Look out, Ask Annie, Pat Robertson — noted astrophysicist, futurist technoprogressive, climatologist, medical expert, registered dietician, and epidemiological virologist — is muscling in on your gig now, offering a child constructive advice on how to handle situations where their father draws a gun on their mother: by not calling the police.
While reaching into his mailbag, Robertson found a letter from a child, and answered the letter on air. The child asked how they should handle the situation when their abusive father drew a gun on their mother:
“Whenever my parents fight, my dad threatens my mom with his gun. Fortunately, this now means nothing to my mom, and she never goes nuts about it; she is very calm. But as a child, I get nervous and worried when this happens. Even my younger brother saw this incident. What should we do about it and him?”
Pat, as always, had something intelligent to say. He told the child that “you don’t want to get your father busted . . . but you could,” and suggested that the child speak with their mother instead of “busting” their father. Robertson said that they should “Say, ‘Mom, this thing is scaring me and I ask you, please, to get my father to have some help.'”
The advice wouldn’t be Pat’s if it weren’t generously called “questionable.” Still, he does seem to recognize the dangers of the situations involved saying that:
“One day he’s gonna pull the trigger. It doesn’t take too much if you’ve got a loaded weapon and you’re brandishing it around, ‘I’m gonna kill you,’ and the next thing you know the thing goes off. Maybe accidentally, but the mother will wind up dead. You need to do something to intervene but you’re a kid, what do you do, y’know? Your mother ought to take care of that.”
You can watch Pat give his advice in the clip below:
Children and Adults who know someone experiencing domestic abuse or are victims of domestic abuse themselves should call 911. For advice and assistance, you can call National Domestic Violence hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (TTY: 1-800-787-3224) or click here to find them online. You don’t have to live under an abuser’s thumb; there are ways out and people who can help.