Protect victims of domestic violence

To the editor:

The Republican Party of Shawano should be commended for its efforts to raise funds for Safe Haven, the local domestic violence shelter. Safe Haven deserves the support of the community, especially as it expands its facility to meet the needs of families seeking protection and services.

The Republican fundraising event was held at the Shawano Gun Club, which provided an excellent opportunity to draw attention to the connection between guns and domestic violence. Domestic violence affects millions of women across the country, and guns in the hands of domestic abusers can turn abuse into murder.

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports that the presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation makes it five times more likely that the victim of domestic violence will be killed. The deadly mix of guns and domestic violence results in women in the U.S. being 16 times more likely to be shot and killed than women in other developed nations. Wisconsin needs stronger laws that keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers by requiring background checks for all gun sales and ensuring that prohibited abusers relinquish guns in their possession.

Hats off to the Republican Party for raising funds to help those who serve families experiencing the horror of domestic violence. These funds are needed in our community, but even more importantly, we need political leaders who will introduce and pass laws that will reduce gun violence and in turn reduce the number of tragic deaths due to domestic violence.

—Laura Robinson, Shawano