Antiquated gun laws that actually put this woman in more danger need to be changed. It shouldn’t take months to obtain the weapon she has every a right to have. A fast-track system for those in need of a weapon should be able to get one.
45-year-old Michael Eitel is a fugitive on the run, wanted for the very preventable murder of his former girlfriend. A violent man, he had threatened her. A law-abiding citizen, she did everything she could legally to protect herself from him.
New Jersey’s absurd, antiquated gun laws cost her her life.
When Carol Bowne felt the threat of domestic violence, the petite hairdresser took steps to protect herself.
The Berlin Township woman got a restraining order against a former boyfriend, installed security cameras and an alarm system to her home and began the months-long process of obtaining a handgun, friends said.
But it wasn’t enough.
Bowne, 39, was stabbed to death in the driveway of her Patton Avenue home on Wednesday night.
Her former boyfriend, 45-year-old Michael Eitel, was charged with her murder. Eitel, a convicted felon, was a fugitive Thursday, being sought by a U.S. Marshals Service task force.
Bowne’s death shocked her friends and neighbors, who described her as a bubbly, well-liked person. But her slaying also embittered some, who felt the system had failed to protect a woman in danger.
“She did absolutely everything she was supposed to,” said Denise Lovallo, a fellow hairdresser at O’Hara and Co. in Somerdale…