Carol Browne wasn’t unlucky. She tried to do everything she could to protect herself but it was not enough. Ms. Browne was murdered late Wednesday night, six weeks after applying for a handgun permit, an application that was delayed due to her states Gun Control laws.
As a local newspaper reported:
“The Berlin Township woman got a restraining order against a former boyfriend, installed security cameras and an alarm system to her home and began the months-long process of obtaining a handgun, friends said.”
Carol Bowne, 39, was stabbed to death by her ex-boyfriend in the driveway of her Patton Avenue home on Wednesday night.
Her former boyfriend, 45-year-old Michael Eitel, was charged with her murder. Eitel, a convicted felon was still on the lam, Thursday, and is being sought by the US Marshall Service.
Her tragic death has caused some to ask, why didn’t she have the ability to defend herself? Many have blamed “the system” while others lay the blame for her tragic death squarely at the feet of anti-gun politicians and lobbyists. Unfortunately for Ms. Brown’s family, no amount of apologies or blame will ease their pain.
Gun Control laws certainly did not prevent Ms. Browne’s death, as not only was her murder a felon, he didn’t use a gun. However, had Ms. Browne been armed, as she so duly wished, this somber story may have never been written.