“At 1:30 a.m. on Valentine’s Day this year, Carmen Tarleton left her rural home here and drove through the frigid dark to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston,” nytimes,com reports. “Her doctor had called hours earlier with the news she had been waiting for: a suitable donor had been found. She would get a new face. Almost six years had passed since her estranged husband broke into her house one spring night, beat her with a baseball bat and soaked her with industrial lye that he squirted from a dish-soap bottle . . .
The attack nearly blinded Ms. Tarleton, a nurse and mother of two, and burned her beyond recognition. She lost her eyelids, upper lip and left ear. What remained of her face and much of her body was a knobby patchwork of scar tissue and skin grafts, painful to look at and far more painful to live with.
While we congratulate Ms. Tarleton and her medical team for their courage and perseverance, and celebrate her return to something approaching normalcy, perhaps she should have been armed, carrying at home and shot her husband during the attack. God knows what he might have done to the children—other than trying to kill and disfigure their mother. Just thinking out loud during National Domestic Violence Awareness month.
Here’s some more news from that campaign via hill.com:
Vice President Biden will visit the headquarters of the National Domestic Violence Hotline in Austin, Texas, next month to commemorate National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the White House said Friday.
The hotline, which provides 24-hour support to the victims of domestic violence, was established in 1994 as part of the Violence Against Women Act — Biden’s signature legislative accomplishment.
In a speech earlier this year, Biden said his work on domestic violence was “the single most important cause of my life.”
Maybe “Double Barrel” Joe Biden would like to share his thoughts on shotgun-based home defense. Again, just sayin’ . . .