In Dundalk, Maryland, Erica Nicole Shifflett, 30, is being charged with first-degree murder, first-degree assault and other related charges after police say she pulled out a gun and shot her husband and their 7-year-old son. This is another National Rifle Association (NRA) story that you probably won’t find on their social media.
According to police, Shifflett arrived at a residence in the 7300 block of School Avenue to pick up the couple’s son. However, Shifflett and her husband started to engage in a heated argument. When the husband took their son back inside the home, police said the suspect pulled out a gun and opened fire, striking her husband in the upper body and her child in the lower body.
At that point, police said, other family members present tackled Shifflett, secured her gun, and held her down until police arrived.
Both victims were treated at the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
Police report that Shifflett is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.
This is yet another sad case the NRA would like Americans to overlook, as they ramp up their campaign to arm every American with a firearm. Over recent years, the NRA has focused on increasing gun ownership among women. Here’s one of their video ads focused increase female gun ownership.
Here are some inconvenient facts about gun violence that the NRA doesn’t want to tell you about, courtesy of futureswithoutviolence.org.
‘The presence of a firearm in a home with domestic violence can transform an argument into homicide in a fraction of a second. Firearms and domestic violence are a lethal combination – injuring and killing women, children, and bystanders every day in the United States. In one study of 25 high-income countries, the United States represented just 32% of the female population but accounted for 84% of all female firearm homicides. A gun is the weapon most commonly used in domestic homicides. In fact, more than six times as many women are murdered by guns used by their current or former intimate partners than are killed by male strangers’ guns, knives or other weapons combined.’
- 332,014 people died from guns between 2000 and 2010. That number is greater than the populations of U.S. cities such as St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and Cincinnati.
- 31,328 people died from gun violence in 2010, or roughly 1 every 17 minutes.
- A gun in the home makes homicide three times more likely, suicide up to five times as likely, and accidental death four times higher than in non-gun owning homes.
- Access to firearms increases the risk of intimate partner homicide more than five times than in instances where there are no weapons, according to a recent study. In addition, abusers who possess guns tend to inflict the most severe abuse on their partners.
- Over 40 percent of guns sold in the U.S. are done so without a background check.
In the case of Erica Nicole Shifflett, the NRA would probably argue that had her husband or another “good guy with a gun” been there; she wouldn’t have been able to shoot her husband and child. Of course, the little boy might also lose his mother in that scenario, but why let pesky facts get in the way of slick gun marketing?