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Quigley Introduces Legislation to Study Connection Between Domestic Violence and Mass Shootings

Jun 13, 2019
Press Release

Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) introduced legislation to require the Attorney General to conduct a study on the possible connection between domestic violence and mass shootings incidents of gun violence. Independent data has suggested that domestic violence is frequently a predictor of future violent behavior, including gun violence. Quigley’s legislation would mandate a federal, public study exploring if domestic violence is a reliable indicator for mass shootings. Following the completion of the study, the Attorney General would provide a report to Congress.

“Incidents of domestic violence have been found in the histories of perpetrators of mass shootings time and time again. We owe it to the victims of mass shootings – and to the women and men who have survived domestic violence – to thoroughly examine any link between domestic violence and mass shootings,” said Quigley. “While House Democrats continue the fight for common sense gun legislation, we must also look at other possible avenues to prevent future gun violence. The results of this study could help prevent these crimes, guide Congress’s legislative agenda, and save lives.”

The perpetrators of the mass shootings in Sutherland Springs, Orlando, Mercy Hospital, and the Congressional Baseball Game practice all had prior histories of domestic violence. A study on the possible link between a history of domestic violence and mass shootings could highlight the early signs of violent behavior and help prevent individuals from carrying out these attacks in the future.

This legislation has 26 co-sponsors and has been endorsed by Everytown for Gun Safety, Moms Demand Action, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Violence Policy Center, and Futures Without Violence.

“We know there is a deadly connection between guns and domestic violence, with 52 American women being shot to death by an intimate partner every month — and it's increasingly clear there is also a strong connection between domestic violence and mass shootings," said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety. "We applaud Rep. Quigley for taking action to research any links between domestic violence and mass shootings, which are two of the most urgent crises facing our nation.”

Additionally, this bill is similar to report language that was passed out of the House Appropriations Committee, through the FY2020 Criminal, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill that can be found here.