This week in northeast Ohio, Deborah Pearl, a 53-year-old African-American wife and mother, was murdered in what one commentator, Shaun King of the New York Daily News, called a “scene out of a horror movie.”
Indeed, King’s description isn’t far from the truth.
Pearl was on her way to work early one morning, when Matthew Ryan Desha, a 29-year-old white man, ran a red light and crashed into Pearl’s car.
That is far from where the tragedy stopped, however. After Desha’s car flipped multiple times and Pearl’s car careened out of control, both individuals got out of their respective vehicles to survey the damage.
And Desha came up to Pearl aiming his 5.56-millimeter high powered assault rifle.
While screaming, Pearl quickly put her hands in the air in what would become a vain attempt to save her life. Desha fired.
Desha murdered Pearl after shooting over a dozen rounds into her body — after he crashed into her car.
“Scene out of a horror movie” is certainly an appropriate description.
Since Jan. 1, 2016, 9,504 Americans have died while staring at the end of a gun.
The rate of gun deaths in some parts of the United States is higher, and in some cases far higher, than supposedly much more violent nations such as those throughout South America and the Far East.
Politicians in the U.S. Congress have almost done something about it. “Almost” wasn’t enough to stop Desha, however.
Desha wasn’t just a random white man who happened to have a guns and death and dying fetish.
No, rather, Desha had been arrested within the past year on felony gun and drug charges.
But what happened next? He was released from custody, with his criminal history having little bearing on his ability to acquire a deadly weapon and use it on the unsuspecting Pearl.
Congressional leaders have come multiple times close to passing regulation instating a systematic background check system for American firearm purchases and licenses, one which would have put the full weight of the law toward keeping the weapon that was Deborah Pearl’s death sentence out of her killer’s hands.
But gun rights.
Watch the video report of the incident below, via the New York Daily News.
Featured Image via Screenshot from the Video.