The National Rifle Association is claiming that a proposed bill in Minnesota that would bar those convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence against “intimate partners” violates the Second Amendment. The NRA apparently believes that stalkers and domestic abusers deserve a second chance — because maybe the next time around, they’ll be successful in killing their partner.
The bill, which also includes individuals who would harm “dating partners” and adds convicted stalkers to the grouping, was proposed by Democrat Sen. Amy Klobuchar. The NRA voiced their opposition on the bill in a letter to senators, saying that they “strongly oppose” the legislation because it (get this):
“manipulates emotionally compelling issues such as ‘domestic violence’ and ‘stalking’ simply to cast as wide a net as possible for firearm prohibitions.”
The NRA also argued that stalkers shouldn’t be prohibited from buying guns, saying “‘Stalking’ offenses do not necessarily include violent or even threatening behavior.
Under federal law, for example, stalking includes ‘a course of conduct’ that never involves any personal contact whatsoever, occurs wholly through the mail, online media, or telephone service, is undertaken with the intent to ‘harass’ and would be reasonably expected to cause (even if it doesn’t succeed in causing) ‘substantial emotional distress’ to another person.”
Yes, they honestly said that. This shouldn’t surprise anyone who’s followed this terrorist organization’s antics; their henchmen have accused people who lost their children to gun violence as being “props” for the people who want sane gun regulations. Your safety does not matter to these people, and your rights don’t even matter. All that matters to them, in their words, is “winning.”
The Huffington Post has obtained a copy of the letter.
Unsurprisingly, the NRA is ignoring some significant numbers in their push against gun reform. According to MSNBC:
76% of women who are murdered by an intimate partner were stalked beforehand, according to a study by the New York City Department of Health and a number of universities. At least three women a day are murdered by a boyfriend or a husband, according to the American Psychological Association.
Furthermore, domestic abusers with access to guns are seven times more likely to murder their partners, according to a study funded by a number of national health organizations.
This organization is a bigger danger to our collective security than the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and ISIS combined.