from KSAX, the local Alexandria MN area television news station: Police: Man Kills Wife, Self in Park Rapids Police in north central Minnesota say a man killed himself after fatally shooting his wife, who had a restraining order against him. Park Rapids police say Dawn Anderson called 911 Tuesday night and said her husband, Greg Duane Anderson, was threatening to kill her. Chief Terry Eilers says dispatchers could hear some loud noise in the background, then the phone went dead. One of the couple's two sons also called for help and told authorities his father had a high-powered hunting rifle. Eilers says when officers arrived at the home they found the couple on the deck outside, both were unresponsive. KSAX reports Greg Anderson had been living at a halfway house in the Moorhead area.(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)So, except for the unfortunate people who are dead, isn't it just wonderful how free that 2nd Amendment is making all of us.......except of course, for having to worry about becoming one of those unfortunate firearm casualties, or experiencing the loss of someone we love to one of those firearm casualties..... It does seem that we have a problem with those 2nd Amendment rights colliding with that inalienable right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness......and Life seems to be losing way too often. These recent stories are from Minnesota sources; Minnesota does not a particularly high rate compared to other states in the U.S. for violent crime or for domestic abuse. Statistically red states are higher in those categories, as well as being higher in rates of divorce, despite all the lip service given to 'family values' by conservatives; (MN is largely a blue state).
As I prepare to hit 'publish', I'm already waiting to see what gunloons are going to assert that the correct solution to the above situation was for there to be more guns in play. So let me point out that by that reasoning, we would still have at least one (and possibly more) firearm deaths.
I would point out here, before the gunloons have their knee-jerky reflex, that other first world, industrialized / developed countries - I would point to the UK as an example - have dramatically lower firearm deaths per 100,000; and also lower crime rates as well. I would argue to this blogs readers that they are not only AS free as anyone in the U.S., but because they have less risk of death by firearms, they are MORE free than we are in the U.S.A. to live their lives in peace, and safety.