Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence big cheese Colleen Daley attended yesterday’s kabuki Senate gun control hearing, ostensibly aimed at protecting women from “gun violence.” No one can say Daley doesn’t recognize a juicy fundraising opportunity when she sees one. Here’s an email blast she sent out last night:
I was honored to attend today’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on how we can improve Domestic Violence laws to protect men and women who are in an abusive relationship . . .
We know the impact domestic violence has across this country and the increased likelihood of a fatal incident occurring if a firearm is involved; I commend the Committee for addressing this issue and looking for common sense solutions that will help save lives.
Nationally, 55% of all women murdered with guns were killed by an intimate partner. In Illinois between 2003 and 2012, 37% of female domestic violence homicide victims were killed with a gun. Finding and implementing common sense solutions do one thing – save lives! While Illinois has strong laws that prohibit firearm purchases or possession by persons convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence, prohibit dating partner abusers and require mandatory surrender of firearms; we have to do more, including prohibiting those convicted of stalking from having access to firearms.
Nationally, there are four policies that government should enact to block domestic abusers from buying and possessing guns. We need to:
- Pass a universal background check to keep guns out of the hands of those individuals who should not have access.
- Bar all convicted abusers, stalkers and people who have a domestic violence restraining orders from gun possession.
- Provide all records of prohibited abusers to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
- Provide law enforcement with the tools needed to ensure that domestic abusers surrender all firearms in their possession.
Reach out to our Senators TODAY and tell them you support policies that will stop domestic abusers from buying and possessing guns! Click here to reach out to Senator Durbin and here to contact Senator Kirk.
This is not an issue of attacking the second amendment, this is about saving lives! I want to commend Elvin Daniel from McHenry, IL for his testimony today. Elvin, a NRA member and gun owner lost his sister to a domestic violence abuser who should not have had a firearm. To quote Elvin, “I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment an a member of the NRA. And I also believe in sensible gun laws. I know that common sense gun laws that protect public safety go hand in hand with the Second Amendment.”
We agree with you Elvin – common sense and sensible solutions save lives!
I am encouraged that we will get past the divisive debate and all work together to pass common sense laws both in Springfield and Washington that protect victims from deadly violence.