Violence Issues to Watch
The AAUW member-adopted Biennial Action Priorities support “freedom from violence and fear of violence in homes, schools, workplaces, and communities.”
Updated: May 14, 2012
- In the News: Student Shot by School Employee, As Conservatives Call for More Guns on Campus - Aurora, Colorado was the site of an accidental shooting on Monday.
- In the News: Mother's Day in Newtown
- In the News: We Can't Let Hatred and Gun Paranoia Silence Our Great Democracy - By Bill Moyers, Michael Winship - Drop your weapons and celebrate that we live in a country where peaceful change is still possible.
- In the News: Some Republicans signal willingness to revive gun debate
- In the News: Florida 13-Year-Old Finds Family Gun, Shoots 6-Year-Old Sister
- In the News: Five Things to Know About the NRA's New President
- In the News: Montana Governor Vetoes Bill to Allow Guns on Campus
- The History of AAUW’s Position on Gun Violence Prevention
- In the News: INCREASED SECURITY AT SCHOOLS FOLLOWING CALIFORNIA GIRL'S STABBING DEATH - Students in a Northern California school district head to class Monday morning under increased security following the weekend stabbing death of an 8-year-old girl.
- Gun Control Bill Falls in Senate - On Apil 17, the Senate rejected a bipartisan proposal to expand background checks on gun purchases. The vote failed by 54-46 (60 votes were required to move forward with considering the proposal). Also that day, an amendment to ban assault weapons failed by a vote of 40-60. President Obama announced he was disappointed in the Senate and declared Wednesday a "shameful day in Washington."
- In the News: FAMILY DONATES ORGANS OF NEW JERSEY BOY SHOT DEAD BY PLAYMATE - Brandon Holt didn't make it to his 7th birthday. He won't graduate high school, won't get married, won't have kids of his own.
- In the News: At Least 4 People Have Been Shot by Toddlers Since Last Weekend
- In the News: How the Gun Industry Is Killing Americans
- Inthe News: Shot, Then Shut Out - The nation finally took notice of Chicago’s epidemic of gun violence after 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton was fatally shot January 29. Since 2008, more young people have been killed in Chicago than in any other American city.
- In the News: Michael Bloomberg group’s gun-control scorecard will give lawmakers letter grades - New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, one of the nation’s most committed and deep-pocketed gun-control proponents, is ratcheting up pressure on lawmakers by launching a new system to grade them based on their votes and statements on gun issues.
- In the News: Mitch McConnell plans to join filibuster of guns bill - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) plans to join a Republican filibuster of legislation aimed at curbing gun violence should Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) bring it to the floor.
- In the News: Harry Reid: Shame on GOP senators threatening to block gun bill - The Senate launched formal debate of legislation to curb gun violence Monday, with Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) dismissing a threatened Republican filibuster as shameful and against the will of a majority of Americans.
- In the News: Gun legislation’s prospects improve - Prospects for a bipartisan deal to expand federal background checks for gun purchases are improving with the emergence of fresh Republican support, according to top Senate aides.
- In the News: Conn. Gov. Dan Malloy: NRA's LaPierre like 'clowns at the circus' - Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy (D) on Sunday compared National Rifle Association head Wayne LaPierre to "clowns at the circus." - "Wayne reminds me of the clowns at the circus. They get the most attention, and that's what he's paid to do," said Malloy on CNN's "State of The Union."
- In the News: Trapped in a Mass Shooting? Act, Live
- In the News: 16 Frightening NRA Police State 'Solutions' That Will Turn Our Schools into Gun-Crazy Nightmares - The NRA wants to make every student and school employee a suspect, and arm security officers with legal authority to shoot back.
- IN the News: D.C. students use photography to protest school security - They say that their learning environment has been scarred by relentless security. They say their high schools, among an estimated 10,000 nationwide with police on campus, feel like prisons.
- In the News: UN Adopts Landmark Arms Treaty - General Assembly passes first-ever pact by 154 votes to three, with 23 abstentions, to regulate global arms trade. The 193-nation UN General Assembly has overwhelmingly approved the first-ever treaty on global arms trade that seeks to regulate the $70bn international trade in conventional arms.
- In the News: The NRA’s disarming plan to arm schools
- In the News: CONNECTICUT LAWMAKERS PASS SWEEPING GUN MEASURE - Gun legislation that advocacy groups call the strongest and most comprehensive to be taken up across the nation moved closer to passage early Thursday as the Connecticut House approved the tough gun measure.
- In the News: Connecticut Gun Control Deal Includes School Security Changes
- In the News: EJ Dionne: Will the GOP block background checks? - Is Congress on the verge of turning away from the lessons of the slaughter in Newtown even as Connecticut enacts sweeping laws to curb gun violence? Is the gun lobby hellbent on aligning our country with such great friends of liberty as Iran, North Korea and Syria by opposing efforts to condition international gun sales on the human rights records of buyers?
- In the News: Maryland House passes strict gun-control measure crafted after Newtown massacre - The Maryland House of Delegates passed what would be among the nation’s most restrictive gun-control measures Wednesday, voting to ratchet up the state’s already tough rules by requiring fingerprinting of gun buyers, new limits on firearm purchases by the mentally ill, and bans on assault weapons and on magazines that hold more than 10 bullets.
- In the News: Connecticut Lawmakers Reach Deal on Tough Gun Law - "Democrats and Republicans were able to come to an agreement on a strong, comprehensive bill. That is a message that should resound in 49 other states and in Washington, D.C. And the message is: We can get it done here and they should get it done in their respective states and nationally in Congress."
- In the News: Marian Wright Edelman: What the NRA Doesn’t Want You to Know
- In the News: Under the gun - A ban on advocacy and promotion of gun control is keeping US agencies from conducting research that is sorely needed to inform policy on firearms and prevent shootings.
- In the News: Mayors Plan National Day of Action To Push Congress On Gun Control - More than 100 events are planned for Thursday following last week's multimillion-dollar ad buy.
- In the News: Schneiderman: SAFE Act Was Rushed, But Legal
- In the News: Cuomo’s Strongest Push Back Yet To Gun Groups
- In the News: Budget suspends 7-bullet limit - Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s seven-round limit on magazines sold in New York will be suspended “indefinitely” by a measure in his $136.5 billion budget set to be passed this week, said Dean Skelos, a State Senate majority leader, said.
- In the News: NY Rallies for Gun Control Legislation: 'History Cannot Reflect That We Allowed Sandy Hook to Happen and Did Nothing'
- Pentagon Close to Finalizing New Regulations for Handling Sexual Assault - On Friday, the federal government announced it had completed its review of new Defense Department regulations for preventing and responding to sexual assault cases in the military. The new provisions, which are still being finalized, include the creation of a Sexual Assault Advisory Council at the Defense Department to oversee enforcement, guidelines clarifying reporting responsibilities, and an option allowing victims to report crimes confidentially.
- In the News: NRA SUES OVER NEW YORK GUN CONTROL - The National Rifle Association's New York state affiliate filed a federal lawsuit Thursday in Buffalo contesting the constitutionality of the SAFE Act,
the sweeping gun-control bill Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law in January, the group announced in a press release.
- In the News: Very Little Changes As Gun Lobby Once Again Thwarts Feinstein on Assault Weapons
- AAUW in the News: Military Sexual Assault Hearings Begin
- In the News: Feinstein Angry As Senate Drops Assault Weapons Ban From Bill - "Senator Dianne Feinstein, the California Democrat who 35 years ago discovered the bullet-riddled body of the gay activist Harvey Milk, reacted with anger on Tuesday that gun control legislation the Senate is to consider next month will not include the reinstatement of an assault weapons ban, a measure she had fought desperately to keep."
- In the News: In Some States, Gun Rights Trump Orders of Protection
- In the News: Moms Rally For Gun Control In Virginia - MomsRising.org rallied in front of the National Rifle Association in Virginia for stricter gun control on Thursday. The NRA had the police escort MomsRising.org mothers, children, and families off the premises.
- In the News: AG, gun show operators reach deal on system for background checks
- In the News: Background Checks, School Security Bills Advance in U.S. Senate
- In the News: NRA money helped reshape gun law
- In the News: After Newtown, video game industry starts education campaign
- In the News: Siena Poll finds 61% of New Yorkers support the SAFE Act
- In the News: NRA Steps Up CT Lobbying Effort; ‘Thousands’ Hit Capitol To Oppose Gun Control
- In the News: MAINE TOWN SHOOTS DOWN REQUIREMENT FOR GUN IN EVERY HOUSEHOLD - Voters in Byron, Maine, have unanimously rejected a proposed law that would have required each household in the 140-person town to own a firearm and ammunition.
- In the News: Gun "Background Check" on Pentagon
- In the News: Marian Wright Edelman - An All-American Crisis - The total of 31,328 people of all ages who died from guns in 2010 included 20,427 Whites, 7,291 Blacks, 2,943 Latinos, 378 Asian-Americans, and 289 American Indians and Alaska Natives.
- In the News: The Gun Industry's Deadly Addiction - "For gunmakers, the political fight over assault rifles and high-capacity pistols is about more than just profits - it's about the militarization of the marketplace."
- In the News: Partial victory for Democratic gun bills in Colorado
- In the News: Senate panel approves gun-trafficking bill - The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved a bill that would make it a federal crime to purchase firearms for someone else. The anti-gun-trafficking bill is one of the first pieces of legislation formally introduced in Congress to limit gun violence in the wake of the mass shooting in Newtown, CT last year.
- Vice President Biden Takes On Teen Dating Violence
- In the News: Gun Ownership In America Maps
- In the News: Antigovernment ‘Patriot’ Movement Expands for the Fourth Year in a Row
- In the News: To Stop Violence, Men Must Come Off the Sidelines
- In the News: Guns and School Safety Survey Results
- In the News: Stewart-Cousins, NYS lawmakers seek to replenish anti-violence program's funds
- In the News: GEORGIA TOWN MULLS MANDATORY GUN OWNERSHIP
- In the News: Limiting Access to Alcohol Reduces Violence, Experts Say
- In the News: People With Mental Illness at Highly Increased Risk of Being Murder Victims, Study Suggests
- In the News: Missing Piece of Gun Control Debate: America's Monster - The NRA’s unfounded fearmongering about constitutional rights are a distraction from human rights.
- In the News: The NRA's War on America
- In the News: Criminals, Predators and the Mentally Unbalanced Can Easily Buy Guns at Gun Shows
- In the News: STUDY LINKS GUN LAWS AND LOWER GUN MORTALITY
- In the News: Bipartisan bill would punish gun trafficking
- In the News: Risk of gun violence gets hidden
- In the News: What Researchers Learned About Gun Violence Before Congress Killed Funding
- In the News: New Video Released Demonstrates Broad Support For NY SAFE ACT
- In the News: Changing Minds After Newtown
- In the News: 1 in 5 Americans Knows a Victim of Gun Violence: Poll
- In the News:St. Lawrence County 48th of 62 counties in state to pass or have pending legislation opposing SAFE Act gun control law
- In the News:Gun control battle heats up in New York
- In the News: Rape on the Reservation
- In the News: Shaping a Gun Reform Agenda That Includes Teenagers and Handguns
- In the News: Bullet overkill - Semiautomatic assault weapons are primarily versions of guns created for soldiers in war zones and have no place in civilian hands. The high-capacity ammunition magazine is functionally the most important feature of semiautomatic assault weapons, including some assault pistols, allowing a shooter to rapidly fire up to 30 times without reloading.
- In the News: Gov. Cuomo's gun-reform bill to have new ammo behind it, as activists from several groups, celebs like Ed Norton, Russell Simmons, forming coalition supporting law
- In the News: Most Mass Shootings Target Women and Families; Study Finds Men With Legal Guns Are to Blame - Data suggests that a gun present in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of homicide for women by 500 percent.
- In the News: Violent, Drunk and Holding a Gun
- In the News: Could Taxing Violent Video Games Actually Save Lives?
- In the News: House Republicans Strip Protections From LGBT Victims in New VAWA
Federal Government Orders New Policies on Workplace Violence
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued a memo mandating that federal agencies draft more comprehensive policies for addressing domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking in the workplaces. The memo requires agencies to submit plans within four months and to issue final policies by 2014. OPM will host a series of webinars to guide agencies in updating their policies.
AAUW advocates for freedom from violence and fear of violence in homes, schools, workplaces, and communities.
- from AAUW's Washington Update for February 15, 2013.
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Violence Against Women Act Passed by the Senate
The Senate voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, showing bipartisan support for a measure that would reinstate domestic violence prevention programs and extend the law’s protections to gays and lesbians and women on tribal reservations. The bill also included campus safety provisions and a human trafficking bill was added as an amendment. The 78-to-22 vote puts pressure on the House to act to renew the 18-year-old measure, which Congress has twice reauthorized but which lapsed in 2011.
AAUW is a strong supporter of the bipartisan VAWA reauthorization bill passed by the Senate. VAWA will now move to the House, which has not announced when it will vote on the bill. Take action and urge your representative to support an inclusive VAWA reauthorization!
- from AAUW's Washington Update for February 15, 2013.
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AAUW Executive Director Publishes Op-Ed on School Climate, Gun Violence
AAUW Executive Director Linda Hallman, CAE, published a Huffington Post op-ed today urging lawmakers to address bullying, harassment, and school climate as part of their efforts to reduce gun violence in the wake of recent school shootings. AAUW's member-adopted Biennial Action Priorities support “freedom from violence and fear of violence in homes, schools, workplaces, and communities.” AAUW members advocate for equitable school climates that are free of harassment, bullying, and discrimination because every student deserves a safe place to learn.
- from AAUW's Washington Update for February 1, 2013.
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Senators Reintroduce Bipartisan VAWA Reauthorization
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID) reintroduced the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization on Tuesday. This is essentially the same bipartisan bill that the Senate passed in April 2012 to improve VAWA programs and ensure all victims get the services they need. Because the House didn't pass this version of VAWA before the end of 2012, the process needed to start over in the 113th Congress.
AAUW has long supported “freedom from violence and fear of violence in homes, schools, workplaces, and communities.” Since its enactment in 1994, VAWA has saved lives and saved money. AAUW is a strong supporter of the bipartisan VAWA reauthorization bill introduced in the Senate, particularly because it includes campus safety provisions which will ensure that institutions of higher education have comprehensive procedures in place to address domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Take action now: Urge your senators to co-sponsor VAWA and move this bill forward!
- from AAUW's Washington Update for January 25, 2013.
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