Friday, October 21, 2011

Westchester NY Man Kills his Whole Family and Himself

on yet another multiple-murder/suicide. Interestingly, this time the guy must have felt a bullet was just too impersonal for the wife, so, as the pro-gun folks keep telling us, he just used a different weapon.

But, I contend the gun made it easier to kill the kids and himself, which means that once again, gun availability plays a part.

In the early hours of Tuesday, the State Police said, Mr. Friedlander, 50, beat his wife to death with the leg of a piece of furniture. He also fatally shot his two children, Molly, 10, and Gregory, 8, in their bedrooms, covered their bodies with their bedspreads, then went downstairs to the basement and turned the weapon, a 12-gauge Remington pump-action shotgun, on himself.
What's your opinion?  Does this illustrate the danger of having guns in the house?  I say yes it does.

I suppose people think having a shotgun available makes them safer if that very unlikely event happens in which they might need it to protect themselves.  But, the sad truth is guns in the home are more likely to be misused than to be used for self-defense. This was an extremely dramatic example of that.

Please leave a comment.


  1. It would appear, from the piece in the paper that I read, that dear old dad had no problem beating his wife to death but balked at being that up close and personal with his kids. Another gutless piece of shit with a gun.

  2. Yet another example. Were there warning signs before? Had he been abusive before, or acting erratic? If so, did the wife ever speak up about the danger of having a gun in the home with a person like that? Or did he just snap?

    Either way, a gun in the home makes you LESS safe, particularly with children present.