Sunday, August 20, 2006

Another Restraining Order Does Nothing

JusticeBradenton Herald | 08/19/2006 | Man charged with stalking, kidnapping ex At least this story has a happy ending - no one got hurt.
Bradenton Police said Andrew L. Evans and the woman have a history of domestic violence, and that he violated a restraining order Thursday morning when he went to her residence in the 4800 block of 11th Avenue Circle East.

The woman told police that Evans was hiding behind some hedges when she came out of the garage about 7:07 a.m. Evans grabbed her from behind in a bear hug, pulled her into the garage and forced her into her car.
They drove around some, then he went to a friend's house and let her go. She drove to the police department.

You have to wonder what was on his mind. Was he planning something violent and had second thoughts? Was he planning a murder/suicide (he threatened to shoot her at one point) and decided not to go through with it? And what will happen the next time? You can be sure that even if he is sent to jail it will not be for very long.

This story could have ended tragically. I am glad it did not. But anyone and everyone in a similar situation needs to recognize what a restraining order can do and what it can't do. There are things the police can do, but protecting you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week is not one of them. They cannot be on every street corner where you might meet danger. The "system" cannot protect you.

You need to be prepared. If you have a restraining order in place this is NOT being paranoid. You have a court document to remind you that someone is stalking you. (Actually even if you don't have a restraing order it isn't paranoid to recognize we live in a violent world.) It is best if you act accordingly and plan for your own safety and that of your family.

Florida has one of the better sets of concealed carry and self-defense laws in the country. It would be best if people, if women, availed themselves of their right to self-defense.

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