Message from Lisette Johnson:
10 years ago, my husband shot me four times and tried to kill me. As I ran from the house he shot me one final time before fatally shooting himself. My 12-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son were also in the house. Decades of control and verbal abuse culminated in that moment. His abusive behavior escalated when I told him I wanted to leave. His threats to kill me became real because he had access to a gun. He was a risk to me, to our children, and to himself. My family desperately needed a Red Flag law to keep us safe.
A Red Flag law is near and dear to me because it could have prevented what hapened to me and my kids. It’s too late to change what happened, but it’s not too late for the millions of other Americans who are at risk of gun violence every day:
The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on Red Flag laws on March 26. With a quick few-minute phone call, you can voice your support for a Red Flag law on the federal level that will help protect us ALL from gun violence.
After the shooting, I was in critical condition for almost 24 hours, and was in the surgical trauma intensive care unit for nearly two weeks. Through this experience, and through my recovery, I understood how deadly the relationship between violence against women and access to guns can be. Through my advocacy work to protect survivors of domestic violence, I learned that 4.5 million American women alive today have been threatened with a gun by an intimate partner. And by working with these survivors and our elected officials, I believe a Red Flag law could help keep them safe from their abusers. I’m calling on you to help in this fight by calling your senators right now, and urging them to support a Red Flag law on the federal level.
Thank you for standing with me.
Everytown Survivor Network Member
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, available 24/7, for confidential assistance from a trained advocate.
If you or a loved one has been personally impacted by gun violence (including having witnessed an act of gun violence, been threatened by a gun, wounded by a gun, or had someone they loved wounded or killed by a gun, unintentional shooting incidents, suicide by gun, and domestic violence involving a firearm), be sure to learn more about our Survivor Network, where we support and empower survivors to share their stories, honor the lives of their loved ones, and take action to spare other families from this pain.
Red Flag laws can save lives by preventing gun tragedies before they happen. Lisette’s story demonstrates why we need a Red Flag law on the federal level. Red Flag laws empower family members and law enforcement officers to petition a court to temporarily restrict a person’s access to guns when they pose a risk of using them to harm themselves or others. Simply put, they’re an evidence-based solution that works.
Thanks for doing your part to support Red Flag laws.
Everytown for Gun Safety