Tuesday, May 25, 2010

New Jersey Woman Kills Husband

NorthJersey.com reports on another domestic murder in which the woman kills the man.

Amalia Mirasola, 44, was charged Sunday with homicide and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose in the shooting of her husband, according to a statement from the Morris County Prosecutor's Office. Amalia Mirasola, who suffers from multiple sclerosis and is confined to a wheelchair due to recent surgery, was being held Sunday in the Morris County Correctional Facility on $1 million cash bail.

Carl Mirasola was shot multiple times in the couple's home about 8 a.m. Saturday, while their three children — a 13-year-old girl and twin 7-year-old boys — were inside, authorities said.

The story gets a bit curious. I realize New Jersey has lots of gun laws, but does this mean if you own a gun legally, but use if unlawfully, you get charged with "possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose?"

Amalia Mirasola possessed a registered firearm, according to her attorney, Robert Stack.

As to motive, we have the following.

Stack said Amalia Mirasola hired him in April to initiate divorce proceedings.

Stack said Carl Mirasola had a "verbal altercation" with his wife Friday night because she had started to assert her independence by creating a personal bank account.

Overbearing and controlling husbands, even ones who abuse their wives in other ways, don't deserve to be murdered. They deserve to be left.

What else can we glean from this story? Could we say the laws about acquiring guns in New Jersey are too lax? A husband who doesn't allow his wife to open her own bank account probably wouldn't allow her to register and buy a gun either, don't you think? She must have been able to do that without his knowledge.

Maybe that's a restriction they haven't thought of in the Garden State. One member of the household cannot own a gun without the knowledge and agreement of the others. That's just common sense.

What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.

1 comment:

  1. "One member of the household cannot own a gun without the knowledge and agreement of the others."

    That's a good way to protect abusive spouses. Imagine the scenario: Wife and husband get in a fight and split up. Wife gets restraining order because the husband is threatening to kill her. Wife goes to buy a gun and is turned down because her abusive husband won't give her permission. Next day, husband kills wife.

    Man, is there any gun control scheme that isn't racist, classist, or sexist?