Victim's Finger Should Have Been on Trigger Instead of Telephone Libertarians Say
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CONTACT: Tim O'Brien
HAZEL PARK. "Begging a 911
operator to please have the police hurry is hardly the best use of the few
seconds you have when an armed and dangerous person is trying to break in to
your home," observed Libertarian Party of Michigan chair Stacy Van
She was referring to the tragic incident on Monday in which
Detroit resident Stephanie Rice and her brother were murdered by Ms. Rice's
former boyfriend -- as she was on the phone calling for help. The killer then
took his own life.
"We can't fault police," Van Oast continued. "Their
response time appeared to be about as good as can be expected. The simple fact
is that the police just cannot be everywhere in order to effectively deal with
a crime in progress. You need to be able to do that yourself," she
"The ones who do bear some measure of responsibility are the
politicians like Prosecutor Duggan and Sheriff Ficano who promote gun control.
They disarm and leave helpless good, law-abiding people like Ms. Rice on the
bizarre theory that this will somehow deter deranged criminals like the one who
"When an angry man -- already known to authorities as
someone with a history of domestic violence -- came breaking into her home,
instead of a weapon Ms. Rice used the gun-controller defense: call 911. The
result is three dead. And two orphans," she added, referring to Ms. Rice's two
teenage daughters who were at school at the time of the incident. "And a gaping
hole in the lives of everyone who knew this decent, loving family."
"Perhaps Prosecutor Duggan," the LPM chair concluded, "would like to
give the eulogy for Stephanie Rice. It will be good practice. If he succeeds in
his efforts to overturn the new 'shall issue' law, he will be writing the
epitaph for a lot more folks just like her."