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Woman in her 90s kills her 72-year-old son for planning to put her in aged care

“You took my life, so I’m taking yours.”

By Kate Wagner
It seems like every couple of weeks, America is condemned around the world for their regressive and frankly baffling gun laws. It's often sparked by another devastating school shooting or accidental shooting of a young kid, but a recent incident has proved guns are killing America's elderly as well.
A 92-year-old woman has been arrested for shooting her 72-year-old son who wanted to move her into an aged care home.
Anna Mae Blessing had been living with her son and his girlfriend for six months and she told authorities the pair had fought on Monday morning after her son saying she was difficult to live with.
Blessing reportedly said, "You took my life, so I'm taking yours" moments after she gunned him down at their Arizona home.
Blessing told Arizona police she'd hidden two handguns in the pockets of her robe before confronting her son in his bedroom, shooting him with multiple rounds, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said in a written statement.
Blessing also admitted to police that she'd pointed the guns at her son's 57-year-old girlfriend but the woman had been able to wrestle the weapon away from her.
The suspect refused to leave the suburban Phoenix home after the attack and was sitting in a reclining chair in her bedroom when she was taken into custody.
She told police she should be "put to sleep" for her actions and that she had planned to kill herself after shooting her son.
Blessing also revealed to police she had purchased one of the weapons but the other had been gifted to her deceased husband—neither had been fired since the 1970s.
The 92-year-old appeared at her initial court appearance in a wheelchair and her bail was set at $500,000 USD ($680,000).