92 year old charged with murder after she shoots her own son 3 replies

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#1 3 months ago

So during an argument about his decision to put him in a care home, the 92 year old Anna Mae Blessing allegedly shot her son, stating that "you're taking my life, so I will take yours".

According to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Blessing said she had been thinking about her son’s plan to place her in a home for a number of days prior. She told detectives she then took two pistols and concealed them in the pockets of her robe before confronting her son in his bedroom.


This is the thing that concerns me, should an elderly lady be able to have access to guns this easily given she probably has dementia or other mental health issues? I do not see what can drive a mother to do this, but surely weapons should be locked away and made difficult or impossible for her to reach given her circumstances?

I know gun control is a tough issue in the US but even if guns are not outlawed or licensed, surely controls over access and security such as being locked in safes etc. need to be introduced so they do not end up in the hands of the vulnerable?


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#2 3 months ago

Pretty much everything is regulated in the US: the depth of pools, the temperature of coffee, the safety of cars... but all of that is due to risks to insurance companies. When it comes to guns Americans are a bit weird. Sadly a lot of that is due to the influence of a lobby supported by the firearms industry.




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#3 3 months ago

So what you're saying is we need someone to start selling gunshot insurance?... lookaround.gif

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I wonder whether that's actually covered under health insurance already :/




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#4 3 months ago
Posted by Nemmerle

So what you're saying is we need someone to start selling gunshot insurance?... lookaround.gif

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I wonder whether that's actually covered under health insurance already :/

That has been tried a couple of times:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-weather-japan/at-least-27-killed-47-missing-as-torrential-rain-pounds-japan-idUSKBN1JX05B


it would probably help a bit with reducing accients but not so much with illegal gun crime. But you never know, wouldn't surprise me if people who are not impressed by a risk of death or lengthy prison sentences would be really scared of big fines.