Bleeding Ex-Girlfriend Shooting Target At NRA Conference Promotes Violence Against Women
This is so offensive in so many ways, I don’t know where to begin. During Houston’s NRA Conference last week, a vendor was promoting shooting targets. One
lisabeth Plank from Policymic shares her views and very good research information:
“I’m not even sure how to begin unpacking this, so let me start with some stats. Men’s violence against women is not a small pickle, it’s a huge problem. Not just all over the world and in every society, but particularly here in the United States where ”domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women — more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined.” One third of female murder victims are killed by an intimate partner.
Gun violence is a gendered issue since it impacts women and men in very different ways. Because women are more vulnerable to violence within the home than men (and men are most often the perpetrators of violence against women), the presence of a gun makes females less safe, not more. How do we know? A woman’s likelihood of a violent death within the home actually increases by 270% when a gun is kept inside the house. Homicide figures don’t lie. Having a gun within their possession didn’t protect women from murder. In fact, it accurately predicted their higher likelihood of death.
Every day, at least three women are killed by an intimate partner in the US alone.
Thank you, Elizabeth. You said it better than I would. If I were to write more now, given my state of anger and outrage, I doubt my choice of words would get past this, or most site’s obscenity ‘guidelines’ –and I wanted to get the story out.
I am grateful that we have a president who signed into law, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). I’m grateful for Women’s Right’s organizations like UniteWomen.org who have campaigns protesting violence against women and who recently began a campaign called, Unite Against Rape. And I’m grateful for sites like Women’s Health.Com that give information links and helplines for women who need help and don’t know where to find it. Through these groups and articles, we build awareness and together find ways to combat violence against women.
If you feel you’re in danger, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotlineand get help: 1-800-799-SAFE