Nine American women shot and killed by their husbands and intimate partners every single week, according to a new report by the Violence Policy Center. Tragically, our lax gun laws make it easier for abusers to acquire a firearm than it is to purchase a Sudafed. A recent report by the Center for American Progress revealed critical gaps in our current laws that put abused women at great risk of being victimized at the end of a gun.
Legislators who don’t support expanded background checks and other common-sense gun reforms are complicit in this bloodshed, and moms need to call them out. This month, moms will demand action to protect abused women with a month-long craft campaign, a week of action from October 14 -18, and events in some of the worst states for female homicide on October 19th.
We’re demanding that Congress take these simple steps to keep guns out of the hands of abusers:
- In the House: sign on as co-sponsors to H.R. 1565, the King (R-NY)/Thompson (D-CA) bill to expand background checks and demand this bill be brought to the House floor This basic reform will put life-saving distance between many angry perpetrators and intended victims.
- In the Senate: bring the Manchin (D-WV)/Toomey (R-PA) bill back to the Senate floor and pass it. This legislation would also expand the background check system and close loopholes that would help keep guns out of dangerous hands.
- Both chambers to commit to working on and supporting legislation to protect abused women, like S. 1290, the “Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act of 2013″; H.R. 2648, the “Keeping Guns from High Risk Individuals Act”; H.R. 1914 the “Preventing Victims of Stalking Act of 2013”; and H.R. 1177, the “Domestic Violence Survivor Protection Act.”
Here’s what you can do this October to #Savethe9 women killed by gun violence every week:
Create a 9 for the Nine
Make sure your members of Congress have to stare this shocking number in the face. Create a number 9 to represent the nine American women shot and killed each week by their husbands or intimate partners. Get a template and instructions here.
Send a Letter to the Editor
Congress may be shut down, but we can make sure they still feel our impact. Use our tool to instantly submit a letter to the editor to all of the local papers in your area. Make sure your elected officials know that their constituents care about domestic gun violence and are demanding action for common-sense gun reforms.
Demand Action! October 14 – 18
Congress is headed to their home districts for a week, and they need to hear from you. All week long, our members will meet with their elected officials in their districts and ask them to take the common-sense steps outlined above to protect vulnerable women from domestic gun violence. Contact your state chapter if you want to participate in a meeting. If you can’t meet with your legislators in person, you can still participate:
- MONDAY, 10/14 – Email Congress: Tell your legislators to enact common-sense reforms to prevent domestic gun violence. Use our email tool to reach all of your members of Congress in one click.
- TUESDAY, 10/15 – Join Our Thunderclap: A thunderclap is a coordinated message that spreads across social media. Sign up for our Thunderclap by Tuesday, and your message will spread across social media during our Twitter window on the 16th.
- WEDNESDAY 10/16 – Tweet from 1:00 – 3:00 on 10/16: Tweet facts about domestic gun violence. Use our Fast Tweet page to send pre-formatted, customizable tweets to members of Congress.
- THURSDAY 10/17 – Make 9 Calls: Call your Members of Congress and tell them to support expanded background checks and other common-sense legislation. Call the US Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121 to reach your Senators and Representatives, then ask eight of your friends to call too.
- FRIDAY 10/18 – Post Your Photos: Post photos of your Number 9 craft to Facebook—on your own page, and your Congress members’ pages. And send you photos to [email protected].
Attend an Event on October 19th
The Violence Policy Center’s report ranks the Top 10 worst states for female homicide. Our chapters in several of those worst states—as well as other chapters across the country—will hold events on Saturday, October 19th to call attention to the ongoing tragedy of domestic gun violence.
Key events are planned in:
- South Carolina (rank: #1 worst state for female homicide per capita)
- Arizona (rank: #5)
- Tennessee (rank: #6)
- Texas (second-highest number of female homicide victims, not per capita)
Event details will be listed on the right side of this page.
Share Your Story
This recent Faces of Courage profile shows how powerfully a personal story can illustrate the problem of domestic gun violence. If you have a personal story of domestic gun violence that you would be willing to share, please contact us at [email protected].
IF YOU NEED HELP
If you are in an abusive situation and need help, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224. The hotline is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For more resources, visit the National Network to End Domestic Violence.