Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Orders of protection are not a shield of steel

If you are old enough to remember the Vietnam War and the passing of the 1968 Gun Control Act, you probably remember Batfink, whose famous saying was,
Your bullets cannot harm me — my wings are like a shield of steel!
Sadly, we note that Christene Rivera was killed in her Knoxville apartment, allegedly by estranged husband Joseph Rivera, against whom she had an Order of Protection (PDF file here). Unfortunately, these documents are provide no shield of steel against someone who is committed to causing serious bodily harm or death.
While Judge Bill Swan says in an interivew with WATE,
Orders of protection are tremendously successful. It is rare when they are violated. We get tremendous change in behavior in most cases,
those rare cases where the orders are violated make it seem prudent for one to be prepared to defend against lethal agression.
Simply put, if you really need an order of protection, you need to be able to defend yourself. If you choose to do so with a firearm, be sure and get proper training.


Disclaimer: The information and ideas presented in this column are provided for informational purposes only. Gun rights, like all other Constitutionally recognized rights, must be exercised responsibly. Firearms, like cars, kitchen knives and life itself all can be dangerous. You should get professional training as part of any plan to use firearms for any purpose. I have made a reasonable, good-faith effort to assure that the content of this column is accurate. I have no control over what you do, and specifically accept no responsibility for anything you do as a result of reading my columns. Any action or lack of action on your part is strictly your responsibility.

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