James "Jim" Martin was sentenced to 25 years in 2012 for trying to kill his ex-wife, professional boxer Christy Martin.
According to prosecutors, James stabbed Christy repeatedly and shot her at point-blank range.
However, she was able to flee their home and flag down a driver, who took her to a hospital, reported the Orlando Sentinel.
“Having a gun isn’t enough,” Christy told ThinkProgress.org. “Women who fear for their life don’t need a gun, they need to go to their local police department, they need to go a family member, they need to go to the domestic violence shelter in their area where they have some type of protection.”
“I was shot with my own gun," added Christy. "Just putting a weapon in the woman’s hand is not going to reduce the number of fatalities or gunshot victims that we have. Too many times, their male counterpart or spouse will be able to overpower them and take that gun away.”
According to a study by Mayors Against Illegal Guns:
Women in the United States are eleven times more likely to be murdered with
guns than women in other high-income countries.
Over the past 25 years, more intimate partner homicides in the U.S. have been
committed with guns than with all other weapons combined.
The presence of a gun in domestic violence situations increases the risk of
homicide for women by 500 percent.
Sources: KCTV5.com, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Orlando Sentinel, ThinkProgress.org, NRAILA.org