Monday, Jan. 28, 2013 | 2 a.m.
It is timely that the Violence Against Women Act was reintroduced into Congress the same week that Nevada Assembly Speaker-elect Marilyn Kirkpatrick was reportedly threatened. According to the Violence Policy Center, Nevada has the dubious honor of ranking first in the nation for the past three years in the rate of women killed by men.
Most women are not killed in relation to another felony crime, and firearms are the most common weapon used by men to murder women. Hostile gun displays are even more common. It is unconscionable that women and girls continue to be threatened, harmed and killed by men with guns. Aside from loss of life and the pain and suffering of victims and their families, violent threats and intimidation seek to silence women’s voices in the home and in the public sphere.
Nevada women serving their communities in public office deserve to have their voices heard, not be threatened by disgruntled, armed men. In support of Kirkpatrick, women in Nevada — and the men who love them — should send a loud message to their representatives to support the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.