She helplessly watched a crazy stalker murder her husband in a gun-free zone while her firearm was out of reach, locked away in her vehicle. Nikki Goeser remembers how gun control robbed a part of her life. She is now working to ensure that Americans can defend themselves against armed criminals in gun-free zones.
Goeser met the man at one of her karaoke events, which she attended with her husband. The man became an active participant in the events and, at one time, gave a $100 tip. The man stalked her physically at the events before adding her on social media. Later, he started sending inappropriate private messages, which Goeser gracefully turned down. She shared the messages with her husband, Ben. Despite Goeser making it clear to him that she was happily married and not interested in him, the inappropriate messages escalated. Goeser had to delete and block him on social media.
Unable to stalk her on social media, the man intensified his physical stalking. He kept a low profile during the events, but still monitored the couple closely. During an event, the stalker was staring at Bens wife from the middle of the crowd for the whole time.
Ben later met him during the event where he [the stalker] initiated a conversation. Goeser’s husband told him that he was aware of the stalking and that his wife was uncomfortable with it. The stalker feigned ignorance claiming that one of his ex-girlfriends was responsible for hacking his social media account and sending the inappropriate messages.
His stalking intensified, and his demeanor became more agitated than usual. During an event, he was behaving more erratically than usual, going back and forth to the restroom. Ben’s wife walked to the management to have the man restricted from attending future events. As she walked away, the man walked up to Ben from behind.
Ben had taken over from his wife was running the equipment at the time.
When the manager approached him, the stalker excused himself to attend the restroom. The manager reminded him that he had already been to the restroom many times. He was asked to leave immediately. During that time, he pulled a .45 caliber from a holster under his jacket. On seeing the weapon, Goeser exclaimed, “I don’t have my gun.”
He lowered the firearm onto Ben’s head and pulled the trigger. He fired six more shots, instantly killing Ben. Ben’s wife had a firearm and watched the whole event take place but could not respond. The firearm was locked away in a car because, in Tennessee, such events are considered as gun-free zones.
Goeser laments that gun laws denied her a chance to save her husband.
She says that the only thing that stood between her and the criminal was the law which she obeyed, which the criminal did not. The stalker did not have a permit but was able to sneak a firearm into a gun-free zone. Goeser has written a book titled “Stalked and Defenseless: How Gun Control Helped My Stalker Murder My Husband in Front of Me.” In the book, she explains the reasons why gun-free zones are so dangerous. She says that such zones make law-abiding people defenseless while encouraging criminals to attack.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing universal background checks in our state, and if left unchecked, it will not be long until we see bills like this getting traction in Austin. Texas is embarrassingly ranked 29th for gun rights, and with the help of the political elites in Austin, we will surely rank among New York, California, and Illinois if left to their own devices. Please join our fight today, and help us restore Texas' place as the standard for the U.S.
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