Introduction: Many domestic violence victims and survivors deal with the terrifying reality that their abusers still have access to guns. The consequences of gaps in America’s gun laws hit home for many women living in the United States: American women are 16 times more likely to be killed with a gun than their peers in other high-income countries. Lax gun laws, including access to firearms without background checks in the majority of states, lack of federal law to prohibit stalkers and dating partners convicted of certain domestic violence crimes from buying guns, and state-level inconsistencies that enable violent domestic abusers to keep their weapons, put abuse victims at risk every single day.
This lesson allows a data-driven discussion, with case studies, around the impact that guns have in domestic violence disputes in America.
Objective: At the completion of this lesson, students will be educated on the current statistics surrounded the use of guns in domestic violence disputes. They will understand the correlation between the presence of a gun in the home and the likelihood of a domestic dispute turning deadly.
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