A woman felt she needed to protect herself from her estranged boyfriend and she’s now lucky to be alive.
According to the Kansas City Star, a woman played an unintentional role in the mass shooting that took place in Hesston, Kansas, on February 25.
A Wichita police report dated Feb. 5 shows that an officer took the woman’s report by phone shortly after 10:30 that morning. The woman, it says, reported a person “battering her leaving visible injuries.”
Police categorized the report as a domestic violence incident with no children present. Both have children, but not together, records show.
In her petition for protection from abuse, the woman expresses concern over Ford’s demeanor and mental state.
“He is an alcoholic, violent, depressed,” she writes, again all in capital letters. “It’s my belief he is in desperate need of medical & psychological help!”
I see a different lesson here. If a woman wants to protect herself from a violent, and seemingly psychotic man, a “protection from abuse order” may be the worst thing she can use for that purpose.
In this case, she was lucky. Cedric Ford never hunted her down. But others were killed. The so-called “protection order” just triggered him to go into a homicidal rage.
A much better means of protection for both women and men is the widespread ownership and possession of firearms. The police can sometimes do heroic acts, but they will invariably show up after the shooting has already started.
Trusting in the government to make sure all criminals and future criminals are disarmed is wildly irrational. We have millions of firearms already in this country. Even apart from the Second Amendment, the most reasonable way to protect Americans everywhere is to encourage Americans everywhere to responsibly carry a firearm.