Those are the words that the husband of Marissa Alexander, in jail for 20 years for a warning shot, said to her the day she fired a shot into the ceiling. The irony, if she had shot her abusive husband she might actually be free.
But this goes to another problem. Domestic abuse…now straight-up, I am going to declare that I am pro-life. And I have a HUGE gripe against the feminist movement – that being that it expends nearly ALL it’s energies and money on the abortion cause and very little respectively on far less gray areas of abuse, job restrictions, sports access, etc.
One of the problems with our legal system is that it is often very soft on domestic abuse, and has a habit of judging women who protect themselves in a very abusive way.
Apparently, per the article, Alexander “possessed a court-issued protective order against her husband at the time of the attack.” She had no prior criminal record. Even if you feel she brandished a gun, does ANYONE believe she should be sentenced to 20 years in prison for doing so? Especially, when she brandished it at a man who has abused her, was under a restraining order and had made a death threat.
Personally, I believe brandishing is often an effective measure for safety. I do not believe brandishing without shooting is morally wrong. In fact, I believe it’s often a better moral choice. And have read numerous accounts where criminals have fled as soon as a citizen drew a firearm.
If some road rage nut chases me down with my car full of children, I’d much rather see him back away and go on his merry way from a mere view of my firearm than having to bear the burden of shooting and killing another man.
The reason we advise against it, is a legal one. The laws and court system are stacked against brandishing & the firing of warning shots. They will get you in legal hot water, as a firearm is viewed exclusively as a tool of last resort. Within our legal system We are not granted it’s use as a deterrent – as we can see by the 20 year sentence Alexander received.
In many ways, I have a gripe against this view. I do not believe it should be legally wrong to brandish or even fire a warning shot (if there is a safe backdrop) when threatened.
Is it so wrong to expect a mother, even an abused one, to want to avoid shooting and killing their kid’s dad? Of course not…unless you’re the U.S. legal system. She had the firearm to keep her safe. The same reason I own a firearm. To keep me and my loved ones safe. If I can remain safe without taking a life, I’d prefer to do so.