I don’t like guns. At all. If you’re a gun-toting NRA fanatic you might just want to save yourself the frustration and skip this post altogether. You’ve been warned.
There is a tragic/stupid story unfolding in Pennsylvania about an apparent murder-suicide involving a gun-toting soccer mom. If you’re lazy and don’t feel like reading the whole thing, allow me to break it down for you.
Meleanie and Scott Hain of Lebanon, PA were apparently having marital problems. Things came to a head this week when Scott moved out, but returned back home on Wednesday. Unfortunately, it appears reconciliation was not a top priority for Scott. The pair were found shot dead in their home, their three children in the house at the time of the incident.
This story would make the news no matter what, but the coverage is even more intense because Meleanie Hain gained 15 minutes of fame in Sept. 2008, when — for reasons unbeknownst to anyone — she attended her kid’s soccer game while carrying a loaded gun on her hip for all to see. Yup, that’s right. She was packing a loaded Glock 26 and openly displaying it in a public park during a children’s soccer game.
As you might imagine, some of the other parents were just a little uncomfortable.
To be fair, she had a valid license to carry. No one is disputing this. But nine days later, the local sheriff revoked Hain’s gun license citing a state law that gives police the authority to revoke a gun permit if the holder’s “character or reputation make him/her a danger to the public safety.” But Hain won the permit back on appeal, despite the judge scolding her for “scaring the devil out of people.” At the time of her death, Hain was involved in a lawsuit against the county sheriff.
Now, let’s get a few things straight. She wasn’t doing anything illegal. However, just because it’s legal doesn’t mean it’s right or smart.
This woman was at a fucking soccer game!!! Why on Earth is a loaded handgun necessary at a kid’s soccer game? Is the public park in Lebanon, PA a hotbed for gang activity? Was she trying to intimidate the other team? Maybe make the refs think twice about pulling out that yellow card on her son or daughter? But the fact that she’s brazenly wearing it on her hip for all to see is the most telling aspect of it all. Just like many gun nuts it’s all for show and to further her maverick, tough guy image. But how did that work out for her in the end?
And here’s my favorite part:
“Hain sued DeLeo in federal court, alleging that he violated her constitutional rights and prosecuted her maliciously when he took the permit away. She said that because of his actions her baby-sitting service had suffered, her children had been harassed and she had been ostracized by her neighbors in Lebanon, which has about 25,000 residents.”
Really? This woman was actually surprised that her babysitting service suffered because of a widely publicized incident involving her and a loaded weapon at a kids game?? I know it’s not nice to speak ill of the dead, but this woman sounds like she was an ignorant lunatic. What parent in his right mind would ever allow a gun-wielding soccer mom to watch his kids??? And what was the name of Meleanie Hain’s babysitting service? Locked & Loaded Daycare?
Furthermore, of course she was ostracized by her neighbors. Again, you’re carrying a loaded weapon during an event for children. There appeared to be ZERO danger and I can’t think of one single reason for her to have a loaded gun. So why is she surprised about being ignored by neighbors? Sorry, but the crazy woman with a gun is at the bottom of the list of people I’d like to invite over for a backyard BBQ.
Look, I’m fully aware there are responsible gun owners out there. And I’m all for upholding the 2nd amendment. If you want to have a gun then get it legally, follow all the safety precautions and — most important — exercise some damn common sense! Do I think it’s a good idea? No. Would I ever have a gun in my house with a child present? No. And it’s especially tough for me because two of my best friends are in the military and I’m sure they have guns at their house. They are responsible and well trained. But I would still be uncomfortable having Will in a place where there are guns. That’s just me.
But there’s a stark difference between a trusted friend with military training and leaving your kid with a renegade soccer mom who packs heat at the park for no good reason other than to incite controversy.
And, let’s not forget, she was killed by the very same weapon she was fighting so hard to maintain. Despite the NRA and all the right wing rhetoric, guns do kill people. It’s tragic what happened to the Hain family and I can’t imagine what those poor kids are going through. However, I can’t help but think this might’ve been prevented if the Hains — who were clearly not stable enough to have a license to carry — were unarmed.