This is just sad. For the whole story, read here: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/howard/bal-te.md.ho.shootings30nov30,0,4987959.story?coll=bal-investing-headlines, but I’ll give a brief overview.
In Maryland, David P. Brockdorff, 40, used his .22-caliber rifle to kill Howard County flight attendant Gail L. Pumphrey, 43, and their three children, David, 12, Megan, 10, and Brandon, 7, before turning the gun on himself on Thanksgiving.
Gail had had a protective order placed on her after her ex-husband had abused her and had filed with the Frederick County courts TWICE for the rifle to be taken from him, the problem is, the law doesn’t require long-barreled guns to be taken, only handguns. Anyway, the two Frederick County court orders, the first read into the record on May 3, 2007 and signed by Circuit Judge John H. Tisdale, and another signed Aug. 8, 2005, by District Judge Oliver John Cejka Jr. and renewed on appeal by Circuit Judge Julie S. Solt later in 2005, did not require Brockdorff to turn over the rifle.
Tisdale had said at the May 3rd hearing that both parents were immature and not looking out for the best interest of the children. He advised Gail not even to get out of the car when dropping the kids off, so that an argument wouldn’t fight, and sometimes she even had her sister drop the kids off. But on Thanksgiving, she ignored the judge’s advice and got out of the car; David then shot the 4 and then himself at a Montgomery County park.
My thoughts: You have the right to own a gun (with some restrictions – no citizen needs an automatic – sorry, you just don’t); HOWEVER, when you have ABUSED and HARASSED somebody (or committed any violent crime, used drugs, or driven drunk), you should lose that right – you are either known to be violent and/or irresponsible – and need to lose that privilege. (For my further views on guns, read my post here: https://inkslwc.wordpress.com/2007/11/26/supreme-court-to-hear-second-amendment-case/).
This is a sad case, and the law needs to be changed because of it, and judges need to remember it and take away guns when there’s even a CHANCE that somebody is going to get hurt or killed because some maniac can’t act like a grown-up!
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