Chief Harteau joins Gabby Giffords' effort to protect women from gun violence


Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau was the only law enforcement executive invited to the Wednesday launch of a new bipartisan group that wants to make gun violence a woman's issue.

The group, called the Women's Coalition for Common Sense, was started by former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, the Democrat from Arizona who survived being shot in the head at a 2011 campaign event in Arizona.

“Guns and domestic violence are a deadly mix,” Giffords said at the event she convened in Washington, D.C., according to WCCO. “We don’t agree about everything, but we can agree on this: Dangerous people with guns are a threat to women."

The Hill reports Giffords convened "an eclectic mix of female policymakers, law enforcers, educators, activists and Hollywood stars" to highlight the gun threat facing women and to promote policy changes that could reduce the lethal violence.

The group includes former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman (R), former GOP Rep. Connie Morella (Md.), Neera Tanden, head of the Center for American Progress, and the actress Alyssa Milano.

The campaign calls for tougher laws to keep guns out of the hands of potentially dangerous people, including convicted stalkers and domestic abusers.

"When is the last time you saw you a woman shoot up a school?" Harteau said, according to The Hill. "You don't. ... The reality is women are brought up differently. We're losing both sexes, because our men are going to prison and our women and children are dying."

The Hill notes that the proposed reforms have "no chance of moving through a Congress controlled by Republicans who are near-universal in their opposition to new restrictions on firearms."

There was international interest in the event. The Japan Times sent a reporter to cover it, as did the French publication La Croix.

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