“From the moment she had called me until the moment police arrived was ten minutes and everyone was dead.” Read that quote again, pulled from an article on cbs7.com. Let it soak in. In less than ten minutes, Texas law enforcement officer Jon Nielsen went from listening to his 32-year-old daughter’s frantic phone call describing a break-in to arriving at her house and discovering her lifeless body and that of her killer, ex-boyfriend Brandon Leyva . . .
Nielsen says a video camera inside the home captured Deming’s attack as Leyva burst through the back door.
“The man body slammed his way through the sliding glass door as he came in, and evidently she tried to run toward the Christmas tree but she was killed in a hail of gunfire,” Nielsen said.
The attack was not unexpected, as indicated by the existence of security camera footage . . .
Public records show Leyva did in fact have a history of family violence accusations from other women — two of whom filed protective orders against him in 2003 and 2012.
“We didn’t like his personality from day one, but we had no knowledge of his past,” Nielsen said.
In the days leading up to the tragic events, Nielsen says he and Deming purchased new security cameras that they planned to install Sunday as an added layer of protection.
They would never have a chance to install them.
At around midnight Saturday, Nielsen received a panicked call from his daughter saying someone was trying to break into her house and moments later the phone went silent.
No disrespect to Officer Nielsen or Monica’s eight-year-old orphaned son Colton, but security cameras are only good for deterrence and ex post facto evidence collection. An average burglary crew might think twice about entering a house with surveillance cameras (or they might wear masks). But a mentally unhinged attacker who’s got you – you – in their sights will not be deterred by anything. Forget about Islamic terrorists. That’s as bad as it gets.
Monica should have been armed. At home. At work. Everywhere. All the time. She should have shot Brandon Leyva as he tried to enter her residence. The only “other” solution to the problem of a psycho ex: hire armed bodyguards or go into hiding, neither of which is practically or economically feasible for most people.
As for gun control advocates’ argument that anyone accused of domestic should be disarmed, seriously? Do they seriously believe that a man who wants to kill his ex-girlfriend and then himself would be deterred from his goal by a law banning him from firearms possession? What world do they live in?
We live in a world where anyone can lose their life in seconds. Where proscriptive laws fail. Where the best defense against a lethal attack is a firearm. Where armed people who say “when seconds count the police are only minutes away” understand that it’s not a cutesy pro-gun slogan. It’s a warning to anyone who hears it that disarmament can be a death sentence.