It’s Open Season on Women, Thanks to the NRA

Sensible gun control is a feminist issue and the lack of any real controls on firearms in this country poses a very real and dangerous threat to our health and safety.

The latest tragic example of this is the Brookfield, Wisconsin mall shooting where a man shot his estranged wife and seven other women at a spa. The shooter, Radcliffe Haughton, managed to get a legal firearm in Wisconsin despite an extensive history of domestic abuse. With help from Republicans, the National Rifle Association passed a background check loophole for firearms purchases that allows individuals to purchase guns from a private seller without submitting to a background check.

In Haughton’s case that means that two days after a court issued a restraining order against him for violent threats against his wife that required Haughton to turn in any firearms he owned to the police he was able to legally and lawfully get a gun without anyone’s knowledge.

As reported by Media Matters, in 2010, the National Rifle Association successfully lobbied against Wisconsin legislation that would have required individuals subject to a restraining order to turn in their weapons within 48 hours or face arrest. At the time Haughton purchased his gun he was prohibited under federal law from purchasing one. A private seller sold him one anyways. Federal law requires that individuals “engaged in the business of selling firearms” obtain a license and conduct background checks on their customers. But the definition of what it means to be “engaged in the business” is vague and allows the private sales market.  An estimated 40 percent of gun sales are conducted by private sellers without a background check.

Not surprisingly, the NRA doesn’t think this is their problem. The NRA opposes mandatory background checks on gun purchases and has repeatedly denied that allowing private sales without a background check poses a danger to the public.

Neither do Republicans who have let critical services that aid domestic violence victims languish while they posture over expansion of the Violence Against Women Act. According to Forbes, in a survey of 733 domestic violence shelters across the country, nearly 80 percent have seen an increase in requests for help this year, and almost 60 percent said the abuse has become more violent than before the recession. This is while about 80 percent of the shelters surveyed reported decreased government assistance which means that over 90 percent of the shelters had to end or scale back programs and services.

With the pro-gun lobby joining forces with the misogynist base of the GOP it is open season on women’s lives. Half of all women murdered in this country are killed by a partner or an ex-partner yet ammunition for firearms is easier to purchase than birth control pills. What does that say about the value we place on women’s lives?


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Duane B.
.6 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Scott haakon
Scott haakon6 years ago

Too many people realize they need a gun(s) when something happens but then they have to wait for the "background ck. Many women are arrested for "domestic abuse" too.

Robby C.
Past Member 6 years ago

Green Star to Sarah K & Brandon V!

Aileen- TN has plenty of birth control. And we also have clinics that perfom abortions, only... We don't allow women to take 6mo to make their decisions. For that, they usually have to travel out of state. I've only personally known one girl who wanted an abortion past 6mo & IIRC, she went to GA at 26wks. This was a few yrs ago & she was "infulenced" by her POS BF, but then.... thankfully they didn't bring up a child in that environment...

Aileen C.
AILEEN C6 years ago

Sarah K. Stop shouting. start listening. Most women don't agree with your viewsare really up against it. Birth Control is definetly off the menu for Texas,Mississippi,Tennesee women. Their clinics and all Planned Parenthood activities are also off. The GOP and the rest of the Pro Lifers are Misogynist.
From here in the UK you American womenare losing your autonomy

Brandon Van Every

More women should concealed carry. Not only would it deter crime, but it would change the perception and mythos of women as helpless victims. That in turn would change some of the realities: fewer women getting into dangerous relationships, more escaping them.

Patricia H.
Patricia H.6 years ago

thanks for posting

Sarah K.
Sarah K.6 years ago

Oh once again Care2 you have exposed youself and your oh so obvious motives!!
Sensible gun control!! A feminist issue!!
As a woman, gun owner, and the survivor of a very violent rape involving a gun I take geat offense at your biased ignorant poorly written article.
I was abducted and assaulted at gun point by a group of thugs who had a STOLEN gun that was registered to a WOMAN. Then was violently raped, choked, and left for dead half naked, by a dumpster in the middle of the night.
No amount of your BOGUS gun control laws would have stopped that from happenning.
The NRA is not responsible for the acts of criminals, and I was NOT raped by the GUN!
How awful of the NRA to advocate the teaching of self defense to a women like me!!! How undeserving I must be!! Am I not FEMINIST enough??
Anyone with half a brain can see how off the facts in this little blurb of yours is!.
On a side note I noticed your attacks of the Republican party and the birth control camparison... Let me clue you in on something... I deleted you guys out of my email when I found you pandering away for Obama and the Democartic party begging for donations... But comparing birth control pills to gun ammunition is a new all time low even for you. There is no " War On Women" in the USA. If you want to see a war on women go the the middle east. We already have birth control and we know it and we aren't fooled by Obama and his crap; we are just insulted.

Daphne T.
Daphne T.6 years ago

Guns are not the only problem. We are working with our friends in Congress to outlaw NASCAR too! You people need to learn that racing is one of the most environmentally destructive activities on the Planet. For more information on our efforts to outlaw NASCAR visit

All phallic, male dominated activities like shooting and racing cars are a violation of Mother Earth! You misogynists need to take action now before it's too late!

Daphne Tremayne
Vice President, Public Relations

Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown6 years ago

I agree Robby, rape is a very serious issue, too serious for you to be using it to support your inane theories and using it as a talking point. I only take solace in the fact that you are probably making it all up.

Robby C.
Past Member 6 years ago

"bragging about all of the rape survivors you (supposedly) know and date and using it to make your inane point."

Bragging? And what's my "inane" point? You obviously have some issues. That was one of the most shocking things I think I've had happen in my life. I haven't heard from her in >10yrs. Last I know, she'd moved far away & was having serious PTSD type issues. I really cared about her & I dated her for well over 1yr. I guess you also won't believe it when I tell you that I live ~10mi from where Channon Christian & Christoher Newsom met their end. Do you even know about them? The liberal media covered it up b/c it was a black on white hate crime. It made a bigger splash in Ireland than the US. I didn't know either of them, but knew a few people who did.

I'm starting to wonder about you. There is NOTHING about rape that is cute or funny & certainly nothing acceptable about using it for argumentative points. How would it help whatever argument I'm suposedly trying to make anyway? Unless it's that women SHOULD have access to self-defense. They should. Like the 12yr old who hid in the closet. But I don't know the first thing about that, other than online articles.

How is knowing ~3 dif girls who've been raped, over ~20yrs of dating, a lot? As well as ~4 friends (2 of which prob assume I know, but it's never come up). And to hear 2 dif (male) friends whom I met as little kids, w/in the last year tell me they'd been sexually abused befor