The Violence Against Woman Act Essay

780 Words Jul 23rd, 2015 4 Pages
One in four woman in the United States experiences severe physical violence by an intimate partner during her life. From 2001 to 2012, approximately 11,700 women were murder by an intimate partner, and 6410 women, 55%, were murder with a gun. To prevent the role of guns in domestic violence, Congress passed the Violence against Woman Act (VAWA) in 1994, which prevented individuals who had domestic violence restraining orders passed against them from access guns. In 1996, they passed the Lautenberg Amendment, which prevents people who have been convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence from owning or possessing firearms. While these laws are useful, VAWA, the Lautenberg Amendment are flawed and they do not do enough to prevent domestic abusers from having or acquiring guns

Loopholes
There are serious loopholes in VAWA and the Lautenberg Amendment, which allow domestic abusers to keep their guns, or acquire new ones. States are writing legislation to close some of these loopholes, but the federal government could help close some of these loophiles.
• Individuals found guilty of misdemeanor stalking do not give up their guns, despite a study finding that 76% of woman who are murder by an intimate partner have been stalked by their abusers in the preceding year and many individuals plead down felony domestic abuse charges into misdemeanor stalking.
• A abuse is only legally domestic a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence when the offender is a current or former spouse,…

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