The past Friday, The Herald-Mail reported a story that was appallingly familiar. A man under a court order to stay away from his wife shot and killed her Jan. 1, then took his own life. By now it's apparent that for some men, a marital break-up costs them the inner strength and perspective it takes to deal with personal tragedies. By now it should be apparent that the justice system must try another way to bring such men back to reality.
Leon Carbaugh Sr. demonstrated just how far gone he was June 15, when he held a gun to his wife's head for an hour-and-a-half, withdrawing it only when she promised to return and live with him again.
After that, she sought a protective order and the Franklin County Sheriff's Department was supposed to confiscate his weapons, which included a number of shotguns, one with a sawed-off barrel, two machine guns and a small silver handgun.