There's certainly nothing new there. Here's the informative part.
Years ago, I applied for a firearms purchaser's permit for a column comparing gun laws in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
In the Garden State, where I live, officials take the right to bear arms so seriously a detective knocked on the door to ask my husband if he knew and approved of my plans.
I blanched at the implication, but came around after the president of the National Organization for Women told me spousal-notification laws help abuse victims muster the strength to flee.
The Keystone State has no such provision, because in Pennsylvania guns are a way of life. And death.
In 2006, 50 of the 92 Pennsylvanians who were killed in domestic violence were shot. Last summer, 50 people across the state (victims and their abusers who then committed suicide) were killed in bursts of domestic violence; unsurprisingly, more than half were felled by a bullet.
Can anyone claim that gun laws don't save lives after reading that? I don't think so, at least not in good faith. Please explain if you disagree.
What's your opinion about writing about Meleanie Hain? Is it only acceptable to use her name if what we're saying is pro-gun? Isn't it possible to respectfully comment on her final experience as it pertains to the gun debate without being accused of "dancing in her blood" and all the rest? I think so. And I think Ms. Yant Kinney has done just that.
What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.