A Deadly Trifecta: The NRA, Gun Laws and Domestic Violence

Most women who die in gun homicides in the U.S. are killed either by their intimate partners or by other family members.

America, just like the rest of the world, has a serious domestic violence problem. Of all the women murdered in the country, about one-third are killed by an intimate partner.

However, one fact about this whole situation people generally miss is that this particular issue is primarily a problem of gun violence. Over the past 25 years, more homicides of this nature have been committed with guns than with all other weapons combined. In fact, every 16 hours or so, an ex or an intimate partner guns down a woman.

The dangerous relationship between nonsensical gun laws and domestic violence is rarely explored. However, a filmmaker is bringing this issue to light with the documentary “Making A Killing: Guns, Greed & the NRA.”

“The NRA is a lobbyist for the gun companies, and there's a significant profit motive at stake,” said movie director Robert Greenwald. “All of us are in greater physical danger because of this.”

The film not only highlights how the National Rifle Association — and the firearm industry in general  make money by opposing gun reforms and putting people's lives in danger, but also pivots around five stories of gun violence, which include mass shootings, unintentional shootings, suicides, the impact of gun trafficking and domestic violence shootings.

“Brave New Films is taking on the National Rifle Association and the gun manufacturers, the most feared special interest group in the USA,” the film company’s official website reads. “Their reluctance to allow for safe gun policies has helped create a $6 billion a year industry and leaves 80 Americans dead from guns daily. For too long the debate on guns has focused on the rights of corporate partners funding the NRA over the rights of everyone else to feel and be safe in their communities. We will not be bullied like our legislators.”

Watch the trailer for the documentary in the video above.

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