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10/19/2015 03:57 pm ET Updated Dec 19, 2016

Gabby Giffords: 'Too Many Women Are Dying From Gun Violence'

This is why gun violence is a women's issue.

Gabby Giffords just explained why gun control is undoubtedly a women's issue. 

On Oct. 14, the former congresswoman hosted a "Domestic Violence Awareness Summit" in Washington, D.C. The day-long event was part of her recent initiative to fight gun violence against women and families called "The Women’s Coalition for Common Sense."

During the summit, Giffords explained why gun control is most definitely a women's issue. “We have a problem in our country. Too many women are dying from gun violence," Giffords said in her speech in the video above. "Guns and domestic violence are a deadly mix."

As a survivor of a 2011 shooting in Tucson, Arizona, Gabby Giffords knows all too well the horrifying consequences of gun violence.

“We don’t agree about everything, but we can agree on this: Dangerous people with guns are a threat to women. Criminals with guns. Abusers with guns. Stalkers with guns. That makes gun violence a women’s issue. For mothers, for families, for me and you," Giffords said. 

As she has reiterated time and time again, over the past year and a half, guns need to be kept out of the hands of domestic abusers. 

According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, American women are around 11 times more likely to be killed by a gun than women in other developed countries. Other statistics from the NDVH show that when a gun is present in a situation of domestic violence, the chances of a woman being murdered increases by 500 percent.

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