Security cameras, an alarm system, and a restraining order were not enough to stop a fugitive ex-boyfriend from killing a woman this week. A firearm would have been a much better tool for protection, but in this case the woman was killed while waiting for her gun permit to be processed.
(Edited. I should have noted in this story that the woman was from New Jersey, and according to NJ law you need a gun permit not only to purchase a gun but even to possess a handgun. So she politely obeyed the laws and waited for her gun permit to be processed.)
I really hate stories like this. They make me sick. But it needs to be reported, and this story needs to be told so that people will begin to understand that the right to own and carry firearms is as important as the right to live.
Show this story to the next anti-gunner who says we need longer waiting times for those who wish to purchase and own firearms for protection.
Carol Bowne was stabbed and killed in her driveway on Wednesday after filing a restraining order against her former boyfriend, 45-year-old Michael Eitel, who was a fugitive and convicted felon.
According to courierpostonline.com,
“She got a restraining order about a month ago, and right after that her car windows were broken,” said O’Hara.
Court records show Eitel pleaded guilty to a weapons offense in 2008 after being indicted in 2006 on a charge of aggravated assault with bodily injury. He received a five-year sentence for that offense, which neighbors said was related to an assault on a former girlfriend.
Berlin Township Police Chief Leonard Check said Bowne applied for a gun license on April 21, and that she had inquired Monday about her request.
The application process typically takes two months or more as police collect information on the applicant, including fingerprints and reference checks. “We did not get the fingerprint information yet,” said Check.
We don’t know how this story would have turned out if Bowne actually had her gun permit processed in a timely manner and she were armed. But we know she would have had a better chance against a felon with a knife had she been armed with a .45 instead of an alarm system and a useless restraining order.
The article goes on to describe what a wonderful person Bowne was:
Bowne’s death shocked her friends and neighbors, who described her as a bubbly, well-liked person. But her slaying also embittered some, who felt the system had failed to protect a woman in danger.
She did absolutely everything she was supposed to,” said Denise Lovallo, a fellow hairdresser at O’Hara and Co. in Somerdale.
“Do they have enough now to get him?” she asked of Bowne’s attacker.
The saddest part of this story is that it didn’t have to happen. It never should have happened. The system did indeed fail Bowne.
Police went to the home around 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, when they found Bowne lying in the driveway with multiple stab wounds. Bowne was taken to Virtua Hospital in Berlin, where she was pronounced dead at 11:22 p.m.
“Everybody is in shock,” said a neighbor who spoke anonymously due to fear of Bowne’s attacker. “I saw her lying in the driveway.”
“I’m terrified,” said another, also speaking anonymously. “I can’t believe she’s dead.”
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