Monday, January 26, 2009

Some People Don't Know the Meaning of "It's Over"

WTHR - Man shot after breaking into ex-girlfriend's home Restraining orders are interesting legal documents, but they won't stop a person bent on doing violence.
A restraining order didn't keep a woman's ex-boyfriend from breaking into her home this morning, where she shot him.
He broke into her home and attacked her in front of her two children. She managed to get away from him and get a gun.

That isn't to say Restraining Orders have no purpose.
While it may not have kept Seats away from the woman, the order made it clear to police who was the victim and who was the suspect. They say he's going to jail because she acted in self-defense.
So this is an instance where "you are likely to shoot someone you know" comes into play. Is it a bad thing that she shot someone she knew? She did so in legal self-defense after all.

But the main point is, as one commenter to the story pointed out, "When seconds count, police are minutes away." A court order didn't protect this woman. A firearm did.

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