On July 30, gun control proponent Gabby Giffords argued that guns are part of a war on women being waged by domestic abusers and that more gun control is needed now.
In an op-ed co-written by Katie Ray-Jones and published on CNN.com, Giffords argued that federal firearm laws barring possession of firearms by those “under domestic violence protection orders” or with “misdemeanor domestic violence convictions” do not go far enough. She suggests that these laws too often only impact people in a married context and need to be “extended to address dating partner abuse.”
She also believes gun possession bans need to be broadened to include stalkers. Giffords says, “Those who argue that stalkers don’t necessarily exhibit violent or threatening behavior…[haven’t talked] with a woman who fears for her life because her former boyfriend or acquaintance is promising to find her and kill her.”
On August 14 Breitbart News reported on gun scholar John Lott’s work which suggests women in America are not made safer by more gun control but by greater access to guns for self-defense.
In his seminal work More Guns, Less Crime, Lott shows that women are among the top beneficiaries of expanded concealed carry laws. Conversely, crime against women rises where gun control is more stringent.
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