Sunday, June 17, 2007

Not Even a Panic Button is a Help

icNewcastle - Spurned husband killed his ex-wife This guy was a problem. So much so that police installed a panic button in the ex-wife's home. That it failed and the restraining order failed are a tragedy but not a surprise.
Margaret, 57, pushed the panic button police had installed at her home and tried to flee, but Iley stabbed her 12 times.
She didn't have to find a phone and dial 999 (the British 911), she didn't wait on hold, and still she didn't have enough time. And people will still tell you that you don't need a gun to protect yourself.

The lead-in paragraph was telling:
A violent husband who subjected his ex-wife to a life of misery stabbed her to death in cold blood after she finally spurned him, as neighbours looked on in horror.
"Looked on and did nothing" would be a better quote. But the British have been conditioned that they can't get involved. So they didn't.

It may not have helped. Indeed, in these situations it may not be possible to save yourself or anyone else. But if anything was going to save this woman it would have been a weapon in the hands of a law-abiding citizen, either herself or a neighbor. As things stand, she was defenseless. The result is all too common.

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