What are state legislators across the country doing with concealed carry laws? They are making it easier for people to carry guns any and everywhere, including into restaurants and bars where alcohol is served. Two recent incidents of concealed carry permit holders killing inocent people highlight why pushing guns in every direction in our society is a dangerous and deadly idea.
Last week, in Houston a man fatally shot a middle schooler in the head during a road rage incident:
A man accused of killing a 13-year-old girl during a road rage incident is out of jail and has been given conditions for his release, KPRC Local 2 reported Friday.
Houston police said Richard Calderon, 24, hit the teen’s mother’s car at about 8:20 p.m. Wednesday and then left the scene.
The mother, a police officer at Texas Southern University, tried to catch up to the vehicle to get its license plate number. As she drove by the vehicle in the 14000 block of Fleetwell Drive, Calderon fired shots at her car, police said.
Alexis Wiley, 13, was shot in the head. She was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital, where she died a few hours later.
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And two weeks ago in Ohio, the Columbus Dispatch reported that a man whose “blood-alcohol level was above 0.08 percent” shot a 22-year-old woman in the abdomen, killing her:
Culbertson [the shooter] “went outside, loaded the weapon with a few rounds and fired them, then went back in the house,” the sheriff said.
When Vernon asked whether the gun was empty, Culbertson replied: “‘Let’s see.’ Then he pointed it at her, fired and hit her,” Kelly said.
Witnesses said Culbertson and Vernon did not argue before the shooting.
“I agree with that,” Kelly said. “I believe it was just carelessness with a firearm and alcohol. They do not mix.”
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Despite stories like these, state legislators in Tennessee, Arizona, and now Virginia are expanding the places people can legally carry weapons. As we allow firearms to permeate our entire culture more and more, we can unfortunately expect to see more and more of these stories.