Texas Democratic Party

12/10/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/10/2019 16:27

ICYMI: Houston Police Chief Calls Out Senators John Cornyn, Ted Cruz, and Mitch McConnell For their Cowardly Refusal to Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act

Cornyn and Cruz Defend the NRA Over Women Being Killed

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Austin, TX - In the wake of yet another preventable tragedy, a Houston police sergeant's death by a violent domestic abuser during a police call, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo called out Texas Republican Senators John Cornyn, Ted Cruz, and their leader Mitch McConnell for their cowardly failure to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.

Senators Cornyn, Cruz, and McConnell refuse to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act because of the legislation ends the so-called 'boyfriend loophole' - a provision that allows convicted domestic abusers to possess firearms. The NRA opposes getting rid of the 'boyfriend loophole.'

This isn't the first timeCornyn has come under criticism for his failure to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. The biggest coward in Congress, John Cornyn refuses to take a stand against the NRA in any circumstances, even when women's lives are on the line.

More from the Washington Post:

  • 'Standing outside the medical examiner's office Monday, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo waited to escort the body of a fallen police sergeant to a funeral home. Just two days earlier, Sgt. Christopher Brewster was killed in the line of dutywhile responding to a domestic violence call.
  • 'But to Acevedo, the fatal incident could have been prevented if the suspect who police say pulled the trigger, Arturo Solis, never had access to a gun in the first place.'
  • 'In blistering remarks to reporters outside the medical examiner's office, Acevedo slammed Republican leaders for failing for months to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, specifically calling out Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Republican Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn of Texas for not supporting a provision that would prohibit dating partners convicted of domestic violence from possessing firearms - like Solis.'
    • 'Acevedo accused McConnell, Cruz and Cornyn of being too afraid to support the provision because of retribution from the National Rifle Association.'
  • ''We all know in law enforcement that one of the biggest reasons that the Senate and Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn and Ted Cruz are not … getting the Violence Against Women Act [reauthorized] is because the NRA doesn't like the fact that we want to take firearms out of the hands of boyfriends who abuse their girlfriends,' Acevedo said Monday.'

Texas Democratic Party Spokesperson Brittany Switzer issued the following statement:'It's downright disgusting that John Cornyn's loyalty to the gun lobby comes before protecting the women who need added safety the most. Every day, women's lives are lost because of domestic abusers who should not have access to guns yet are able to get their hands on them. Cornyn and McConnell have let the Violence Against Women Act die multiple times. Texans deserve a Senator who stands up to the NRA and the gun lobby, not one who continues to let women be murdered because they are too much of a coward to stand up for what's right.'

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More information about Domestic Violence in the United States (via the National Coalition Against Domestic Abuse)

  • There have been 590 gun-related domestic violence fatalities this year.
  • On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.
  • 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men experience severe intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner contact sexual violence, and/or intimate partner stalking with impacts such as injury, fearfulness, post-traumatic stress disorder, use of victim services, contraction of sexually transmitted diseases, etc.
    • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. This includes a range of behaviors (e.g. slapping, shoving, pushing) and in some cases might not be considered 'domestic violence.'
    • 1 in 7 women and 1 in 25 men have been injured by an intimate partner.
    • 1 in 10 women have been raped by an intimate partner. Data is unavailable on male victims.
  • 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe physical violence (e.g. beating, burning, strangling) by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
  • 1 in 7 women and 1 in 18 men have been stalked by an intimate partner during their lifetime to the point in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed.
  • On a typical day, there are more than 20,000 phone calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide.
  • The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of homicide by 500%.
  • Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime.
  • Women between the ages of 18-24 are most commonly abused by an intimate partner.
  • 19% of domestic violence involves a weapon.
  • Domestic victimization is correlated with a higher rate of depression and suicidal behavior.
  • Only 34% of people who are injured by intimate partners receive medical care for their injuries.