Legislation needed to address domestic violence homicide!

Recently, the Senate had an opportunity to vote on legislation that would have expanded background checks and protected victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking from gun violence. The intersection between gun violence and sexual and domestic violence cannot be overstated. Research shows that firearms possession by those who commit sexual and domestic violence crimes is an indicator of lethality (causing death).  

Access to firearms yields a more than five-fold increase in risk of intimate partner homicide when considering other factors of abuse, suggesting that abusers who possess guns tend to inflict the most severe abuse on their partners.

Many offenders are easily able to obtain firearms through private sales and transfers, even though they should be prohibited under federal law from doing so – and the Manchin-Toomey amendment to S. 649 would have closed this dangerous loophole by expanding background checks to all gun sales on the internet and commercial settings. Unfortunately, the Senate failed to pass the Manchin-Toomey Amendment.

Now, we need you to let our Senators know that you took notice of their vote! Senators Manchin and Toomey promise to bring this issue back to the Senate floor and we need every Senator who voted no to revisit and rethink their vote on behalf of their state’s women, children and families.

ACTION ITEM:  EMAIL, TWEET, AND CALL YOUR SENATORS TO EITHER THANK THEM FOR OR EXPRESS DISAPPOINTMENT IN THEIR VOTE ON MANCHIN-TOOMEY.

You can reach your Senators by calling (202) 224-3121, or you can look them up here: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

When you call, be sure to ask to speak to the staff person who handles gun violence legislation

Find out how your Senators voted on the Manchin-Toomey Amendment here.

If your Senator voted YES on Manchin-Toomey: 

Tell or leave the following message for the staff person:

  1. I am a constituent from (city and state) and my name is _________. 
  2. I wanted to thank Senator ______ for supporting legislation that would expand background checks and protect victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking from gun violence.
  3. I hope that the Senate will reconsider the Manchin-Toomey Amendment, and I would support the Senator’s efforts to enact effective gun safety laws that will reduce violence against women and save lives.

Tweet a thanks to your Senator:

  •  [@handle] Thanks for supporting gun safety laws that will reduce domestic violence homicides & save lives! I hope the Senate will reconsider.

If your Senator voted NO on Manchin-Toomey:

Tell or leave the following message for the staff person:

  1. I am a constituent from (city and state) and my name is _________.
  2. I am calling to let Senator ____ know that I am very concerned and disappointed the he/she voted against the Manchin-Toomey amendment, a common-sense, bipartisan proposal to close the loopholes that make it all too easy for criminal offenders to obtain firearms and ammunition that endangers the safety of victims of domestic and sexual violence and their children.
  3. I hope that when the Senate reconsiders this legislation, the Senator will stand up for victims and take their safety needs seriously.

Tweet your Senator a message:

  • [@handle] Take the lethal impact of firearms in domestic & sexual violence & stalking cases seriously. Vote to close background check loopholes.