New York Times: The “boyfriend loophole” in U.S. gun laws is costing women’s lives

Many believe that defending the right to bear arms is a hallmark of “American” culture, but a newly-released report illustrates an inconvenient truth: U.S. women being killed by firearms is nearly as much a hallmark as defending gun ownership rights.

An American woman’s chances of experiencing physical violence of some form at the hands of her male partner are more than one in three, and when a gun is present in a domestic violence situation, the risk of homicide increases by 500 percent. More than all other weapons combined, guns have been the tool of choice for the majority of the nation’s intimate partner homicides in the past 25 years. In the United States, women are 11 times more likely to be murdered with a gun than women in other high income countries.

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