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

James T. Hodgkinson, the man who opened fire on Republican congressmen at softball practice, had a history of domestic violence. Gun control advocates say the shooting is further proof abusers should not be allowed to own guns, but gun rights groups say that would violate the Second Amendment. They argue federal law already prohibits those convicted of domestic violence from buying firearms. But in 41 states, convicts can keep guns they already own. What do you think? 🔫

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The Daily Beast reported Hodgkinson "had a long history of domestic violence that included the use of a gun." Gun control advocates say Hodgkinson is just one more perpetrator of domestic violence who should never have been allowed to legally own a gun.

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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:

  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, 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.
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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.

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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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But gun-control advocates argue people convicted of crimes lose all kinds of rights—the right to free assembly, the right to vote, the right to drive. Shouldn't we all agree that people convicted of violent acts have lost the right to bear arms?

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