Here's the Horrible Reality of What Happens When You Cross Guns With Domestic Violence

For too many American women, when weapons are involved, there's no happy ending.
Jul 29, 2014·
Culture and education editor Liz Dwyer has written about race, parenting, and social justice for several national publications. She was previously education editor at Good.

It only takes seconds for an incident of domestic violence to become fatal, especially when a gun is involved. That's the message behind a new advertisement from Everytown for Gun Safety, a nonprofit founded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The organization is hoping to raise awareness about the deadly ways gun violence affects Americans, and this ad is a graphic example of what can happen.

The advertisement, which features a woman calling 911 as her ex tries to break in, is difficult to watch. There is no fairy-tale happy ending in the horrifying spot. Sadly, it's a reality that's too often true for women. According to the organization, American women are “11 times more likely to be murdered with guns than they are in any other developed nation. And more than half of all women killed with guns in our country are murdered by their partners.”

To end this cycle, the organization hopes to rally the public in advance of Wednesday’s Senate vote on legislation that would “close loopholes in federal law that permit domestic abusers and stalkers to get their hands on guns.”