Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
For Immediate Release
Contact: Brendan Kelly, bkelly [at] bradymail [dot] org
BRADY CAMPAIGN ASKS VP CANDIDATES TO TAKE ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, GUNS DURING DEBATE TOMORROW
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Brady Campaign calls on Vice-Presidential candidates to address solutions during Tuesday's debate
WASHINGTON – As Domestic Violence Awareness Month begins, the Brady Campaign is calling on vice-presidential candidates Tim Kaine and Mike Pence to address the role guns play in domestic violence during Tuesday night's debate.
When domestic abusers have access to guns, the risk of deadly violence skyrockets.
- Victims of domestic violence are five times more likely to be killed by their abuser when there is a gun in the home.
- After adjusting for population, states with expanded background checks for all handgun sales see a 46% drop in women shot and killed by an intimate partner.
Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign, said, "This month is a reminder of the work we still have to do to ensure this nation is doing all it can to protect victims of domestic violence. It's also important to recognize the risk factors that can turn a violent situation deadly. The mere presence of a gun in the home, whether it belongs to the abuser or the victim, makes it five times more likely that a domestic violence victim will be killed by their abuser. In courtrooms and in Congress, the Brady Campaign has fought to make sure no domestic abuser in the United States can ever get their hands on a gun. This one is pretty straightforward. If you are invested in preventing deadly domestic violence, you have to talk about guns.
"Nearly twenty people, almost all women, are physically abused by intimate partners every minute. It's an issue the candidates for vice president can't ignore on the debate stage. That's why we're calling on each candidate to answer this question: 'Knowing that states with expanded Brady background checks have seen a 46 percent drop in women shot and killed by intimate partners, would you support expanding background checks nationwide to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers and other dangerous people?'"
The mission of the Brady organization and its Million Mom March is to create a safer America by cutting gun deaths in half by 2025. For more insight on gun violence prevention, follow us on Facebook and Twitter @BradyBuzz.
About Us: The Brady Campaign and Center, united with the Million Mom March, is a national network of over 90 grassroots chapter affiliates mobilized to prevent gun violence at the community level. The network has played a vital role in expanding Brady background checks in the six states that have passed legislation since the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut and produced the largest national protest of gun violence in U.S. history - The Million Mom March, Mother's Day 2000.