Meleanie Hain, the woman who made national news for practicing her legal right to open carry at her child's soccer game, was shot and killed by her husband who then, by all accounts, turned the gun on himself.
But this is not about guns.
This is not about the Brady Campaign and its inevitable celebration of her death. It's not about the Second Amendment. It's not about "I told you so" or "chicks with guns" or "live by the gun, die by the gun" or "pull the trigger."
This is about a love story so toxic that no one survives...a tragic tale played out time and again in homes across the country - he abused her, she tried to leave him, and so he killed her. It's not about the tool that he used to accomplish that.
We may never know the details of what led to Meleanie's death but we do know a little about her life - a small town soccer mom who fought back when her Second Amendment rights were threatened, she braved scrutiny and derision from all sides*.
Meleanie was a pleasure to interview on Gun Nuts Radio and I'm so very glad that she had an opportunity to let herself be heard beyond all those 10-second soundbites on local news. I feel quite lucky to have been able to speak to, and learn from, her. She was a passionate, knowledgeable advocate for the right to bear arms and will be much missed in the 2A community.
In standing up for herself, she stood up for all of us.
Thank you, Meleanie, and may you rest now in peace.
* yes, even by some of our own - which led to quite a lot of healthy debate.