Thursday, September 24, 2009

Think the System Will Protect You?

She did what she was supposed to do: apply for a restraining order. It was denied. Two weeks later, she is dead. Shooting victim's family furious about a judge denying a restraining order
For days, Heinis has been staring at the letter that arrived after his sister's death.

He read, “Petitioner has not shown by a preponderance of the evidence that domestic, family violence, or stalking has occurred.”
Now, had a restraining order been issued, there is no guarantee it would have done anything. There are no guarantees in this life. But it should have been issued.
[The dead girl's brother] says, “Even with the news she received that he had purchased a shot gun with the intent of murdering her.”
The system clearly broke down in this case, but a restraining order is not a bullet prof vest, and it would not have protected her against someone truly on her case about physical harm. But the system should work. (Restraining orders are interesting legal documents.

If you think you need a restraining order, then you need a plan for your personal safety. I like the defensive properties of the handgun. You may have a different view.

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