Here’s a recent post on the Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America Facebook page: “DEAD GEORGIA MOTHER HAILED AS HERO: Last week, a Georgia mother saved her 6-month-old baby by sheltering the infant in a toilet before her boyfriend shot her in the head with a semi-automatic rifle. He then turned the gun on himself. Both Jessica Arrendale and her child’s father, Antoine Davis, were found dead. The baby, who police found 13 hours after the shooting, is safe after being treated for injuries: http://tinyurl.com/obyftfr. Davis, a war veteran, had a history of depression and domestic violence. American women are 11 times more likely to be shot to death by an intimate partner than in other developed nations. We must elect leaders who support laws that protect women from gun violence. In honor of Jessica, SHARE and SIGN our Gun Sense Voter pledge..” OK so . . .
Here’s the question: what law would have prevented that attack? I’m thinking none. Assault weapons ban? Total ban on civilian firearms ownership? I don’t think so. I think Antoine Davis had murder in mind. With or without a gun, he would have ended his girlfriend’s life.
I’m also thinking that Ms. Arrendale would have done well to have had a gun on her person. And yes, Ms. Arrendale had a chance to defend herself before she was shot. Check this from the article linked above:
Arrendale, 37, had come home from a night out with her daughter Cobie’s father, Antoine Davis, 30, on Sept. 13 when Davis became violent, according to police. With her baby in her arms, Arrendale tried to defend herself with a baseball bat but she was overpowered by Davis, who struck her several times with the bat, according to Inniello.
Davis chased Arrendale up the stairs of her three-story, Atlanta-area townhome. Arrendale locked herself in the bathroom with her daughter but Davis – a former Marine who served in Iraq – retrieved an assault rifle outfitted with a suppressor, broke down the door, and shot Arrendale in the head. With Cobie still in her arms, Arrendale twisted her body to place the 6-month-old in the open toilet bowl and laid her body over her daughter, Arrendale’s mother said.
Don’t be fooled. Gun control advocates don’t have an answer for “gun violence.” It’s an inconvenient truth, but the best defense last ditch against any lethal threat is a gun. It’s also true that Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America are putting victims of domestic violence in harm’s way.