If you need a restraining order, you also need a plan for your personal safety

Time and again it has been shown that domestic violence restraining orders are not particularly effective. Are people finally realizing that? Families say restraining orders fail to protect domestic violence victims | 6abc.com

Probably not. People are rallying to pass another law. I hope it helps, but I have my doubts.

The article opens with the story of a gruesome murder of a woman at the hands of her abusive, ex-boyfriend.

“She would sleep with a pipe in her bed and a knife because she felt if he came up she might have a fighting chance,” Kathie Ehly said.

Of course she wasn’t killed in bed, but in her driveway. In both locations she would have been better served with a real weapon. Then I would be writing something on the order of “Don’t bring a knife to a gunfight.” But guns are bad. We need more laws that won’t make anymore difference than the old laws.