February 12th, 2010 10:09 AM
Terrible tragedy. As others have said when someone is willing to sacrifice themselves for a goal they become a very difficult weapon to stop. The lone wolf's are the worst, since there's no group meetings or communications to track. This guy decided he was going to accomplish something even if it meant sacrificing his life.
I had no idea that (according to the article) getting restraining orders against stalkers is so difficult. Not knowing more about the situation I'm not commenting on it, but I personally take any threats against my family very seriously.
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February 12th, 2010 10:45 AM
I have been stalked befor by a girl who was trying to get me to go over to "See her dads 55 belair"
Originally Posted by tiwee
Met her once at a restraunt (she was the waitress) the next time my buddys and I went (we shot pool every friday) she confessed her love to me (had met her for 30 minutes to an hour the first time we went) We hadnt even talked to her other than make our orders and a thank you on occasion. Scared the cr*p out of me.
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February 12th, 2010 06:34 PM
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February 12th, 2010 06:48 PM
Sad and infuriating. I just wonder why the judge refused the restraint order and what must be going through his mind now.
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February 12th, 2010 09:49 PM
I hate to see this kind of a thing happening to anyone, but she was old enough to have a permit...and a little snubbie would have been so much more effective than a court order.IMHO
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February 13th, 2010 08:38 AM
I have to agree with Retsupt here. The restraint order could have only done so much in protecting here, it should have been given anyways, but then the police have to be close enough to enforce it when he breaks it. A sad story indeed.
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February 13th, 2010 08:46 AM
RO is worth less than the paper it cost to print it on (just think how much that little paper would cost to produce). Money better spent on training, weapons, bullets, in this case.
February 13th, 2010 08:48 AM
I've been thinking about this. She gave him her email instead of a phone number. With the various internet sites these days (facebook, myspace, etc), the email probably gave him an easier means to stalk her than a phone number would have.... Dont give out your damn information.(period)
I notice how a few of you mentioned a firearm wouldnt have saved her. But can you deny the fact that a firearm AND training wouldnt have? After all, training should come with a firearm right fellas....
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February 13th, 2010 11:48 AM
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February 13th, 2010 12:49 PM
RO is not worthless at all. There's no guaranteeing it will have any effect, but if issued early on you may be able to have the stalker arrested before it escalates into something disastrous. Carrying a weapon is no guarantee either as you can always be caught by surprise. Both are good to have. A RO gives you legal options while a weapon gives you last resort options.
Originally Posted by Rustynuts
February 13th, 2010 01:18 PM
mind if I ask, "have the stalker arrested before it escalates"
Originally Posted by Phantoms
arrested for what?
the police need to see the person violating the order to arrest them.
or you need video. even then good luck with that.
I am of the opinion that a RO is a paper trail. it does NOTHING to help keep anyone safe. It is just another item in a string of things that can be used after the fact.
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February 13th, 2010 02:24 PM
It is truely sad. Once again our justice system failed to protect the innocent. Having a CCW may have been the answer, it sure could not have hurt. RO are just a piece of paper as far a security is concerned. Remember, the police are not required to protect us. They do their best, but remember when seconds count, the police are only minutes away.
February 13th, 2010 10:14 PM
I agree that she was going to get killed regardless of what she did. There is not much to be done when the perp runs up shooting.
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February 14th, 2010 02:40 AM
72 page request for a restraining order, what was going on that needed 72 pages to explain.
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February 14th, 2010 05:52 AM
Yet again, here we have another crystal clear example of how such "protection orders" are utterly misnamed. They should be called "provocation brands" for all the good they do, instead acting more like hot fire brands poked in the eye of would-be felons. The pretty little papers signed and dated by everyone from here to Thule don't protect anyone, least of all the dead targets whose names are on those papers.
"A week before she died, Alissa Blanton tried to get an order of protection against a 61-year-old man she accused of bombarding her with profane e-mails, sitting outside her home and following her to her job in Orlando.
Lesson #83: If you're seeking actual protection, then find something other than "protective papers." Why? Because Life is a real game of "Rock / Paper / Scissors." In that game, "paper" loses nearly every time.
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