Samantha Bee Examines the “Boyfriend Loophole” and the Connection Between Mass Shooters and Domestic Violence

Here’s a clip from last night’s Full Frontal, where Samantha Bee explores the confirmed and extremely unsurprising connection between mass shooters and domestic violence. “Mass shooters come in all male shapes and all male sizes, but most of them rehearse for it the same way,” Bee says, later showing a clip about the study that found mass shooters tend to be the kind of men who are “rankled by women who speak out” and want to control women. “This study brought to you by the Institute for Men Confirming Things That Women Have Known Since the Beginning of Fucking Time,” Bee adds. But as Bee points out, there’s a big loophole – called “the boyfriend loophole” – in legislation that attempts to get guns out of the hands of domestic abusers. “Look, even if you don’t give a shit about domestic violence, abused women are the canary in the coal mine for mass shootings. If you take guns from abusers, you might even be able to save more important non-female lives,” Bee says. “And the law shouldn’t care if the person holding a gun is married, because the gun definitely doesn’t.”

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