Each month, an average of 46 women in the US are shot to death by an intimate partner.Almost one year ago, on October 21, 2012, Zina Daniel was tracked down and murdered by her estranged husband. After years of abuse, Zina obtained a restraining order against her husband. This restraining order would have blocked him from buying a gun at a dealer. Instead, Radcliffe Haughton found a private seller on Armslist.com and bought a gun without a background check. He proceeded to Zina's place of work — a spa in Brookfield, WI — killed her, two of her coworkers and injured 4 others. Tragically, Zina's story is one of many — too many.
In memory of Zina and thousands of other women, survivors of domestic violence-related gun violence and domestic violence advocates will join with Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Moms Demand Action and the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence and urge Congress to pass Manchin-Toomey, a common sense gun violence prevention bill that will keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers and save women's lives. In states that require background checks for all gun sales, 38% fewer women are killed with a gun by an intimate partner. To learn more, read the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Gun Background Checks Fact Sheet.
Ways you can get involved:
- Sign a letter by Elvin Daniel, brother of Zina, asking Congress to take action.
- Join events hosted by Moms Demand Action, Organizing for America, and local DV programs. Details about time, date and location available here.
- Schedule a visit with Members of Congress while they are back at home to let them know you support background check legislation. Contact Abigail Hurst, PCADV's Public Policy Specialist, for assistance at 800-932-4632 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Share information about how our broken gun laws let domestic abusers, felons and other prohibited purchasers buy guns — and put women in danger. Use #SaveWomensLives. Additional pictograms and quick facts can be found here.
Check out these great resources:
- Kim Gandy, president and CEO of National Network to End Domestic Violence, calling on the NRA to stand with victims of domestic violence and support legislation that will keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers.
- A letter from Mara Solberg in North Dakota pointing out that domestic abuse is clearly linked to holes in our nation's background check system.
- A podcast of an interview with Rita Smith, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and Brina Milikowsky, MAIG, conducted by Kenya Fairley, National Resource Center on Domestic Violence.