Should people convicted of domestic violence be allowed to carry guns? | The Tylt
Partners and family members are the victims in the majority of U.S. mass shootings. Critics say anyone convicted of domestic violence should not have access to guns. Gun rights advocates argue federal law already prohibits individuals convicted of domestic violence from purchasing firearms—but the law is filled with loopholes; in 41 states, convicts can keep guns they already own. And some hardliners see any proposed gun regulation as an assault on the Constitution. What do you think? 🔫
Should people convicted of domestic violence be allowed to carry guns?
Everytown for Gun Safety just 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:
1. 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.
2. Despite the fact that unmarried partners kill more U.S. women than husbands do, the federal law only applies to people convicted of abusing spouses or family members—what's known as the "boyfriend loophole."
3. People convicted of misdemeanor stalking are still allowed to buy guns.
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.
Second Amendment defenders argue depriving people of their constitutional rights just because they commit a crime is a slippery slope.
But gun-control advocates argue people convicted of crimes lose all kinds of rights—the right to free assembly, the right to vote, etc. Shouldn't we all agree that people convicted of violent acts have lost the right to bear arms?
Every 16 hours, a woman in America is shot and killed by her partner. Guns make domestic violence even more deadly.— GunsDown (@gunsdownamerica) April 10, 2017
Many gun rights advocates say bills targeting people convicted of domestic violence are just a backdoor way to encroach on individuals' Second Amendment rights.