Saturday, November 01, 2014

180.7 - Guns: Some haven't given up on controls

Guns: Some haven't given up on controls

I have two brief things to close out the week.

The first is about guns, a topic I haven' t talked about in a while because on the whole, it's just too depressing a subject.

But did hear some news the other day which I wanted to pass on.

Former US Rep. Gabrielle "Gabby" Giffords - you remember her, she was the one shot in the head in a 2011 shooting in Tucson, Arizona, that killed six people - Gabby Giffords now spends her efforts with her gun-control advocacy group, Americans for Responsible Solutions.

She has started on a cross-country "Protect All Women Tour" aiming to highlight the connection between guns and domestic violence.

Three facts are important here:
- Women in the Us are eleven times more likely to be murdered with guns than women in other high-income countries.
- At least 53 percent of women murdered with guns in the US in 2011 were killed by intimate partners or family members.
- The number of women shot to death by intimate partners is 38% lower in states that require a background check for every handgun sale.

Giffords hopes to enlist women in her fight for gun control. What's the NRA's response? An ad campaign featuring bullets of various calibers cast in soft light and labeled "Love at first shot."

I'm glad to know people are still carrying on that fight. It's one I need to get back into.

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