Former Rep. Gabby Giffords Launches Initiative To Address Domestic Violence And Guns

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On Thursday, The Arizona Republic reported that former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was planning an initiative to address gun violence perpetrated by domestic abusers against women and other family members. Giffords is planning to host a “Domestic Violence Awareness Summit” on Wednesday, that will bring together dozens of women from across the country to form a group called The Women’s Coalition for Common Sense.

The coalition’s national advisory board will include such dignitaries as former Secretary of State Madeline Albright, actress Alyssa Milano, and former governors Jennifer Granholm and Christine Todd Whitman. Whitman represented New Jersey as a moderate Republican. Granholm, a Democrat, served as Michigan’s governor for two terms, from 2003-2011.

Giffords, who was seriously wounded by a gun man in 2011, plans to create the new organization to address the lethal connection between domestic violence and easy access to firearms. Women in abusive relationships are five times more likely to be murdered by their domestic abuser, if there is a gun in the home.

Focusing on domestic violence is a critical need in the discussion of gun violence in America. With all the focus on public mass shootings, domestic violence is too often ignored. Despite all of the pundit chatter about gun free zones, only 1 in 6 mass murders are public killings. The majority of mass killings are familial murders, where the perpetrator kills multiple family members. Over 80 percent of those familial mass killings occur in the home.

Part of the new group’s mission will be to make it more difficult for domestic abusers to obtain guns. For example, while current federal law bars some domestic abusers from owning firearms, it does not cover abusers who assault former dating partners. Current federal law also does not prohibit men convicted of stalking from obtaining a gun, unless the stalking offense was prosecuted as a felony rather than a misdemeanor.

The Women’s Coalition for Common Sense will add another important voice to the gun violence prevention community. Because domestic violence is tragically inter-related with the problem of gun murders, Giffords’ group will be a welcome addition to the nation’s dialogue on guns and how to keep more American women out of harm’s way.


21 Replies to “Former Rep. Gabby Giffords Launches Initiative To Address Domestic Violence And Guns”

  1. Shadow, You have that right. And I wish I could have just 5 minutes alone with the gun nut that did this to her. I’m 62 years old but I’m tough as a over cooked sirloin. And sweet as cane sugar right from the cane. This wonderful LADY, who is now mentally distressed for life, and her HERO Husband, have to deal with this senseless act FOREVER! Oh I just wish. I’m Six feet tall and 225 hard pounds muscle.

  2. January 2011, what a nightmare. The whole country pulled for her to heal. They are amazing and the work they do is a calling.

  3. We could not find a more appropriate person to lead this fight then someone who was Viciously Shot Herself. I believe Gabby Giffords is an ‘Angel’ who could actually get this idea rolling!

    Just Imagine if we would all pitch-in to help this effort in our own States. I’m Ready!

  4. Look at that woman and what she and her family have gone through because of one nut with a gun he should not have had. And look at that despicable Congress who will not move gun control into place. She was one of them and those NRA controlled creeps do not care. I have nothing but praise for her and her husband and for Barack Obama who seems determined to get this violence under some degree of control without the participation of that useless Congress.

  5. Will domestic violence summit address the domestic violence done to men? Over 40% of victims of domestic violence are men after all. I know feminists refuse to acknowledge this, but will GG do so, or is it just another big weepy for females?

  6. …I wish you WOULD ban him…the way he dissed my Shipmate who died in St. Louis a few years back was WAAAAAY beyond the pale…

  7. To be clear, it is already illegal (Federal felony) for any convicted domestic abuser,(any domestic violence conviction, even 50 years ago for pushing your husband) to possess ANY firearm and she wants to strip a Fundamental Civil Right away from anyone who is convicted, of stalking, WOW…

  8. That’s not what the constitution says
    A key reason why the United States is frozen in political paralysis, unable to protect its citizens from the next deranged gunman and the next massacre, is that many on the American Right (and some on the Left) have sold much of the country on a false history regarding the Second Amendment. Gun-rights advocates insist that the carnage can’t be stopped because it was part of what the Constitution’s Framers designed. […]
    But the Constitution’s Framers in 1787 and the authors of the Bill of Rights in the First Congress in 1789 never intended the Second Amendment to be construed as the right for individuals to take up arms against the Republic. In fact, their intent was the opposite.

    The actual goal of the Second Amendment was to promote state militias for the maintenance of order in a time of political uprisings, potential slave revolts and simmering hostilities with both European powers and Native Americans on the frontiers. Indeed, its defined purpose was to achieve “security” against disruptions to the country’s republican form of government.

    The Second Amendment’s Fake History

  9. …one echo o’ that time remains…
    One o’ the dodges used to avoid the Whisky Tax was recalibration: they started making a differently sized bottle, instead o’ the normal Quart {1/4 of a Gallon} thier NEW bottles were a Fifth. {1/5 of a gallon} since they saw the tax applied to a quart, 1/2 gallon, gallon, etc. they figured they didn’t have to pay the tax…
    …the Fifth is still around, but alas, we still pay taxes on it…lol

  10. Someone disagrees with you and you want him banned? The only way a Liberal can win an argument is to keep the other side from talking.

  11. It’s time to start thinking rationally.
    Where has the ideology of: “The more helpless you are when attacked with deadly intent, the safer you are!” actually saved lives?
    Do you really believe, that those who ignore the current and more serious laws against rape, robbery and murder, will not simply ignore a new gun control laws? Why?
    Virtually everyone at the Giffords Shooting COULD have been legally armed that day, but NO ONE took personal responsibility for their own protection that day by BEING ARMED.
    How many of the US massacres, not committed by the Government, involve ARMED intended victims? And how many of the mass-shooting in the last 20 years have happened in either official or unofficial “Gun Free Zones”?
    So ask yourself this question, in your heart of hearts: Why should a cop risk his life to save something that is so insignificant (your life or the lives of your loved ones), that even the owner is unwilling to protect it?

  12. Sorry, but the US Supreme Court disagrees with you.
    The claim that 2nd Amendment, somehow requires “a well regulated militia” is simply WRONG!

    The Second Amendment itself doesn’t present that juxtaposition.

    The prefatory (dependent) clause states a reason, the operational (independent) clause declares the right. By construction, there is no conflict created between the two – one is grammatically subordinate to the other.

    The Second Amendment states: “A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

    If the Second Amendment actually meant what the ignorant have been told to believe, it would read something like this:
    “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the power of the Militia to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

    That’s right! Militias only have powers; But only PEOPLE have Rights.

  13. I do not know Giffords on a personal level and certainly she was a victim of a mass killer.
    However, I can not approve of her attempts to take civil liberties from the ordinary people that are not part of her “elite” class.
    Since her former claim was for background checks, her own husband lied on 4473 form (a felony of ordinary people) and he was not charged.
    I suspect that her support is always for sale to the highest bidder.

  14. Loughner is a simple criminal and is not associated with NRA or any other gun rights group. Slander of the 5+ million members of the NRA does not show much character or truth in your statements. Loughner could have used a club or knife just as effectitly

  15. I think that Bed Carson this week was very clear on the meaning of 2A. I am really sick of people trying to change 2A to something other protecting a basic human right that existed before the US and will exist after the US is gone.
    The idea that government has a duty or responsibility to protect any individual is not correct. Numerous courts have so ruled.

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