Sunday, November 14, 2010

Another victim of a bad mindset.

That's about the only way I'd be able to describe this:

A San Antonio man accused of stabbing a woman to death in her family's home on the Southeast Side had made unwanted romantic advances toward her in recent days, a relative told investigators.
A day before she was killed, Ofelia Alvarado, 25, told her older sister that Mario Ramirez, 25, was “creeping her out” ever since she had rebuffed him, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
Now, if society didn't subscribe (at least to an extent) to the insidious idea that "guns are bad news for women," Ms. Alvarado would have been encouraged to get herself a decent firearm and would have had no compunction about doing so. Alas, this theory seems to have taken hold in society's collective psyche and still only a small minority of women get the idea of self-defense and take that idea as far as it needs to be taken. Granted, that "small minority" is but a guess on my part -- it may well be more women than I think, and I do hope that is the case -- but considering the frequency with which such stories show up in pretty much any newspaper you'd care to name, I am not so optimistic it isn't.

On another note, why is it that no one talks about "knives (being) bad news for women"? These killings happen often as not by stabbing or slashing, it seems...