A Staten Island man called 911 Thursday morning and calmly admitted to fatally shooting his wife and their cat - moments before he turned the gun on himself, police sources said.
"I shot my wife," John Pizon, 52, told the 911 operator just before 10 a.m., claiming that the shooting was inadvertent.
"Yeah, it was an accident," said Pizon, "and I shot the cats too."
Pizon then assured the 911 operator he would leave the front door of their Bulls Head home open for emergency responders - but when police arrived moments later, they found him sprawled on the floor, dead of a gunshot wound to the head.
Karan Pizon, who was shot once in the back of the head, was rushed to Staten Island University Hospital North but died an hour later.
I guess you could safely say John Pizon was one of the famous 10%, wouldn't you think? He probably qualifies under several categories, as some of the commenters have pointed out.
He also illustrates another factor, which is only partly covered by my controversial theory. When you consider the suicides and add them to the murders committed by folks who were law-abiding gun owners until the moment they pulled the trigger, you realize criminals aren't our only concern. In fact the majority of gun problems is caused by law-abiding gun owners.
Investigators believe the couple was arguing over some recent financial struggles when John Pizon, a gun collector, reached for a .22-caliber pistol and opened fire.
After gunning down his wife, he also fatally shot Midnight, the couple's black cat. They owned two other cats.
A police source said Pizon had a license for the handgun but it was not immediately clear why he was permitted to have the weapon.
Neither Pizon had a criminal record and investigators had never before been called to their rented Goller Pl. apartment on a domestic dispute, police sources said.
What's your opinion? Is it any wonder that people get nervous and concerned at the sight of guns, regardless of who's carrying them? Would you say that in cases like this guns are bad news for women like Mrs. Pizon?
Often people ask, well what do you want to do about this, New York already has some of the strictest gun laws in the land. My answer is, I'm not sure what to do about it, but the first step is admitting there's a problem. As long as pro-gun folks insist the problem doesn't exist or that its scope is insignificantly small, serious discussion about the solution is impossible.
What's your opinion?