Only 33 House Republicans Support the Violence Against Women Act

The House passed the Violence Against Women Act yesterday in a 263-158 vote, with 33 Republicans voting for the bill, and 157 voting against the re-authorization. The current law only bars gun ownership for convicted abusers who are married to their victim, live with their victim, or have a child with their victim. A new provision aimed at closing the so-called “boyfriend loophole” would extend this gun ban to convicted stalkers, as well as current or past dating partners who are convicted of domestic abuse and those with restraining orders. Representative Brian Fitzpatrick is the only GOP co-sponsor of the bill, stating “I understand for some of my colleagues that may be controversial. For me, it’s not…I think the biggest threat to the Second Amendment is when you allow all of these gun crimes to occur unaddressed, because that erodes people’s confidence and trust in people that are legitimately trying to protect themselves and their families and their homes.” Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority and Feminist Majority Foundation, said in a statement: “I am pleased that the U.S. House has reauthorized VAWA, a bill I have advocated for and fought to improve for over 25 years…But our work […]

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