Gun control advocates are looking for a new way to advance their agenda and believe that scare tactics about domestic violence may do the trick.
Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) introduced a bill on Wednesday, along with Rep. Robert Dold (R-Ill.), to take guns out of the hands of men who commit domestic abuse against women. This legislation has been mirrored in the Senate by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) who re-introduced a similar bill.
Bloomberg News reported that the bill's intention was to target gun restrictions against anyone convicted of domestic abuse and stalking.
This proposal will not alter much of the current law that already bans people convicted of domestic abuse from gaining access to firearms.
"I understand what a gun in the wrong hands can do and the fear and the anxiety that you live with for a lifetime. No one should assume where I am on guns. This is a very narrow bill,” said Dingell.
Unable to pass new federal gun control measures, even in the wake of mass shootings, anti-gun advocates are attempting rebrand their message.
Rather than banning bullets or proposing universal background checks, liberals like Klobuchar and Dingell have made gun control part of an issue that could garner support from Republicans.
This legislation hopes to gain traction by piggy-backing off of other domestic abuse laws. Legislatures in 23 states have introduced or passed new addressing domestic violence and guns including in red states like Alabama, Louisiana, and South Carolina.
“I don't look at this as a gun bill. I look at this as a domestic violence bill,” Dingell told Bloomberg News.
Klobuchar, unlike her counterpart in the House, has failed to gain a single Republican co-sponsor, including Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) who championed gun control legislation in the past.
The National Rifle Association is staunchly against both bills.
"(The bills) cynically manipulates emotionally compelling issues such as 'domestic violence' and 'stalking' simply to cast as wide a net as possible for federal firearms prohibitions,” the NRA argued.
Liberal think tank The Center for American Progress put out a study that said from 2001 to 2012 there were 6,410 women murdered in the U.S. by an intimate partner. Of those women, 55 percent were killed with a gun.
Government reports prove that study falsified the information by lumping all people in a relationship into one group. Studies conducted by two different government agencies prove that marriage is the best way to protect women and children from domestic violence.
A report by the Department of Justice found that domestic abuse happens far less often for married women. They are also the least likely to be the victims of violent crime in the general population. The study reported that only 0.9 per 1,000 married women without children suffered from domestic violence against their husbands versus 4.6 per 1,000 for women without children who live with a domestic partner.
That number was a little higher for women with children 2.5 per 1,000 but 12.5 times higher for unmarried females with children and a domestic partner. They were victims of domestic abuse at 31.7 per 1,000, the highest of any group.
The Fourth National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in January 2010 also had similar finds. The report clearly stated that domestic abuse towards girls and boys is significantly lower in households where biological parents stay married.
“Only 0.7 per 1,000 children living with two married biological parents were sexually abused, compared to 12.1 per 1,000 children living with a single parent who had an unmarried partner,” the study stated.
Rather than promoting new gun grabbing measures, it might benefit the Midwestern congresswomen to protect women by promoting marriage.