Earlier this week, the Bangor Daily News ran this headline, “Police affidavit: Brooks man shot wife over nagging” to accompany a story about a man who shot and killed his wife because he said she was nagging him. In researching the story, I entered “kill nagging wife” in Google and was shocked how many similar stories I found.
According to this article from The Telegraph, up until 2008 barristers in the UK used persistent nagging as a defense tactic in domestic violence cases.
A story in the Orange County Local News Network earlier this year covered the trial of a man whose lawyers say “accidently” choked his mother to death. Why? She nagged him.
And then I found this radio clip from an Opie & Anthony radio show. It is several years old and WARNING it is offensive and disturbing. While discussing a news story about a man who ran over his nagging wife, the shock jocks laugh and say, “How great is that?”
Let’s be clear. Nagging didn’t kill any of the women mentioned. Violent, abusive men killed them. And let’s remember that fact as the gun lobbyists ready a fight against the ban on guns for domestic violence offenders following this week’s Supreme Court ruling on gun ownership.
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