The story as reported by the Associated Press contains what I find to be a strange attitude on the part of the authorities.
HOLDEN, La. – A man shot his estranged wife, son and 2-year-old grandson to death and seriously wounded his pregnant daughter-in-law at their rural Louisiana home, then killed himself as police tried to pull over his car 20 minutes later, authorities said.
The pregnant woman later gave birth, about three months early, her father said.
The shootings late Saturday appeared to stem from an ongoing dispute between 50-year-old Dennis Carter Sr. and his wife, Donna Carter, who had a restraining order against him, Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office Chief of Operations Perry Rushing said Sunday.
"It's very unusual to have this many victims," (Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office Chief of Operations Perry) Rushing said. "This is an anomaly by any stretch of the imagination."
"We won't ever know what happened inside that house," he said.
I thought the forensics investigators could piece it together from what's left. Maybe it's not important.
What is important is the fact that once again we have an angry man with a gun, killing his entire family, or at least most of them. We discussed this before in a post entitled Guns and Women. That's the one in which I tried to support my statement "guns are bad news for women." The support came in the form of statistics showing the shocking difference between high-gun states and low-gun states of men killing women with guns. The source of those stats was CDC WISQARS 2003, but of course the usual commenters couldn't accept that and continued to accuse me of not backing up my statements and not providing legitimate statistics. One person actually dared me to say these things to the very popular female gun bloggers, Roberta X, Tamara K, and Breda.
Well, to them and to everyone else, I say guns are bad news for women. Those three great bloggers are the exceptions to the rule. The rule is, in America, too many women are at the mercy of too many men with guns.
What's your opinion? Do you think the extremely easy access to guns in Louisiana may have been a factor in this case? Dennis Carter Sr. was clearly a prohibited person. Shouldn't we make it harder for such a person to get his hands on a gun?
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