Good morning ladies. Last night, my brother and I were discussing gun issues and debating the effectiveness of waiting periods. This, in a nutshell, is his argument: "Cooling off periods make sense. A cooling off period may be the only barrier between a woman and her abusive husband whose local restraining order doesn't show up on a computer check. A cooling off period will prevent crimes of passion." I asked him to support that statement. His response was along the lines of "Well, I don't have concrete examples - in those situations, no one ends up getting hurt, so it goes unreported. But it makes sense to me." I contend that waiting periods for handgun purchases have failed to reduce the crime rate, and I've got hard data to back it up. Some of the data even shows a slight increase, when crime rates are compared before and after a waiting period goes into effect. I am forced to conclude from this data that waiting periods are at best a worthless, feel-good measure implemented by politicians, showing their constituents that they are "doing something" about gun crime. At worst, they may actually contribute to deaths which otherwise would not have occurred. What I would like to do is personalize my argument with a few examples of actual cases. Instances where a woman attempted to purchase a handgun, was forced to wait the required amount of time, and was raped, assaulted or murdered in that time by the person threatening her. I've found the example of Bonnie Elmasri at GOA's website. Does anyone know of others?