Nothing is funny when a person loses their life at another person’s hand. But sometimes the irony of an incident cannot go unnoticed. None of this is a joke, but it proves how people who claim guns are problems find out the hard way if they had a gun or if someone around them carried a gun, their life may have been spared.
Such is the situation for this poor lady, Rachelle Bergeron, whose passion for keeping guns at bay by traveling thousands of miles around the world to preach about how no one should own guns found herself shot because she did not own a gun.
Bergeron was a staunch defender of gun control and worked in Yap, a small Pacific island where only police and the carried guns, or so they thought. Criminals carried guns while the people on the island were not allowed to have them.
Rachelle Bergeron was a Wisconsin native and was shot and killed while running with her dog at the young age of 33. She was killed on October 14, and authorities have found and captured their suspects on Monday. The authorities in the Federated States of Micronesia have charged two suspects with the murder of Bergeron, which horrified the island where 12,000 people reside.
According to local law enforcement and the FBI, the men were plotting to kill Bergeron for more than a month. The authorities are not saying if it was her line of work which got her killed, but speculation from the people on the island believes it to be the motive behind Bergeron’s death. The director of youth and civic affairs for Yap State, Constantine Yowbalaw, told reporters, “It was a very shocking event. She was an advocate for the marginalized here. She was a part of the Yap family, and everybody is quite taken with this case.”
When Bergeron graduated from law school, she worked in Washington, New York, and India. She took on the cases of victims who were taken by human and sex trafficking. Bergeron moved to Yap, which is southwest of Guam and only has two flights in and out of the island per week. She worked in a law office with three people and took on cases of human rights, which were known as “the worst aspects of island life.”
There were cases she took on, which no one else would touch. Bergeron once told Cook Island News, concerning 34 immigrants who were wanted by the locals to be adopted into their culture but could not because of the state law on immigration, “I don’t think that the situation was handled very well, particularly after there was a restriction on even visitations to the men. There was little oversight in terms of giving them food, access to medical care, and shelter.
The topic of sex trafficking and guns were not a topic that people wanted to discuss. Former Governor of Yap State, Tony Ganngiyan, stated, “There were several incidents that kind of caused people to start talking about the law in that area, and that’s when it started to become a bigger issue. Most people supported her, but there may be that part of the community that was not happy with her work.” Both men who killed Bergeron were heavy into sex trafficking and guns.
Amos Collins, who was a friend of her family, told ABC News, “Bergeron had the most dangerous job on the island. She was a target, and she had to deal with a lot of the worst things.” Bergeron was shot three times when her husband rushed to her side and called the police. He told ABC News, “I just kind of fell by her, not really thinking about anything else. She was just crouched over and breathing really heavy.” Rachelle Bergeron was pronounced dead upon arriving at the hospital, and over 800 people attended her funeral services.
The Governor of Yap stated, “The murder of a selfless American who came thousands of miles to live among and serve our people is beyond my ability to comprehend. Her loss will be greatly felt by all who knew her. Yap’s spirit is broken by this senseless and heinous act.”
For someone who gave their life to prosecuting the worst criminals, a gun would have been the first choice to carry for safety. However, she abided by the island laws and supported and promoted them. Criminals will never put their guns away for law-abiding citizens.