A powerful new ad hoping to roll back the rising tide of gun violence shows the deadly result of adding guns to domestic violence. The gripping ad is being used to shame Republican senators that have voted down strengthening background checks.
The ad was created by the new anti-gun violence group Everytown for Gun Safety and will be airing in three states where senators recently voted against bills that would have increased background checks. Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Sen.Dean Heller of Nevada, and Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona all claimed support for stronger background checks while voting down bills that would have actually done so.
All three senators are also currently vulnerable, and Everytown is hoping to use the new ad to push them in the right direction. According to recent polls, a sizable majority of Americans support background checks for gun purchases.
As should anyone that is against violence towards women. In situations of domestic abuse, having a gun involved dramatically increases the chance of a woman being killed. According to Everytown:
“The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation makes it five times more likely that a woman will be murdered.”
Everytown is also pushing support for the Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act. The bill would bar gun sales to anyone accused of domestic violence against “intimate partners”, expanded to include dating partners. On top of that and it would also bar sales to anyone convicted of stalking.
Of course the NRA is more interested in the gun rights of convicted stalkers and domestic abusers than protecting those they victimize. Opposing the new bill, the NRA claims it “manipulates emotionally compelling issues”. Because the ever-more-realistic fear of being shot to death by a partner is just women being overly emotional.
Watch Everytown’s ad about guns and domestic violence.
Featured photo: Screen grab from Everytown for Gun Safety PSA.