According to a statement prepared by Edgartown (MA) attorney Sean E. Murphy, “Kenneth Bloomquist broke into the West Tisbury home and shot his wife with a shotgun he brought with him. Kenneth Bloomquist then pulled out a handgun and tried to shoot his wife with it. During a struggle, the gun discharged and Kenneth Bloomquist was shot.” Oy vey on the usual passive construction. What would be wrong with saying “During a struggle, Cynthia Bloomquist gained control of her husband’s pistol, then shot and killed him”? Anyway, capecodonline.com reports that Cynthia Bloomquist is in stable condition after surgery for a gunshot wound to the torso. And here’s the kicker: “she had previously been denied a restraining order against her husband.” Not that that really matters . . .
Even if a court had granted Mrs. B a restraining order against Mr. B, what difference would that have made? Clearly Kenneth Bloomquist wanted to murder his wife and didn’t give a flying you-know-what about the consequences. If a restraining order had been in place . . . nothing. The police would still only be there to mop-up the aftermath.
Early reports suggested Mrs. Bloomquist fired a second gun that was in her own possession. Her lawyer’s statement asserts that her husband brought his own murder weapon to his former digs. In any case, Mrs. B. could have prepared for an assault by her so-called better half—an event that she clearly feared— if she’d had a gun on her hip.
If Mrs. Bloomquist had home carried, she might even have avoided that whole “getting shot by a scattergun and life-and-death struggle for someone else’s gun while bleeding live a sieve” thing. Just sayin’ . . .
Anyway, result: Cynthia Bloomquist survived a murder attempt. That’s what any rational human being would call a result. Afterwards, she called 911. The local tac ops guys responded. The police and DA had a look. No charges were filed against Mrs. Bloomquist. Life goes on (as it does).
Psychologically, not so fast. As this case illustrates, a successful defensive gun use (DGU) is a terrible thing. At best. But dying at the hands of a murderous attacker is worse. Always. [h/t LeftShooter]