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Dr. Campbell, representing the American Academy of Nursing, testified on Women & Gun Violence in front of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee

Jackie Campbell, PhD, RN, FAAN, testified in front of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, asking Congress to strengthen laws to keep domestic abusers from getting guns. As part of the Everytown for Gun Safety effort and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar’s Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act, Campbell cited her domestic violence research showing the glaring loopholes in the Violence Against Women Act that allow domestic abusers and stalkers to buy guns. “Women who suffer abuse are among the most important for society to protect,” she said. With statistics and research like “45% of the murders of women were committed by a current husband or boyfriend or ex-husband” and “the majority of this violence is perpetrated with firearms,” Campbell said that strengthening the gun laws for domestic abusers will help save women’s lives.