In states that require a background check for every handgun sale, 38 percent fewer women are shot to death by intimate partners
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Along with concerns about the growing number mass shootings, guns are a significant factor in domestic violence, according to a report released last week by a coalition of mayors from across the country.
Using statistics compiled by the FBI, the Mayors Against Illegal Guns report shows that 57 percent of mass shootings involve domestic violence. In states that require a background check for every handgun sale, 38 percent fewer women are shot to death by intimate partners. In contrast, the number of women killed by intimate partners with other weapons is nearly identical in these groups of states.
The report also shows a 25 percent increase in mass shooting incidents in the past four years, up to 56, or more than one per month. Continue reading