Thursday, February 16, 2006

Another Restraining Order Fails to Protect

LibertyHenderson County: Attempted Murder-Suicide 44-year-old Rosanne Buckman was shot in the throat by an ex-boyfriend, Ricardo Eldridge. This happened Tuesday night.
Buckman had a restraining order issued against Eldridge, but that did little to stop him.
He killed himself with a gunshot wound to the head. She is alive, but in critical condition. Her 10-year-old daughter was in the house at the time, but was not injured. Happy Valentine's Day.

The police arrived in time to see she was taken to the hospital, and find his body in the house. (In other words, they were not able to protect her.) A gun may not have enabled Ms. Buckman to defend herself from this attack, but relying on the police has once again proved to be a bad strategy. This is not a dig at police. It is simply impossible for them to be everywhere, or to get to the scene of crime fast enough to make a difference in most situations.

As to those who say that the world would be better if no one had firearms, I will point out 2 things. 1) Eldridge was barred from having a firearm as there was a restraining order in place. It was already against the law for him to have the weapon. 2) How would this story be better if she had been stabbed, not shot? It would not. Had he been armed with a knife (or a baseball bat, or a length of pipe or his bare hands if he is large enough) she would still need a firearm to mount an effective defense.

"The system" cannot defend you. There was a restraining order in place. What did it do? The police were called when neighbors heard shots. The police cannot watch over you 24 hours per day. In those few moments when danger strikes, you are on your own.

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