Gun violence is a particularly sensitive subject in the United States and the conversation has heated up as gun control advocates are redirecting their energy toward state legislation. Now being recast as a public health and safety movement, there is an increased focus on expanding background checks and keeping guns out of the hands of people with domestic violence convictions, restraining orders or mental illnesses. About 10 states have passed major gun control legislation, especially after the mass shooting in Newtown, CT. However, not only in Connecticut and New York but also as far away as Colorado, more states have loosened gun restrictions.
Women are victims of gun violence every day. On average, more than three women a day are killed by husbands or boyfriends in the United States. It happens far too often that a woman is at gun point by her partner. The Center for American Progress reports that more than 6,000 women were murdered by guns at the hands of their partners between 2001 and 2012. To place the number into perspective, this number is higher than the combined casualties in Afghanistan and Iraq for that period of time. The Center’s study further notes that women in the United States are eleven times more likely to be murdered with a gun than countries of comparable economic status.
No matter the debate, it is clear that guns have inflicted a lot of pain for families and communities around the country. It is important to reduce that pain especially for our future generation. Mothers that lose their lives at gunpoint by their intimate partner leave their children as orphans. Families suffer the loss of their loved one, whether it’s a daughter, mother or grandmother. There is no good that comes from a gun. All we have seen is tragedy and suffering and it will continue to occur unless we make an effort to have a violence-free and peaceful society.