Thursday, April 15, 2010

One Month Between Court Order and Death

Restraining orders are interesting legal documents, not bullet proof vests. Protective orders don't always protect
Melissa Patrick filed a protective order in DeKalb Superior Court against her boyfriend, Ronnie R. Jones, 39, of Fort Wayne, on Dec. 1. A month to the day later, gunshots to the face and chest killed Patrick as she worked at a group home, and prosecutors accuse Jones of being the triggerman.
In the past, I have seen statistics that say 20 percent of all restraining orders or orders of protection fail to restrain or protect anyone.

Restraining orders are interesting legal documents, but if you truly believe you need one, you also need a plan for your personal safety. The cops are not obligated to protect you. (Look up CASTLE ROCK V. GONZALES - for a pretty clear statement by SCOTUS on this issue.) Personally, I like firearms for personal protection. Others have other preferences.

The point is, as this tragedy - and many others like it - illustrates, relying of a court order doesn't work. “The System” can't protect you.

Now, buying a firearm and getting training won't ensure your safety. There are no guarantees in this life. But doing something is better than doing nothing. (At least to my way of thinking) And doing something effective is even better.

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