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Westchester NY Man Kills His Whole Family and Himself

Posted on the 21 October 2011 by Mikeb302000
The New York Times reports on yet another multiple-murder/suicide. Interestingly, this time the guy must have felt a bullet was just too impersonal for the wife, so, as the pro-gun folks keep telling us, he just used a different weapon.
But, I contend the gun made it easier to kill the kids and himself, which means that once again, gun availability plays a part.
In the early hours of Tuesday, the State Police said, Mr. Friedlander, 50, beat his wife to death with the leg of a piece of furniture. He also fatally shot his two children, Molly, 10, and Gregory, 8, in their bedrooms, covered their bodies with their bedspreads, then went downstairs to the basement and turned the weapon, a 12-gauge Remington pump-action shotgun, on himself.
What's your opinion?  Does this illustrate the danger of having guns in the house?  I say yes it does.
I suppose people think having a shotgun available makes them safer if that very unlikely event happens in which they might need it to protect themselves.  But, the sad truth is guns in the home are more likely to be misused than to be used for self-defense. This was an extremely dramatic example of that.
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