So a dude from Texas offed himself with a gun at an NRA sponsored NASCAR race. Of course, this is bad news for gun owners everywhere, but even worse because of the chosen venue. The NRA is already acquiring a not-so-good reputation because of its politics, but now this happens, as well.
The death occurred right around 10:30pm on April 14th at the Texas Motor Speedway. The forty two year old victim, Kirk Franklin, was found dead in a pickup, presumably in the parking lot.
Witnesses report seeing Kirk engaged in a verbal argument with other race-goers earlier in the evening. Now, there have been no reports to indicate that Franklin was inebriated, but arguing with other fans at a NASCAR event and then being found dead in a pickup points to heavy alcohol consumption, in my ever logical opinion.
First off, if this was a suicide, why did he choose the NRA race to kill himself? Was he secretly anti-gun, even though he obviously owned and carried? Was it just not a well thought out plan? It is enough to make one wonder.
Second, the article in the Huffington Post (linked to at the end of this article) reported that he was found “…in the back seat of a truck,” and not the back seat of his truck. He just picked a random unlocked vehicle, climbed into the back seat, and killed himself? If he was hammered beyond belief, maybe, but that scenario still seems odd to me.
The Huffington Post article also offers no proof it was a suicide, at all; it just claims it was one. We can assume the authorities were sure about that, but what if they weren’t? What if the folks Franklin was arguing with ended the altercation in Wild West/Mafia fashion?
In the end, all those are smaller points in the much bigger picture: There was a shooting at an NRA sponsored event. To make things worse, it was a NASCAR event. Unless you live in a bubble somewhere, you’ve no doubt heard comedians joking about the stereotypical NASCAR lovers being simple-minded, gun-toting rednecks who spend a lot of time being dizzy because of watching the cars go round and round.
Another valid point is the very obvious manipulation of that headline by HuffPost. Yes, the NRA sponsored the race, alongside fifty billion other sponsors. We could just as easily say a laundry detergent or a beer brand was responsible. I wonder how many NRA sponsored events do not end in a suicide.
We’ve got to ask ourselves these questions, America.
Link to HuffPost article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/14/nra-500-suicide_n_3082119.html