Violence against women is a global pandemic that has been in existence since the beginning of humankind. Toxic masculinity has been an undying tradition, and finally, people are starting to take notice of the neanderthal-like ways in which society targets and diminishes women in order to keep them from empowerment.
Now, the House of Representatives have reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act, a law that stopped those convicted of crimes like stalking and domestic violence from being able to legally own firearms.
The NRA fought against the law, stating it would make it harder for criminals to exercise their constitutional rights to terrorize people with guns. This left us with the “boyfriend” loophole. Current law protects women from violent men only if they were married to them. The VAWA now has new stipulations that would protect women from any man who threatens or harms her.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said this on the House floor:
“According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, on average, nearly 20 people every minute — 20 people every minute — are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. That is a tragedy and a crisis. One in 4 women experience severe intimate partner physical violence, and 1 in 7 have been stalked by an intimate partner to the point at which she felt very fearful, or believed that she or someone close to her would be harmed or killed. The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk — hear me — increases the risk of homicide by 500 percent.”
“That is why we aim to close gun loopholes by expanding the definition of intimate partners to include dating or former dating partners. It is also why this bill has language preventing anybody convicted of a misdemeanor crime of stalking from obtaining a gun.”
This is a huge win for women, who have been begging to have their voices heard on this matter for centuries. Nancy Pelosi said, “We were for renewing it. Nancy Pelosi is the one that blocked it, she wanted it to expire because, like so many issues, she could use different people as pawns for her political games,” ridiculing the GOP for allowing the act to ever expire in the first place.