I will NEVER bask in a person’s death, especially when they’re senselessly murdered. And as much disdain as I have for the NRA and for the nonsensical argument that guns are the best thing since sliced bread, I try to become increasingly more tolerant of gun owners and their rights to pack heat.
But then I read a rather odd and ironic story on CNN:
Soccer mom Meleanie Hain, who made national headlines last year by having a loaded, holstered handgun at her 5-year-old daughter’s soccer game, has been found shot dead in her home along with her husband, police said Thursday. Information from 911 calls shows that it took a SWAT team nearly an hour and a half to gain entry to the Lebanon, Pennsylvania, home Wednesday evening. Inside, they found the bodies of Hain, 31, and her husband, Scott, 33, police Capt. Daniel Wright said.
Police have avoided labeling the incident a murder-suicide. However, they do not believe that another person was involved, Wright said. A full investigation is under way, he added.
Meleanie Hain became an overnight celebrity and, to some, a steward of Second Amendment rights when she carried a Glock strapped to her belt to her daughter’s soccer game September 11, 2008.
Days later, on September 20, her permit to carry a gun was revoked by Lebanon County Sheriff Michael DeLeo, who claimed that she showed poor judgment at the child’s game. County Judge Robert Eby later reinstated the permit.
Weisberg, Hain’s attorney, said the sheriff’s action violated Hain’s First, Second, Fourth and 14th Amendment rights.
Read the rest of the article here.
I have to admit: when I first read this, my initial thought was that this was an ironic and real life manifestation of the “…live by the sword, die by the sword” metaphor. But then another part of me saw the story behind the story: yet another tragic display of violence at the hands of people with no respect for human life; others or their own. Added to that is the ongoing reality of domestic abuse against women and the gross consequences that rise from it. Regardless to how people may feel about Meleanie Hain and her belief in carrying heat, she was also a mother, daughter, and friend to people. Besides, not all women who are victimized by domestic abuse meet their end at the barrel of gun. These days, other weapons of choice include knives, belts, pans, or bare hands. Unfortunately these subtextual aspects of the story always seem to get forgotten during the discussion.
On top of all that, I suppose one of the reasons why I won’t politicize this case as a reason to push for more gun control is because of the futility of it all. Like all the other killings, murder/suicides, and accidental shootings that have occupied the media over the years, there is nothing noteworthy enough about this story to change the complexity of the debate. If anything, I suspect all this story will do is give gun opponents a little more aummunition (no pun intended) to support their arguments…while giving gun defenders the opportunity to flash their own stats and anecdotal evidence as refutation of those claims. So to both sides: relax. Most assuredly, there are going to be plenty more gun deaths in the future to keep this debate alive. No need to come to come out firing on all cylinders right now.
For now, let’s just concentrate on yet another victim of domestic violence.