Top Democratic presidential candidates have slammed the National Rifle Association over its reported bid to block a measure seeking to renew and expand the Violence Against Women Act. The gun lobby announced plans to lower grades for politicians who vote in favor of the legislation, which includes a measure to keep firearms out of the hands of abusers, according to reports.
Earlier this week, the National Journal reported that the NRA was planning to issue a “key vote” alert against the Violence Against Women Act, warning members of Congress that their vote on the legislation would be scored by the gun lobby and reflected in their NRA rating. The warning came after a bill to reauthorize and expand the act was introduced in the House on March 7.
50 women are shot to death by their partners every month in America. We have to face the fact that there is a deadly connection between violence against women and guns in America. Leaders who put NRA blood money over women’s lives shouldn’t be anywhere near our laws. https://t.co/u6YRDJVM6i
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) March 27, 2019
It’s unbelievable. The NRA is trying to block the Violence Against Women Act, which helps survivors of domestic and sexual assault, because part of the bill would seek to keep guns out of the hands of abusers.
Congress must stand up to the gun lobby. Lives are at stake.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) March 27, 2019