On June 5, the Courier Post reported that Everytown for Gun Safety supporter Jane Shivas, who is also executive director of the New Jersey Coalition for Battered Women, responded to the stabbing death of New Jersey’s Carol Bowne by saying, “We will never know whether Carol would be alive today if she had received her gun permit and purchased a gun.”
Breitbart News previously reported that Bowne was stabbed to death on June 3, allegedly by a former boyfriend, while she sat unarmed waiting for the state of New Jersey to grant her permission to own a gun.
Shivas said that having a gun “may not be the best form of protection for a victim of intimate partner violence” and that getting a gun increases a woman’s “risk of lethality.”
In the weeks and months leading up to her death, Bowne “installed security cameras and an alarm system to her home and began the months-long process of obtaining a handgun.” Bowne’s co-workers said, “She got a restraining order about a month ago, and right after that her car windows were broken.”
Bowne’s former boyfriend, Michael Eitel, is a convicted felon, who has allegedly threatened and attacked others in the past. According to the Post, “Eitel allegedly violated a restraining order brought by another woman in September 2006. In that incident, Eitel allegedly pulled a gun on a 36-year-old Laurel Springs woman and repeatedly threatened her life.”
He pleaded guilty to a weapons offense in 2008 and was sentenced to prison in 2009. Yet he was out on the streets on June 3, and Carol Bowne was in fear for her life–still awaiting permission to own a gun.
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