Troy Ryan Bellar, 34, used a high-powered rifle with a scope to shoot his 31-year-old wife, Wendy, when she tried to leave their home, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.
Two of the couple's children -- 5-month-old Zack and 7-year-old Ryan -- also were killed, but a 13-year-old got away, with the father chasing and firing after him, officials said.
What is it with these guys who decide to kill the whole family? I can't understand it. And there are so many of them - imagine the ones that don't make the national news.
This case had a bizarre twist. The eldest son, a 13-year-old, got away, in spite of the fact that dear old dad was chasing him and firing at him. In the end, Bellar turned the rifle on himself.
Not surprisingly, Mr. Bellar had a history of violence and alcohol problems. But in another strange twist, Mrs. Bellar had herself been arrested for battery domestic violence just a couple months ago.
I realize no member of a family like this could get a gun permit, but are they still allowed to have "high-powered" rifles in the house? Are they allowed to own shotguns for personal protection? Or is this another example of law-breaking people who have nothing at all to do with the legitimate gun culture?
I think it's wrong for the lawful gun owning public to disown people like this. It seems like pro-gun folks want to draw an imaginary line beyond which are all the criminals and irresponsible gun owners and this side of which is everybody else. It doesn't seem right to me to separate one group from the other especially since in many cases the line is not so clear.
What do you think? Is Troy Bellar another example of a one-time legitimate gun owner gone bad? What does it sound like to you? If he hadn't had a gun in the house, do you think this tragedy might have been avoided?