A North Las Vegas woman apparently shot and killed her husband during a domestic dispute on Friday. Police have ruled the shooting self-defense after their investigation.
“All of the evidence and witnesses indicated the shooting was in self-defense,” Officer Eric Leavitt told reporters. He said investigators based that conclusion off of two eyewitness statements and information from about 10 others who described the incident.
In a statement, police said the shooting happened around lunchtime after an argument between the man and a 26-year-old woman turned physical and the woman opened fire, striking the man. When police arrived, officers found him with multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
In the driveway of the residence where the shooting occurred, there was a white sedan with a busted window, although it wasn’t immediately clear if the vehicle damage was related to either the dispute or the shooting, The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
Authorities have not released the names of either the man or the woman involved, but the parents of the deceased man spoke with reporters and said the woman who shot him was his wife. They also said the couple has two children together, although it’s unclear if they were home at the time of the incident.
Parents of the deceased claim that the man was previously involved with gangs when he lived in Compton, California. However, they claim he had cleaned up his life after moving to Las Vegas with the woman and their two children.
The parents are also skeptical of the claim of self-defense, though that’s hardly unusual.
Large numbers of women look at guns as a scourge to women, that men use them to gun down wives and girlfriends in domestic violence situations, yet this incident shows the reality. Men are often able to kill and maim women with their bare hands, while women are physically unable to defend themselves from such attacks.
That’s where a firearm comes into play.
It doesn’t take a lot of upper body strength to pull a trigger. Even especially weak women can manage it just fine.
Guns can negate the strength advantage men typically have and allow women to even the odds. Even the biggest, meanest, most aggressive man becomes just as susceptible to a few rounds of 9mm as the next person.
Firearms aren’t the bane of women, despite what some gun grabbers like to say, but a tool women can use to protect themselves not just from domestic violence but any other predator who would see their gender as making them easy prey.
Whether that’s quite what happened in Vegas or not is irrelevant. What is relevant is that a woman feared for her life in the face of a man who was most likely large and stronger than her, and she had the means to keep herself safe despite those physical differences. In this is a lesson for other women, particularly those who have reason to fear a man in their life.
If you don’t want to be a victim, a gun gives you a far better chance than a restraining order, the police, or harsh language.