Monday, November 5, 2012

Murder - Attempted Suicide in Los Angeles

The LA Times reports
A man was in critical condition after he shot and killed woman outside a San Pedro home then turned the gun on himself, Los Angeles police said Saturday.

The shooting occurred about 10:30 p.m. Friday in the 3100 block of Almeria Street, according to a police officer at the LAPD’s Harbor station.

The suspect, described only as a man in his 40s, chased a 45-year-old woman out of the home and fired two shots at her, striking her in the head. The suspect then called 911 and reported the shooting.

Arriving officers cleared the home and found the man with a single gunshot wound to his head. He was taken to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. 

Paramedics pronounced the woman dead at the scene.
There's no doubt that guns are bad news for women when it comes to domestic violence. The pro-gun response is usually one of two things.  Either they say the women should be armed to protect themselves, which of course is typically short-sighted as the Meleanie Hain case illustrated, or they say women also abuse men in domestic disputes.  That one is so defensive and stupid we don't even respond to it.

The fact is that most of these cases of domestic abuse, male-on-female, with a gun are carried out by so-called law-abiding gun owners. These are hidden criminals, assuming this is not their very first time acting as abuser, and they are covered in the Famous 10% under at least one category.

Men like that are not qualified to own guns, yet the ranks of lawful-gun owners are generously sprinkled with these unfit examples.

What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.

1 comment:

  1. Let's say all guns magically disappeared tomorrow. A man whose rage is out of control can still easily kill a woman in a domestic violence setting. Instead of a firearm, the man can use a knife, pipe, or poison. The man can use all of these options because he is routinely close to the woman and has access to her home, car, refrigerator, etc.

    The best solution to minimize domestic violence has three components. First, teach women the precursors to domestic violence. Encourage and assist women to immediately remove themselves from the relationship and possibly even the state where the abuser lives. Second, remove any "entrapment" or "wire tapping" restrictions for the victims and prosecutors and allow the victims to secretly record the abusive behavior and threats that always precede domestic violence. Third, enact and enforce laws that enable prosecutors to promptly prosecute and imprison offenders.

    These three measures would actually reduce domestic violence. Equally important, these measures would not infringe on the rights of citizens who have no part whatsoever in a domestic violence situation.

    Or you can support gun control measures which will fail to reduce domestic violence and will infringe on the rights of citizens to have the means to defend themselves.