A recent analysis of U.S. gun deaths has found that a majority of mass shootings were related to domestic or family violence.
performed by Michael Bloomberg's gun violence prevention group,
Everytown for Gun Safety, looked at mass shootings that took place
between January 2009 and July 2014. In that span of five and a half
years, the group identified 110 mass shootings, which were defined as
shootings in which at least four people were murdered with a firearm. Of
those shootings, at least 57 percent were related to domestic or family
Kim Gandy, president of the National Network to End
Domestic Violence, said the report serves as sobering evidence for the
need to improve gun laws.
"It’s clear that many of these murders
were committed by people already barred from gun ownership by federal
law -- but that law is full of loopholes, like background checks not
being required for private sales, like Craigslist or at gun shows," she
said. "It’s shocking that the gun lobby has succeeded in blocking such
common-sense solutions, and that there aren’t more members of Congress
standing up on the issue."
federal law, individuals who have been convicted of a misdemeanor
domestic violence offense or who are subject to a permanent domestic
violence restraining order can’t legally buy or possess firearms. But
many guns are purchased without a background check, making thorough enforcement of current laws all but impossible.
In addition, federal gun prohibitions only apply to
situations where the perpetrator is married to the victim, or cohabited
with or has a child with him. Dating partners and convicted stalkers
are not included, and those loopholes allow many domestic abusers to dodge the background check system.
to the Everytown analysis, in one-quarter of the mass shootings in
which the perpetrator killed a former or current partner, the
perpetrator would not have been barred from owning a firearm.