Rosie O'Donnell never minces words. Part of the reason we love her, right? In supporting Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, whose mother, brother and nephew were tragically murdered in Chicago, she blamed "guns and domestic violence."
In her blog, O'Donnell wrote, "Guns and domestic violence are a lethal combination — injuring and killing women every day in the United States. A gun is the weapon most commonly used in domestic homicides. In fact, more than three times as many women are murdered by guns used by their husbands or intimate acquaintances than are killed by strangers’ guns, knives or other weapons combined. Contrary to many public perceptions, many women who are murdered are killed not by strangers but by men they know."
Those men could be husbands, ex-husbands or even stepfathers.
She also cited these stats:
• Nearly one-third of all women murdered in the United States in recent years were murdered by a current or former intimate partner. In 2000, 1,247 women, more than three a day, were killed by their intimate partners.
• Of females killed with a firearm, almost two-thirds of were killed by their intimate partners.
• Access to firearms increases the risk of intimate partner homicide more than five times more than in instances where there are no weapons, according to a recent study. In addition, abusers who possess guns tend to inflict the most severe abuse on their partners.
• In 2002, 54 percent of female homicide victims were shot and killed with a gun.
Details are still sketchy on who shot Hudson’s family.
Hudson’s mother, Darnell Donerson and brother Jason Hudson were with the Oscar winner’s nephew, Julian King, at the boy’s home in Chicago. His mother, Julia Hudson, was not in the house at the time of the murders.
Now in custody and a “person of interest” as described by police is William Barfour, who is separated from Julia Hudson.
Balfour, who spent almost seven years in prison for attempted murder, carjacking, and possession of a stolen vehicle, is now detained for questioning in connection with the killings.
On Julia Hudson’s MySpace page, she wrote, “Now because I chose to do what was natural to me and love someone, it cost me my beautiful family, my wonderful beautiful supporting mother, Darnell, my true blue baby brother, Jason, and last but never not least, my only son, Julian.”
Barfour has not been charged with anything as of today.
Meanwhile, Jennifer Hudson returned to Chicago this week from Florida where she was promoting her film, The Secret Life of Bees. The Dreamgirls Oscar-winning star also released a new CD.
Clearly, she will be singing the blues for some time.