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billbuckhead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-14-04 08:30 PM
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12 times more women killed by men they know than strangers
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Domestic Violence and Guns:
A Lethal Combination

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In the United States, over 4000 women are killed by homicide each year. According to a 1998 Violence Policy Center study, more than 12 times as many females were murdered by a male they knew (1,699 victims) than were killed by male strangers (138 victims) <1>. Up to 25% of women report being abused by intimate partners in their lifetimes, compared with 7.5% of men <2>. The violence tends to escalate over time and most violent incidents occur in the home <3>.

In Iowa, at least 68 women were killed in domestic violence murders between January 1995 and September 2003 <4>. One study found that 84% of females killed in Iowa between 1996 and 1998 were killed in domestic situationsthe majority in domestic disputes or murder-suicides <5>.

One of the major risk factors for domestic homicide is the presence of a gun. Guns are used in 59% of all iDomestic Violence and Guns:
A Lethal Combinationntimate partner homicides of women, and 51% of such homicides of men, as well as in two thirds of intimate partner violence murders of spouses or ex-spouses <6>. In Iowa between January 1995 and September 2003, 63% of women killed in domestic abuse murders were shot <7>.

A gun in the home increases the risk of intimate partner or domestic homicide. One study found that a gun in the home makes a woman is 5.4 to 7.2 times more likely to be the victim of an domestic violence homicide <8>; if there is a history of violence, she is 14.6 times more likely to be a homicide victim <9>. Approximately one third of all women who are killed by their partners have either autopsy evidence of recent trauma or have previously reported injuries <10>.

In addition, the accessibility of a firearm often turns a domestic dispute into a fatality. A 1992 study found that domestic assaults involving firearms were 12 times more likely to result in death than those assaults not involving a firearm <11>. Overall, assaults that involve firearms are 3 to 15 times more likely to result in death than those involving other weapons <12>.

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All these guns in America aren't for defense against an out of control government, against Al Queda or even against criminals, no, the target of these guns are gun owners women.
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