Anti-gun and family advocates argue for more gun control because of the high number of women who are killed by guns in cases of domestic violence. So, what are the statistics used to support their arguments?
One source states that there are around 50 women in America that are shot to death by former partners (domestic violence) every month. It was also reported that an average of about 760 Americans (men and women) are shot to death by former partners (domestic violence) every year. Of those 760 victims, about 75% (570) are current wives or girlfriends.
Shannon Watts, Founder of Moms Demand Action, commented:
“Domestic gun violence is a crisis in this country.”
Moms Demand Action is an anti-gun activist group formed after the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Watts is a typical anti-gun fanatic that would prefer every person in the United States be unarmed or keep their guns unloaded and locked up, making them useless for self-defense. She is a typical bleeding heart liberal who repeats rhetoric that is often false and not a true reflection of the truth. She has no qualms about stripping law-abiding Americans of the Second Amendment rights.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m totally against any and all forms of domestic violence. I believe that men who hit their wives or girlfriends should be taken and beaten by someone else so they know what it feels like – eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth.
But banning guns and passing more gun control laws is not the answer to domestic violence. When guns are not available, a man or woman will find another way to carry out their wrath, revenge or whatever you want to call it. Some use poison, their cars, knives, baseball bats and numerous other items commonly found around a house.
Back to the question – what percentage of gun deaths are women?
“One updated analysis by Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun control group, found that 54% of mass shooting incidents involved the killing of a current or former partner or family member. That analysis looked at multiple-casualty shootings over several years that left four or more people dead. A Huffington Post analysis of the Everytown data found that 64% of the victims in these mass shootings were women and children…”
However, the same report continued with the following:
“…even though women usually represent 15% of all gun homicide victims and children 7%…”
“Only about one in 10 of these mass-injury shootings involved domestic violence, the Times found. But the domestic violence shootings were more deadly than the other attacks. Domestic violence shootings represented only 11% of the incidents, but 31% of the victims who died.”
So, while domestic violence is a serious problem, the overall percentage of women and children killed by gun violence is small. The vast majority of gun violence crimes are men, not women and not children.
The next time you hear someone like Shannon Watts and other anti-gun fanatics repeat the rhetoric about how many women and children are killed by guns, call them on their facts and tell them that the real percentages are only 15% for women and 7% for children. I agree that that’s too many, but it’s not what the anti-gun people claim.