In theory, these laws are designed to protect women in Zina’s circumstances, by keeping guns out of the hands of domestic abusers. Koziol-Mc Lain, et al., Risk factors for femicide within physically abuse intimate relationships: results from a multi-state case control study, 93 Amer. More than half of women murdered with guns in the U. in 2011 — at least 53 percent — were killed by intimate partners or family members. According to FBI data there were 1,221 gun murders in which a woman was the lead victim.
But in practice, the laws are poorly defined and poorly enforced, and the results are as predictable as they are devastating. Of these, 649 were killed by an intimate partner or immediate family member — 53% of the total.
Women in the United States are eleven times more likely to be murdered with guns than women in other high-income countries. This data likely undercounts the phenomenon because in many other cases law enforcement could not confirm whether a shooter and victim were intimately involved.
Domestic violence in America is to a significant degree a problem of gun violence. And research by Everytown for Gun Safety establishes that this is also true for mass shootings: in 57 percent of the mass shootings between January 2009 and June 2014, the perpetrator killed an intimate partner or family member.
Domestic abuse survivors already suffer too much at the hands of people who pretend to care about them; they don’t need the NRA’s fake pity. Just last year, in fact, the NRA happily endorsed a bill to allow abused dating partners to get temporary concealed handgun permits.
Now, the same NRA claims that protecting dating partners is a bridge too far if it disarms abusers.
Armed citizens are standing “guard” outside of military recruitment offices around the country after the Tennessee shooting that killed four last week (and occasionally accidentally firing their guns).