New ad sheds light on domestic violence, gun control

INDIANAPOLIS - Experts estimate that 39 percent of women who are murdered are killed by an intimate partner. A group with Indiana ties was placing domestic violence at the center of the gun debate.

Everytown for Gun Safety, in partnership with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, rolled out a new ad Tuesday that delivers a message about domestic violence and gun control.

Watch the full ad in the embedded video below.

"It's a very emotionally triggering ad, which I think is the purpose of the promoter of the ad," said Julia Kathary, executive director of Coburn Place Safe Haven.

Moms Demand Action founder and Zionsville mom Shannon Watts said women in the U.S. are 11 times more likely to be killed with guns than in any other developed country. She believes the gaps in our laws leave women at risk.

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"It's a very heated and emotional debate about gun control so we don't want to lose the issue of domestic violence within that heated emotional debate," Kathary said.

The ad calls out three U.S. senators who represent Nevada, Arizona and New Hampshire and asks them to consider laws to keep domestic abusers from having access to guns.

Kathary said the big issue is keeping abusers from gaining access to their victims.

"Domestic violence victims, there are a number of them that are killed with guns and there are a number that are strangled, stabbed, murdered with weapons of convenience," Kathary said.

Survivors and advocates will testify Wednesday at a Senate hearing on the bill that would keep people convicted of domestic violence and stalking from buying a gun.

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