ensuring that a man — even one convicted of stalking or assault — can buy a gun over protecting women from gun violence. What more will it take for these Republicans to put the safety of women first?