The powers that be, the “experts” and the reporters are tied in knots over this tragedy. A woman killed by someone who once claimed to love her. Midland Park slaying throws spotlight on struggle to protect domestic abuse victims
She obtained a temporary restraining order and called Midland Park police in desperation again and again to report he violated that order. At some point, perhaps fearing for her life, she had a camera surveillance system installed at her home.
Because surveillance cameras are even less useful in stopping a crime than the piece of paper known as a restraining order.
Some experts say victims of domestic violence sometimes have no recourse except to leave their homes and go to a shelter when they believe they are in imminent danger. Others say a future answer may lie in requiring some domestic violence offenders to wear GPS anklets.
Because a GPS anklet will stop the creep in his tracks, right?
So I say again. How about giving her some chance to defend herself?
A gun may not have saved this woman. There are no guarantees in this life save death and next winter’s snow. But relying on “The System” – the police, restraining order, etc. – did not save her life. The camera system recorded some of her last moments, but did not stop the monster bent on her destruction. A gun may not have saved this woman, but it was probably the only thing that could have.
But this is New Jersey, after all. The next-best-thing to a gun-free zone.