The sins of the parents #Meleanie Hain #NRA #Gun Control
A picosecond flash of smug schadenfreude burned through me when I saw the headline Gun-toting soccer mom found shot dead as I remembered the interview Meleanie Hain gave to the press when she pulled off her stunt, but that feeling quickly turned to dreadful horror when it became clear that their kids witnessed their father shoot their mother dead before killing himself. Talking about this kind of intensely personal family tragedy in terms of our politics is unpleasant if not ghoulish, yet this is what the gun control debate is about; families and guns and unspeakable tragedy. Meleanie Hain wanted to be part of the debate and a symbol of gun ownership, and so she is, though to be clear, the guilty party here clearly appears to be her husband. In the end, despite being armed and brandishing her gun as freely as she liked she ended up murdered by a person who was supposed to be protecting her. The NRA sticker on the car in their driveway did not make them safer. Her gun did not protect her. Her husband’s gun certainly didn’t.
And now their three orphaned children will live the rest of their lives with that memory.