FLORIDA: Permitless / Constitutional Carry, Be careful what you wish for

Gov. DeSantis wants to see constitutional carry implemented in Florida

Convictions For Unlawfully Carrying Guns Skyrocket After Texas Passed Constitutional Carry

December 20, 2022

On September 1, 2021, Texas’ “permitless carry” law took effect. Since then, there have been a 550% increase in unlawful carrying of a weapon convictions. That is “convictions” not arrests.

Gov. DeSantis wants to see constitutional carry implemented in Florida

AUSTIN, Texas ― Few people are more enthusiastic about carrying handguns than Mike Cargill. The owner of Central Texas Gun Works often carries three ― two concealed, plus one holstered outside his belt.

He’s also enthusiastic about handgun education. Even after the Republican-dominated state legislature passed a “constitutional carry” law, which allows Texans to carry handguns both openly and concealed without getting a license, Cargill kept teaching classes and range qualifications for the now-optional License to Carry Program (LTC). Cargill says a license offers a lot of benefits, not least of which is helping people navigate the state’s complicated gun laws.

And since Texas became one of about half of the states in the country that view carrying a gun as a constitutional right, it looks like people are getting confused by those complicated laws. Several of Cargill’s students over the last year and a half signed up for an LTC class hoping to avoid conviction for unlawfully carrying a weapon ― usually after taking a gun somewhere they shouldn’t have.

When Cargill checked the Texas Department of Public Safety’s website, he found that his experience wasn’t an anomaly. Convictions for unlawfully carrying weapons skyrocketed in the state, from 1,049 in 2020 to nearly 7,000 last yeara spike of 550% and the highest number by far since 2016, the last year of complete data. The state adopted the constitutional carry law in September 2021.

“Yes, it’s your right to carry a gun,” Cargill said. “But you have to know how to carry that gun. If not, that’s a problem.”

No Obvious Explanation

It’s not clear why convictions for unlawfully carrying a weapon have risen so sharply. HuffPost reached out to several local law enforcement agencies asking for an answer. Few responded. Those that did hadn’t noticed the trend, though some agreed with Cargill that confusion might help account for it.

The “apparent rise in unlawful carrying cases across the state is alarming,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg wrote in an email to HuffPost.

“In Harris County, we seem to have filed more than one charge against some suspects which indicates that defendants freed on bond have been charged with the same crime more than once,” Ogg wrote. “Around the rest of the state, they may have the same problem or it could be something else, such as a lack of education about the constitutional carry laws or other laws regarding the possession of firearms.”

Although permitless carry sounds simple, gun laws are complicated. Even under the new law, places like airports, courthouses, hospitals and schools generally don’t allow weapons. Private businesses can also prohibit people from bringing in guns, either by displaying a sign or warning people verbally.

In theory, you can’t bring a gun into a place that earns more than 51% of its revenue from alcohol. But in practice, you can take a gun into a bar if the bar’s liquor license classifies it as a restaurant, which requires checking the Texas Alcohol Beverage Control’s website.

Permitless carry added a new layer of complexity by creating two classes of people allowed to carry handguns ― those with licenses and those relying on the constitution.

The most commonly cited perks of getting a license are that it allows the holder to concealed carry in most other states, and license holders only have to submit federal background checks for application and renewal, instead of every time they buy a gun.

But the law favors LTC holders in many other ways. Carrying a gun with a blood alcohol content of up to 0.08 is legal for license holders. Without one, drinking any alcohol at all while carrying a gun is illegal. An LTC exempts the license holder from the restriction on carrying a gun within 1,000 feet of a school under federal law (though bringing one inside a school building generally remains illegal).

The once-required classes explain all these details. Those carrying a gun because they read a news article saying they can, might not know, for example, unholstering a handgun while inside a car and leaving it in plain view is a crime.

Still, it’s not clear how confusion alone would translate into more gun charges. If someone’s doing a decent job concealing the handgun, they’re not likely to get caught with it.

Instead, many people are charged with unlawfully carrying a weapon only after police arrest them for something else, according to attorney Shane Phelps ― usually drinking and driving, or possession of marijuana.

The only people Phelps regularly sees with unlawfully carrying a weapon as their only charge are felons caught with guns. But Texas tallies the crime of possessing a gun despite a felony conviction separately from unlawfully carrying a weapon.

“That’s kind of a shocking statistic to me ― I don’t have an explanation for it,” Phelps said, referring to the increase in charges. “It’s really hard right now in Texas to get arrested for just carrying a weapon.”

The introduction of permitless carry may not account for the shift, given that it can take several months to cycle defendants from charging to conviction. The data increase could also be due to a historic and sustained spike in gun sales that started during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Harris County, for example, showed a clear rise in unlawfully carrying a weapon dating back to 2019, with the number of people charged more than doubling in two years to 4,454. Incomplete numbers for this year were on track to slightly exceed last year.

For the complete story, go to: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2022/12/28/states-try-curb-mass-shootings-bullets-ammo-laws/10760437002/

CONSTITUTIONAL / PERMITLESS CARRY – A good arguement

Keep in mind, it is constitutional ‘carry’ not constitutional ownership.

It is all well and good until it is your 9-year-old son, daughter, neice, nephew, grandson or granddaughter. Maybe not everyone should carry a gun in public.

Winter Haven Woman Arrested After Pulling Gun During Road Rage Incident

Winter Haven, FL – November 17, 2022

A Winter Haven woman’s response to an alledged traffic incident has her behind bars facing two felonies.

25 year-old Bonita Adams of Winter Haven) believed another driver cut her off after turning onto 6th St. from Ave. O SE.

As both vehicles stopped for a traffic light at the intersection of Ave. K SE and 6th St SE, Adams exited her vehicle with a handgun and walked to the driver’s side door of the victim’s vehicle. Adams pointed her .380 handgun at the victim’s face and stated that if the driver ever cut her off again, she (Adams) would find her and kill her. The victim’s 12 year-old child was also in the vehicle and witnessed the incident.

Officers located the vehicles in the area of 6th St. SE and Ave. C SE and made contact with Adams. Adams continued to state that the victim cut her off and told officers that she did in fact walk up to the victim while stopped at the traffic light and pointed her handgun at the victim’s face.

Adams was taken into custody and charged with Aggravated Assault With A Deadly Weapon (F.S.S. 784.021(1)(A) F3 and Exhibiting a Weapon Within 1,000 Ft of a School (F.S.S. 790.115(1) F3.


Doral Florida Road rage incident leads to police chase

Doral, Florida – November 17, 2022

FLORIDA CITY, Fla. — A driver was arrested Thursday morning after he shot someone during a traffic accident in Doral and then led police in pursuit, authorities said.

Doral Police later released images showing the incident taking place.

Video:

Lawrence Collier is facing numerous charges, including fleeing and evading police, publicly firing a firearm, attempted second-degree murder, and two counts of attempted second-degree murder of a law enforcement officer


Florida – Two children shot during Nassau County road rage incident, fathers are charged with attempted murder

Two children were rushed to the hospital after being shot Saturday on U.S. 1 after their fathers were shooting at each other during a road rage incident.

October 10, 2022

NASSAU COUNTY, Fla. — A 5-year-old girl was shot in the leg and a 14-year-old girl was shot in the back Saturday while riding in separate vehicles on U.S. 1 in Callahan just after 6 p.m. Their injuries were the result of their fathers shooting at each other during a road rage incident, Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper said Monday during a news conference.

“What is scarier than one crazy driver with a gun? Two crazy drivers with a gun,” Leeper said.

The drivers the sheriff was referring to are William Hale, 36, and Frank Allison, 43.Both men are charged with attempted murder. They didn’t know each other before the incident that a witness described as a “cat and mouse game,” Leeper said. The witness told a 911 operator that the men were driving erratically and “brake-checking” each other. That’s when a driver gets in front of another vehicle and applies the brakes.

The sheriff said a black Dodge Ram with five occupants driven by Hale of Douglas, Ga. pulled up along side the grey Nissan Murano driven by Allison of Callahan and began shouting at him to pull over.

The right front passenger in the Nissan put her hand out of the window and “flipped off” the Dodge Ram with her middle finger, Leeper said. A plastic water bottle was then tossed from the Dodge Ram into the Nissan.

Allison then grabbed his Sig Saur 45mm handgun and fired one shot at Hale’s truck before speeding away, Leeper said. The bullet went through the right rear door hitting the 5 year old in the leg.

Hale told authorities he realized his daughter was shot after Allison sped off. Hale pursued the Nissan and began firing several shots from his Glock 43 9mm handgun out of the driver’s window with his left hand, Leeper said adding that the shooter emptied the clip.

Three rounds hit the Nissan with one of the bullets going through the rear of the car striking a 14-year-old girl in the back causing her lung to collapse.


Florida – Man shoots woman’s SUV 7 times because she ‘cut him off’

SEPTEMBER 15, 2022 – The woman’s vehicle was struck seven times, according to the sheriff’s office, but she was not injured. He said he fired several rounds into the vehicle trying to hit its tires and disable it. The man faces multiple charges, including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, discharging a firearm from a vehicle and shooting into an occupied vehicle, according to the sheriff’s office. Deputies brought him to the Volusia County Branch Jail and he was given a bond of $40,000.


In September 2021, Texas enacted its ‘Constitutional Carry’ law. Below is a example of what has occured since then.

It is all well and good until it is your 9-year-old son, daughter, neice, nephew, grandson or granddaughter. Maybe not everyone should carry a gun in public.

Angry Drivers, Lots of Guns: An Explosion in Road Rage Shootings

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/12/us/road-rage-shootings-guns-texas.html
April 12, 2022 – By J. David Goodman

Need more convencing . . . .

Mother, 2 children injured in Marshall shooting
Apr 11, 2022 – MARSHALL, Texas (KETK) — A mother and her two children were injured in a shooting that occurred Sunday evening in Marshall.

3-year-old dies after shooting, Dallas police say
March 28, 2022 – Monday night, police said the child’s mother reported that the shooting was related to a road rage incident involving another sedan near a park at Whitehurst and Arbor Park.

Feb. 18, 2022 – A 4-year-old child was shot in the leg in the courtyard in front of his apartment around 4:30 p.m., according to Houston police. The shooting happened in the 600 block of Nottingham Oaks Trail.

Feb. 15, 20229-year-old girl in critical condition after being caught in crossfire during robbery at SE Houston ATM: HPD: A 9-year-old girl is in critical condition after police said she was shot by a man that had been robbed at a drive-thru ATM in southeast Houston.

Feb. 8, 20229-year-old girl shot in head while riding with family on Southwest Freeway, HPD saysAuthorities are investigating after a 9-year-old girl was shot in the head while riding with her family to the grocery store Tuesday night. Family members identified the girl as Ashanti Grant, 9.

Feb. 4, 2022‘My baby didn’t deserve this’: Mother speaks out after 11-year-old was shot to death at NE Harris Co. ApartmentThe family of an 11-year-old who was shot and killed at a northeast Harris County apartment Thursday night identified the victim as Darius Dugas, a student who attended Cobb Sixth Grade Campus. The child, affectionately called “DJ,” was shot in the parking lot of Vireo Apartments located at 12212 Tidwell Rd.

Jan. 30, 2022HPD: 7-year-old boy shot inside SW Houston apartmentA 7-year-old boy is in stable condition after being shot in the leg inside a southwest Houston apartment, Houston police said. Officers were called to assist firefighters in the 10500 block of Fondren Road near Willowbend Boulevard at around 12:10 a.m

Jan. 17, 20223 injured, including brothers ages 1 and 6, in shooting in SE Houston, HPD says: Two children and a man were injured during a shooting in southeast Houston in the 5900 block of Selinsky Road around 7 p.m. Police said they were flagged down by a vehicle with several people inside. Police said they found three people shot, one man and two siblings – a 1-year-old boy and a 6-year-old boy. The 1-year-old was shot in the arm and the 6-year-old was shot in the stomach. The man was shot in the hand at a separate location that police described as being “chaotic.”.

Dec. 5, 202111-year-old girl shot multiple times after ‘random bullets’ fly through home, HPD saysAn 11-year-old girl is expected to survive after police say bullets pierced through her family’s home, striking her several times. It happened in the 900 block of Blanchard Hill Lane near Almeda Genoa Road in southwest Houston.

Nov. 21, 20211-year-old expected to survive after drive-by shooting in southwest Houston, police sayAn investigation is underway after a 1-year-old boy was shot during a drive-by in southwest Houston, police said. Officers said it happened in the 5400 block of Renwick at 10:20 a.m. when a woman was walking home from the store with her 1-year-old son.

Nov. 20, 20214-year-old girl, woman shot after southeast Houston drive-by, HPD saysA 4-year-old girl and a 48-year-old woman were shot in southeast Houston, Houston police said. Initial details from Houston police confirmed the shooting took place in the 6900 block of Moss Rose Street. Authorities were called to the scene around 8:18 p.m.

Oct. 31, 2021Father, young child injured in road rage shooting in north Houston, police sayA man and his 1-year-old child were injured in a road rage shooting in north Houston, Houston police said. The man was driving south on I-45 near Loop 610 around 7:30 p.m. when he got into “some type of road rage altercation” with another driver, police said. At some point during the incident, the driver pulled up next to the victim and fired multiple rounds into his vehicle.

Oct. 28, 202110-year-old boy killed in accidental shooting inside vehicle in north Houston, police sayA 10-year-old boy is dead after an accidental shooting in north Houston, police say. The shooting occurred at the 8300 block of Willow Place Drive at around 12:30 p.m. Police said the 10-year-old boy’s mother sent him and his 11-year-old cousin to get something from her vehicle when the boys found a gun inside of the car.

Oct. 11, 20217-year-old shot in head at apartment complex in southeast Houston, HPD says: Houston police are investigating after a 7-year-old boy was found shot in the head at an apartment complex in southeast Houston. Houston police responded to reports of a shooting at an apartment complex located at 11810 Algonquin Drive. Police said they found the 7-year-old boy with a gunshot wound to the head. He was transported to the hospital in stable condition.

Oct. 6, 20213-year-old boy accidentally shot after gun goes off in his mother’s purse, police say: Houston police are investigating after they said a 3-year-old boy was accidentally shot when the gun in his mother’s purse went off in southeast Houston. Police said it happened in the 3800 block of Amos around 9 p.m.

CONSTITUTIONAL CARRY – A good arguement

Florida – Two children shot during road rage incident, fathers charged with attempted murder

Keep in mind, it is constitutional ‘carry’ not constitutional ownership.

It is all well and good until it is your 9-year-old son, daughter, neice, nephew, grandson or granddaughter. Maybe not everyone should carry a gun in public.

Winter Haven Woman Arrested After Pulling Gun During Road Rage Incident

Winter Haven, FL – November 17, 2022

A Winter Haven woman’s response to an alledged traffic incident has her behind bars facing two felonies.

25 year-old Bonita Adams of Winter Haven) believed another driver cut her off after turning onto 6th St. from Ave. O SE.

As both vehicles stopped for a traffic light at the intersection of Ave. K SE and 6th St SE, Adams exited her vehicle with a handgun and walked to the driver’s side door of the victim’s vehicle. Adams pointed her .380 handgun at the victim’s face and stated that if the driver ever cut her off again, she (Adams) would find her and kill her. The victim’s 12 year-old child was also in the vehicle and witnessed the incident.

Officers located the vehicles in the area of 6th St. SE and Ave. C SE and made contact with Adams. Adams continued to state that the victim cut her off and told officers that she did in fact walk up to the victim while stopped at the traffic light and pointed her handgun at the victim’s face.

Adams was taken into custody and charged with Aggravated Assault With A Deadly Weapon (F.S.S. 784.021(1)(A) F3 and Exhibiting a Weapon Within 1,000 Ft of a School (F.S.S. 790.115(1) F3.


Florida – Two children shot during Nassau County road rage incident, fathers are charged with attempted murder

Two children were rushed to the hospital after being shot Saturday on U.S. 1 after their fathers were shooting at each other during a road rage incident.

October 10, 2022

NASSAU COUNTY, Fla. — A 5-year-old girl was shot in the leg and a 14-year-old girl was shot in the back Saturday while riding in separate vehicles on U.S. 1 in Callahan just after 6 p.m. Their injuries were the result of their fathers shooting at each other during a road rage incident, Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper said Monday during a news conference.

“What is scarier than one crazy driver with a gun? Two crazy drivers with a gun,” Leeper said.

The drivers the sheriff was referring to are William Hale, 36, and Frank Allison, 43.Both men are charged with attempted murder. They didn’t know each other before the incident that a witness described as a “cat and mouse game,” Leeper said. The witness told a 911 operator that the men were driving erratically and “brake-checking” each other. That’s when a driver gets in front of another vehicle and applies the brakes.

The sheriff said a black Dodge Ram with five occupants driven by Hale of Douglas, Ga. pulled up along side the grey Nissan Murano driven by Allison of Callahan and began shouting at him to pull over.

The right front passenger in the Nissan put her hand out of the window and “flipped off” the Dodge Ram with her middle finger, Leeper said. A plastic water bottle was then tossed from the Dodge Ram into the Nissan.

Allison then grabbed his Sig Saur 45mm handgun and fired one shot at Hale’s truck before speeding away, Leeper said. The bullet went through the right rear door hitting the 5 year old in the leg.

Hale told authorities he realized his daughter was shot after Allison sped off. Hale pursued the Nissan and began firing several shots from his Glock 43 9mm handgun out of the driver’s window with his left hand, Leeper said adding that the shooter emptied the clip.

Three rounds hit the Nissan with one of the bullets going through the rear of the car striking a 14-year-old girl in the back causing her lung to collapse.


Florida – Man shoots woman’s SUV 7 times because she ‘cut him off’

SEPTEMBER 15, 2022 – The woman’s vehicle was struck seven times, according to the sheriff’s office, but she was not injured. He said he fired several rounds into the vehicle trying to hit its tires and disable it. The man faces multiple charges, including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, discharging a firearm from a vehicle and shooting into an occupied vehicle, according to the sheriff’s office. Deputies brought him to the Volusia County Branch Jail and he was given a bond of $40,000.


In September 2021, Texas enacted its ‘Constitutional Carry’ law. Below is a example of what has occured since then.

It is all well and good until it is your 9-year-old son, daughter, neice, nephew, grandson or granddaughter. Maybe not everyone should carry a gun in public.

Angry Drivers, Lots of Guns: An Explosion in Road Rage Shootings

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/12/us/road-rage-shootings-guns-texas.html
April 12, 2022 – By J. David Goodman

Need more convencing . . . .

Mother, 2 children injured in Marshall shooting
Apr 11, 2022 – MARSHALL, Texas (KETK) — A mother and her two children were injured in a shooting that occurred Sunday evening in Marshall.

3-year-old dies after shooting, Dallas police say
March 28, 2022 – Monday night, police said the child’s mother reported that the shooting was related to a road rage incident involving another sedan near a park at Whitehurst and Arbor Park.

Feb. 18, 2022 – A 4-year-old child was shot in the leg in the courtyard in front of his apartment around 4:30 p.m., according to Houston police. The shooting happened in the 600 block of Nottingham Oaks Trail.

Feb. 15, 20229-year-old girl in critical condition after being caught in crossfire during robbery at SE Houston ATM: HPD: A 9-year-old girl is in critical condition after police said she was shot by a man that had been robbed at a drive-thru ATM in southeast Houston.

Feb. 8, 20229-year-old girl shot in head while riding with family on Southwest Freeway, HPD saysAuthorities are investigating after a 9-year-old girl was shot in the head while riding with her family to the grocery store Tuesday night. Family members identified the girl as Ashanti Grant, 9.

Feb. 4, 2022‘My baby didn’t deserve this’: Mother speaks out after 11-year-old was shot to death at NE Harris Co. ApartmentThe family of an 11-year-old who was shot and killed at a northeast Harris County apartment Thursday night identified the victim as Darius Dugas, a student who attended Cobb Sixth Grade Campus. The child, affectionately called “DJ,” was shot in the parking lot of Vireo Apartments located at 12212 Tidwell Rd.

Jan. 30, 2022HPD: 7-year-old boy shot inside SW Houston apartmentA 7-year-old boy is in stable condition after being shot in the leg inside a southwest Houston apartment, Houston police said. Officers were called to assist firefighters in the 10500 block of Fondren Road near Willowbend Boulevard at around 12:10 a.m

Jan. 17, 20223 injured, including brothers ages 1 and 6, in shooting in SE Houston, HPD says: Two children and a man were injured during a shooting in southeast Houston in the 5900 block of Selinsky Road around 7 p.m. Police said they were flagged down by a vehicle with several people inside. Police said they found three people shot, one man and two siblings – a 1-year-old boy and a 6-year-old boy. The 1-year-old was shot in the arm and the 6-year-old was shot in the stomach. The man was shot in the hand at a separate location that police described as being “chaotic.”.

Dec. 5, 202111-year-old girl shot multiple times after ‘random bullets’ fly through home, HPD saysAn 11-year-old girl is expected to survive after police say bullets pierced through her family’s home, striking her several times. It happened in the 900 block of Blanchard Hill Lane near Almeda Genoa Road in southwest Houston.

Nov. 21, 20211-year-old expected to survive after drive-by shooting in southwest Houston, police sayAn investigation is underway after a 1-year-old boy was shot during a drive-by in southwest Houston, police said. Officers said it happened in the 5400 block of Renwick at 10:20 a.m. when a woman was walking home from the store with her 1-year-old son.

Nov. 20, 20214-year-old girl, woman shot after southeast Houston drive-by, HPD saysA 4-year-old girl and a 48-year-old woman were shot in southeast Houston, Houston police said. Initial details from Houston police confirmed the shooting took place in the 6900 block of Moss Rose Street. Authorities were called to the scene around 8:18 p.m.

Oct. 31, 2021Father, young child injured in road rage shooting in north Houston, police sayA man and his 1-year-old child were injured in a road rage shooting in north Houston, Houston police said. The man was driving south on I-45 near Loop 610 around 7:30 p.m. when he got into “some type of road rage altercation” with another driver, police said. At some point during the incident, the driver pulled up next to the victim and fired multiple rounds into his vehicle.

Oct. 28, 202110-year-old boy killed in accidental shooting inside vehicle in north Houston, police sayA 10-year-old boy is dead after an accidental shooting in north Houston, police say. The shooting occurred at the 8300 block of Willow Place Drive at around 12:30 p.m. Police said the 10-year-old boy’s mother sent him and his 11-year-old cousin to get something from her vehicle when the boys found a gun inside of the car.

Oct. 11, 20217-year-old shot in head at apartment complex in southeast Houston, HPD says: Houston police are investigating after a 7-year-old boy was found shot in the head at an apartment complex in southeast Houston. Houston police responded to reports of a shooting at an apartment complex located at 11810 Algonquin Drive. Police said they found the 7-year-old boy with a gunshot wound to the head. He was transported to the hospital in stable condition.

Oct. 6, 20213-year-old boy accidentally shot after gun goes off in his mother’s purse, police say: Houston police are investigating after they said a 3-year-old boy was accidentally shot when the gun in his mother’s purse went off in southeast Houston. Police said it happened in the 3800 block of Amos around 9 p.m.

CONSTITUTIONAL CARRY – A good arguement

Texas accounted for a quarter of the fatal shootings last year that were documented in the study, with 33 people killed in road rage shootings in the state, up from 18 in 2019.

Keep in mind, it is constitutional ‘carry’ not constitutional ownership.

In September 2021, Texas enacted its ‘Constitutional Carry’ law. Below is a example of what has occured since then.

It is all well and good until it is your 9-year-old son, daughter, neice, nephew, grandson or granddaughter. Maybe not everyone should carry a gun in public.

Angry Drivers, Lots of Guns: An Explosion in Road Rage Shootings

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/12/us/road-rage-shootings-guns-texas.html
April 12, 2022 – By J. David Goodman

Need more convencing . . . .

Mother, 2 children injured in Marshall shooting
Apr 11, 2022 – MARSHALL, Texas (KETK) — A mother and her two children were injured in a shooting that occurred Sunday evening in Marshall.

3-year-old dies after shooting, Dallas police say
March 28, 2022 – Monday night, police said the child’s mother reported that the shooting was related to a road rage incident involving another sedan near a park at Whitehurst and Arbor Park.

Feb. 18, 2022 – A 4-year-old child was shot in the leg in the courtyard in front of his apartment around 4:30 p.m., according to Houston police. The shooting happened in the 600 block of Nottingham Oaks Trail.

Feb. 15, 20229-year-old girl in critical condition after being caught in crossfire during robbery at SE Houston ATM: HPD: A 9-year-old girl is in critical condition after police said she was shot by a man that had been robbed at a drive-thru ATM in southeast Houston.

Feb. 8, 20229-year-old girl shot in head while riding with family on Southwest Freeway, HPD saysAuthorities are investigating after a 9-year-old girl was shot in the head while riding with her family to the grocery store Tuesday night. Family members identified the girl as Ashanti Grant, 9.

Feb. 4, 2022‘My baby didn’t deserve this’: Mother speaks out after 11-year-old was shot to death at NE Harris Co. ApartmentThe family of an 11-year-old who was shot and killed at a northeast Harris County apartment Thursday night identified the victim as Darius Dugas, a student who attended Cobb Sixth Grade Campus. The child, affectionately called “DJ,” was shot in the parking lot of Vireo Apartments located at 12212 Tidwell Rd.

Jan. 30, 2022HPD: 7-year-old boy shot inside SW Houston apartmentA 7-year-old boy is in stable condition after being shot in the leg inside a southwest Houston apartment, Houston police said. Officers were called to assist firefighters in the 10500 block of Fondren Road near Willowbend Boulevard at around 12:10 a.m

Jan. 17, 20223 injured, including brothers ages 1 and 6, in shooting in SE Houston, HPD says: Two children and a man were injured during a shooting in southeast Houston in the 5900 block of Selinsky Road around 7 p.m. Police said they were flagged down by a vehicle with several people inside. Police said they found three people shot, one man and two siblings – a 1-year-old boy and a 6-year-old boy. The 1-year-old was shot in the arm and the 6-year-old was shot in the stomach. The man was shot in the hand at a separate location that police described as being “chaotic.”.

Dec. 5, 202111-year-old girl shot multiple times after ‘random bullets’ fly through home, HPD saysAn 11-year-old girl is expected to survive after police say bullets pierced through her family’s home, striking her several times. It happened in the 900 block of Blanchard Hill Lane near Almeda Genoa Road in southwest Houston.

Nov. 21, 20211-year-old expected to survive after drive-by shooting in southwest Houston, police sayAn investigation is underway after a 1-year-old boy was shot during a drive-by in southwest Houston, police said. Officers said it happened in the 5400 block of Renwick at 10:20 a.m. when a woman was walking home from the store with her 1-year-old son.

Nov. 20, 20214-year-old girl, woman shot after southeast Houston drive-by, HPD saysA 4-year-old girl and a 48-year-old woman were shot in southeast Houston, Houston police said. Initial details from Houston police confirmed the shooting took place in the 6900 block of Moss Rose Street. Authorities were called to the scene around 8:18 p.m.

Oct. 31, 2021Father, young child injured in road rage shooting in north Houston, police sayA man and his 1-year-old child were injured in a road rage shooting in north Houston, Houston police said. The man was driving south on I-45 near Loop 610 around 7:30 p.m. when he got into “some type of road rage altercation” with another driver, police said. At some point during the incident, the driver pulled up next to the victim and fired multiple rounds into his vehicle.

Oct. 28, 202110-year-old boy killed in accidental shooting inside vehicle in north Houston, police sayA 10-year-old boy is dead after an accidental shooting in north Houston, police say. The shooting occurred at the 8300 block of Willow Place Drive at around 12:30 p.m. Police said the 10-year-old boy’s mother sent him and his 11-year-old cousin to get something from her vehicle when the boys found a gun inside of the car.

Oct. 11, 20217-year-old shot in head at apartment complex in southeast Houston, HPD says: Houston police are investigating after a 7-year-old boy was found shot in the head at an apartment complex in southeast Houston. Houston police responded to reports of a shooting at an apartment complex located at 11810 Algonquin Drive. Police said they found the 7-year-old boy with a gunshot wound to the head. He was transported to the hospital in stable condition.

Oct. 6, 20213-year-old boy accidentally shot after gun goes off in his mother’s purse, police say: Houston police are investigating after they said a 3-year-old boy was accidentally shot when the gun in his mother’s purse went off in southeast Houston. Police said it happened in the 3800 block of Amos around 9 p.m.

‘Constitutional Carry’ in Florida – Maybe it’s not such a good idea

Bear in mind, all those shown below were law abiding citizens, some very prominent citizens, until they performed the act they did.

February 14, 2022 – Orange County, Florida: Deputies arrest Emanuel Dandre Bullard after four reports of road rage incidents involving shots fired since Dec. 27th.

Eric Popper, of Deerfield Beach, Florida, fired nearly a dozen shots in what was reported as a road dispute. The shooter told the Florida Highway Patrol that he fired because he thought the other driver had a gun.

There appears to be no shortage of such incidents . . .

Stupidity is not limited to men. Women get into the act also . . . .

Woman pulls gun and waves it around in traffic following minor fender bender

Florida Road Rage Incident Results In Nearly A Dozen Shots Fired By Single Driver

Eric Popper, of Deerfield Beach, Florida, fired nearly a dozen shots in what was reported as a road dispute. The shooter told the Florida Highway Patrol that he fired because he thought the other driver had a gun.

There appears to be no shortage of such incidents . . .

Stupidity is not limited to men. Women get into the act also . . . .

Woman pulls gun and waves it around in traffic following minor fender bender