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    Man shoots self in infield at NRA 500

    I'm surprised there aren't more suicides during a NASCAR event.

    The death of a man in the infield of Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday night during the Sprint Cup Series NRA 500 has been ruled a suicide from a gunshot to the head, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's office.
    The incident happened late in the race when Kirk Franklin, 42, of Saginaw, Texas, apparently got into an argument with other campers, according to the Associated Press. Track spokesperson Mike Zizzo said Saturday night that the incident happened "in or around a pickup truck" in the infield.
    Firearms were prohibited by Texas law from being brought in to the track by fans. The NRA's sponsorship of the race came under scrutiny when it was announced earlier this year after Michael Waltrip ran a Sandy Hook benefit car at the Daytona 500 encouraging fans to text to give to Newtown, Conn. It was the NRA's first Sprint Cup Series sponsorship; it sponsored the Nationwide Series race at Atlanta Motor Speeedway in September.
    As is custom for all race sponsors, the NRA was offered the chance to buy the premium ad package from Fox Sports that would include commercial time, sponsor mentions and graphics with the race name. The NRA declined, and thus the race was presented without a sponsor on in-race graphics and the Fox broadcast mentioned the title sponsor once an hour. Earlier in the week, Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy (D) wrote a letter to Fox to ask the network not to broadcast the race.
    The NRA's sponsorship met and passed all NASCAR guidelines for sponsorship approval, but the sanctioning body said on Friday that it would take a closer look at other factors when going through its standard sponsorship approval process moving forward.
    In 2008, a fan was hit by a stray bullet at Texas Motor Speedway after a gun was shot into the air and the bullet came into her RV through the roof and landed in her arm.
    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nascar...1--nascar.html

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    In other news... 4 dead, 21 wounded in gun free zone....

    Four people were shot in two seperate shootings Sunday afternoon on the city's South Side as weekend gun violence leaves four men dead and at least 21 people injured across Chicago.

    One of the most recent shootings occurred aroud 3 p.m. Sunday when one person was shot on the city's South Side. The shooting occurred in the 3300 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue and the victim was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition, according to a tweet from Chicago Fire Media.

    Minutes later, three people were shot in the 7400 block of South Champlain Avenue, according to police news affairs.

    Two victims were taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County in critical condition, and a third was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital also in critical condition. The scene is still being investigated as of Sunday afternoon, according to police.

    The most recent fatality involved 28-year-old who was fatally shot in the back 1200 block of West 97th Street Saturday afternoon, police said. The man was identified as Larry Randle, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.

    Two 19-year-old men were also shot Saturday.

    Jonathan Santiago was shot and killed around 2:45 a.m. in the Humboldt Park neighborhood, police said.

    Later Saturday morning, Miguel Cancel was fatally shot in his vehicle in the 4200 block of West Irving Park Road in a shooting that also wounded two other passengers.

    Friday's sole homicide involved 33-year-old Kevin Sanders, who was fatally shot in the South Chicago neighborhood, according to police news affairs.

    At least eight other people were reportedly wounded in shootings across the city over the weekend.

    The shootings occurred against the backdrop of a vigil held at Federal Plaza against gun violence attended by hundreds of Chicagoans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeanPatsFan View Post
    In other news... 4 dead, 21 wounded in gun free zone....
    The NRA 500 was a gun free zone.

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    So was the theater, so was the school. Nothing like advertising! All the laws in the world won't stop this and you can bet on it. But it won't stop Obama from using the Kids and Parents as political talking points.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MnJetFan View Post
    So was the theater, so was the school. Nothing like advertising! All the laws in the world won't stop this and you can bet on it. But it won't stop Obama from using the Kids and Parents as political talking points.
    Why bother with having laws right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cr726 View Post
    Why bother with having laws right?
    They're working great in Chicago....

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