According to this data, there was a 4% increase in domestic violence shooting deaths in the US in 2020 over 2019, but a 69% increase in Texas; 93% in Maryland; 67% in Missouri; 160% in Utah.

Why won’t the Senate reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act? pbs.org/wgbh/frontline…
The answer: the NRA has threatened to "score" lawmakers who vote in favor of the new version of #vawa, which includes a provision that would make convicted dating partners and stalkers prohibited gun purchasers. google.com/amp/s/www.nyti…
The @NRA's goal is to make sure as many people as possible buy guns, including abusers—even if it costs the lives of our mothers, sisters and daughters.

With lives hanging in the balance, it’s time for women to tell lawmakers whose side we're on: Our own. elle.com/culture/career…

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11 Jun
NEW: At least a dozen men at the Jan. 6 Capitol riot have histories of domestic violence, sexual assault or child rape and abuse arrests - some were arrested multiple times and repeatedly violated restraining orders.

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One of the men had a history of “choking and beating women to the point of loss of consciousness, of many hospital visits for many victims, of chipped and missing teeth, and of even breaking into one victim’s home multiple times to assault her.”
Another man had a history of arrests for domestic violence against previous partners - none of which resulted in prosecution. He was pending trial for choking and beating a child when he traveled to Washington, DC, for the Jan. 6 insurrection.
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9 Jun
How it started (2013) How it's going (2021)
Advocacy is a marathon, not a sprint - but last night New York @momsdemand volunteers won some major victories, including passing a first-in-the-nation bill to hold the gun industry accountable and two bills to keep New Yorkers safe from ghost guns. #nyleg
In 2018, despite a groundswell of support @MomsDemand volunteers could not get a single bill to the floor of the New York State Senate. A handful of Democrats were caucusing with the Republicans and prevented gun safety (and so many other) bills from moving forward.
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7 Jun
I am friends with and respect many Conservatives, but Joe Walsh has not yet done the work to deserve redemption. There’s always time, but it starts with apologies to those he’s hurt, and actions to repair the damage done. He dislikes Trump - yay. So do tens of millions of others.
Honestly I could do this all night…
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2 Jun
Today, @Everytown and @MomsDemand unveiled new TV and digital ads urging Congress to take bipartisan action on background checks. The ads, featuring gun owners and law enforcement officials, are a part of a new $500,000 ad campaign that will run over the next two weeks.
Federal law requires background checks for all gun sales by licensed gun dealers, but it doesn’t require background checks for people who buy guns from unlicensed dealers, even in instances when strangers meet online or at gun shows; 21 states have closed this loophole.
The loophole has created a large, unregulated gun marketplace that makes it easy for gun traffickers to buy and sell guns without background checks or scrutiny. States that don’t require background checks are the main source of a disproportionate number of trafficked guns.
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27 May
As we turn grief into action following yet another mass shooting, help @MomsDemand recognize National Gun Violence Awareness Day by supporting local organizations committed to ending gun violence. @Everytown will match up to $150k in donations! #WearOrange give.everytownsupportfund.org/campaign/2021-…
We’re supporting the Anti-Violence Coalition of Hudson County in NJ @JCACM201. They’re dedicated to reducing violence and its impact on young men and women in Jersey City by empowering residents and building a peaceful community.
In Maryland, we’re supporting @baltimoreceasefire. They rally Baltimore to be peaceful and celebrate life during Ceasefire weekends and work with schools, neighborhoods, organizations, individuals, and families who are impacted by violence.
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27 May
I'm tired of pundits and anchors saying Americans are numb to gun violence. It sends a signal that we should be hopeless.

Are we supposed to assume our loved ones could be shot down at any given moment? That's there's a 25 year life expectancy rate and anything more is a bonus?
Cynicism is an insult to all gun violence survivors. Just because media is tired of reporting on these tragedies doesn't mean Americans don't care.

NINETY PERCENT (including the vast majority of Republicans and gun owners) of Americans want lawmakers to pass stronger gun laws.
We don't need pundits to debate what is causing gun violence in America. WE KNOW THE ANSWER. It's easy access to guns.

Instead of a 20 minute segment suggesting Americans might grow to accept 100 deaths and hundreds more wounded every day, FIND A SENATOR AND ASK HARD QUESTIONS.
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