In a somewhat atypical defensive gun use out of Walnut Hill, Florida (yes, it is always Florida), Cordaryl Lewis was pistol-whipped by an anonymous person who found that he had strangled his girlfriend.
According to reports, Lewis and his girlfriend were “arguing about leaving the house they had just bought” when Lewis decided to grab the woman’s throat. He choked her to the point of unconsciousness before an anonymous third party walked in on the scene, saw the woman on the ground and pistol-whipped Lewis in the face. When authorities arrived, they found Lewis bleeding profusely. The woman had sustained injuries consistent with the allegations against Lewis, and the man was arrested and charged with domestic battery by strangulation.
Why pistol-whipping? Nobody knows. Maybe the person with the gun was related to Lewis, or maybe the gun wasn’t loaded. Whatever the cause, we would have preferred the girlfriend, who is the mother of a 1-year-old, to have been armed herself. It’s lucky she survived.
Self defense against intimate violence is very common. We report these kinds of stories all the time. Anyone who claims to stand for the rights of women or their bodies should stand for their right to defend themselves against this kind of assault, to which roughly 1,000 women lose their lives every year.