Saturday, August 29, 2009

Murder - Suicide on Staten Island

The Daily News reports on the latest shooting tragedy, this one on suburban Staten Island.

A Staten Island man called 911 Thursday morning and calmly admitted to fatally shooting his wife and their cat - moments before he turned the gun on himself, police sources said.

"I shot my wife," John Pizon, 52, told the 911 operator just before 10 a.m., claiming that the shooting was inadvertent.

"Yeah, it was an accident," said Pizon, "and I shot the cats too."

Pizon then assured the 911 operator he would leave the front door of their Bulls Head home open for emergency responders - but when police arrived moments later, they found him sprawled on the floor, dead of a gunshot wound to the head.

Karan Pizon, who was shot once in the back of the head, was rushed to Staten Island University Hospital North but died an hour later.

I guess you could safely say John Pizon was one of the famous 10%, wouldn't you think? He probably qualifies under several categories, as some of the commenters have pointed out.

He also illustrates another factor, which is only partly covered by my controversial theory. When you consider the suicides and add them to the murders committed by folks who were law-abiding gun owners until the moment they pulled the trigger, you realize criminals aren't our only concern. In fact the majority of gun problems is caused by law-abiding gun owners.

Investigators believe the couple was arguing over some recent financial struggles when John Pizon, a gun collector, reached for a .22-caliber pistol and opened fire.

After gunning down his wife, he also fatally shot Midnight, the couple's black cat. They owned two other cats.

A police source said Pizon had a license for the handgun but it was not immediately clear why he was permitted to have the weapon.

Neither Pizon had a criminal record and investigators had never before been called to their rented Goller Pl. apartment on a domestic dispute, police sources said.

What's your opinion? Is it any wonder that people get nervous and concerned at the sight of guns, regardless of who's carrying them? Would you say that in cases like this guns are bad news for women like Mrs. Pizon?

Often people ask, well what do you want to do about this, New York already has some of the strictest gun laws in the land. My answer is, I'm not sure what to do about it, but the first step is admitting there's a problem. As long as pro-gun folks insist the problem doesn't exist or that its scope is insignificantly small, serious discussion about the solution is impossible.

What's your opinion?


  1. In fact the majority of gun problems is caused by law-abiding gun owners.

    How do you possibly come to that conclusion?

  2. Here's how, Tom B.

    Less than 50% of gun crime is committed by previously-convicted felons. Add that to the suicides and accidents which happen mainly to law-abiding gun owners. The results are what I said.

    Shall I prepare a more detailed post about that, Tom? You don't sound convinced.

  3. That would be because you are not convincing.

  4. Mike, I have no idea how you got your number, but it is way off:

    Notably, only 15 percent of all Americans have criminal records, yet more than 90 percent of murder suspects have a history of crime. Their criminal careers average six or more years’ length, including four major adult felonies, in addition to their often extensive juvenile records.

    A New York Times study of the 1,662 murders in that city between 2003 and 2005 found that “more than 90 percent of the killers had criminal records.” Baltimore police records show similar statistics for its murder suspects in 2006. In Milwaukee, police reported that most murder suspects in 2007 had criminal records, while “a quarter of them [killed while] on probation or parole.” The great majority of Illinois murderers from the years 1991–2000 had prior felony records. Eighty percent of Atlanta murder arrestees had previously been arrested at least once for a drug offense; 70 percent had three or more prior drug arrests—in addition to their arrests for other crimes.

  5. TomB., You may be right. I'll try to research my source on that one today. No wonder Roberta finds me unconvincing, huh? And that was before she saw your last comment.

  6. Think he couldn't have killed his wife and a cat without a gun? Get real.