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Should people convicted of domestic violence lose the right to own guns?

More than half of the mass shooting incidents in America between 2009-2016 were directly related to domestic violence. Gun control activists argue that abusers should never have access to firearms, and Oregon just passed a law banning anyone convicted of stalking or domestic violence from owning guns. But gun rights groups say federal law already prohibits convicted domestic abusers from buying guns, and that violating citizens' Second Amendment rights won't solve the problem. What do you think? 🔫

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Everytown for Gun Safety released a chilling report on the connection between domestic violence and mass shootings. They also detail the massive loopholes in the gun laws for convicted abusers. Here are just a few highlights:

—The laws prohibit convicted abusers from buying new guns, but 41 states allow people convicted of domestic violence to keep the guns they already own.

— Despite the fact that unmarried partners kill more U.S. women than husbands do, federal law only applies to people convicted of abusing spouses or family members—what's known as the "boyfriend loophole."

— People convicted of misdemeanor stalking are still allowed to buy guns.

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Congress attempted to address gun violence against women two decades ago with the Lautenberg Amendment, a law that prohibits people from buying guns if they have been convicted of assaulting a spouse or child. But gun control advocates say the law is ineffective because unmarried partners kill more U.S. women than husbands do.

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Others, like Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, argue it is wrong to deprive someone of their constitutional rights simply because they have committed a crime. Accused criminals and convicted criminals still have rights.

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Many gun rights advocates say bills targeting people convicted of domestic violence are just a backdoor way to encroach on individuals' Second Amendment rights.

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Others say we can't get serious about preventing gun violence unless we address the fact that the majority of mass shootings in the United States are related to domestic or family violence. 

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