Sunday, April 14, 2013

Man shoots himself in the head during first ever NRA sponsored NASCAR race.

Courtesy of Talking Points Memo: 

A medical examiner says a man who died in the infield during a NASCAR’s NRA 500 race at Texas Motor Speedway shot himself in the head. The event was the first NRA-branded race in NASCAR’s premier series. 

The Tarrant County medical examiner’s office on Sunday said the death of 42-year-old Kirk Franklin of Saginaw was a suicide. 

Fort Worth police have said a man who was camping in the infield died of a “self-inflicted injury” after getting into an argument with other campers. The incident happened late in the Sprint Cup race.

The great American lobby, meets the Great American sport, and ends with the great American tragedy.

Not really much more to add is there?


  1. Anonymous4:43 PM

    Wow; you can't make up stuff as stupid as the right are doing.

  2. Anonymous4:53 PM

    How does an alcohol-fueled argument/fight turn into a suicide by gunfire?

  3. Anonymous5:26 PM

    And it all occurred in the great American state of Texas. What a surprise (not).

  4. Donal5:41 PM

    Just exercising his 2nd amendment rights, dontchya know?

  5. Genie5:46 PM

    Well, this is one way to get rid of all the dumbclucks who watch Fux News. Can't imagine how anything could ever go wrong when mixing alcohol, NASCAR, and redneck hotheads in the infield. Give 'em all guns so they can quit taking up space!

  6. Anonymous6:01 PM

    I love it. The stupidest gun loving state, the stupidest organization plus the stupidest car racing...and a suicide by gun. How perfect. That is a win-win-win.

  7. Anonymous6:03 PM

    just heard about this (chenaults district)
    3 hours ago via Mobile
    Nikiski safety alert: everyone is fine, but my dad was just shot at from a driving car while leaving the Nikiski dump. Be CAREFUL out there friends and family!

    L It shot out the driver's side window of his truck...

    L We're having to wait for a trooper to come from Kasilof to check the truck but B didn't find a bullet. Someone coming from the opposite direction was holding the gun on the roof of their car from the passenger side and as they passed B's driver side window shattered. B was so focused on the gun he didn't see what kind of vehicle it was.

    "L" and "B" are an elderly couple in Nikiski.

    1. Anonymous10:59 AM

      Oh my! That's where I take my trash too!. Too bad they weren't able to get a vehicle ID, but I can see how sudden this incident was for the couple. Bless them both and happy to hear they are ok.

      ps..I'm elderly too, so I take this incident very personally!

  8. Anonymous6:06 PM

    WTF I was SURE I'd read '' at the end of this

    go gett'um cowboy.......

  9. Anonymous6:10 PM

    Wow. And the NRAs answer is even more guns? You can't write things this stupid. And I wonder if the victim is from Saginaw, MI? Wouldn't surprise me. We have the lunatic Governor, the lunatic legisaltors and a big forest militia movement up here. Keep it up NRA...your donors will soon enough shoot themselves or each other.

  10. Olivia6:19 PM

    Oh, are you saying that wasn't a feature planned by the NRA? I just figured that was the next step; a new form of entertainment.

  11. Anonymous7:06 PM

    Joe Miller 2014? Alaska Tea Partier Weighs Another Senate Bid

    After his failed Senate bid in 2010, Tea Party favorite Joe Miller is considering running against Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) next year in what he calls a choice between the "easy lies of an insider politician or the hard truth of a reformer."

    In a Sunday blog post on his website, Miller explained why he may run again, confirming speculation that he still has his eyes on Capitol Hill.

    "Serious times call for bold measures. With the re-election of Barack Obama, our very way of self-government is in peril. The Constitution is under attack, the value of human life degraded, religious liberties are threatened, the Second Amendment is increasingly in jeopardy, and the right to protection from unlawful search and seizure is giving way to a virtual surveillance State," Miller writes. "We need a candidate in 2014 who will join reformers like Rand Paul, Mike Lee, and Ted Cruz to confront President Obama, not one who will cut a deal to negotiate the terms of our surrender to his radical socialist agenda."

    Earlier this year, the National Review reported that Miller was exploring a 2014 challenge to Begich. The Alaska conservative met with National Republican Senatorial Committee chairman Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) on Capitol Hill, and stopped by his former rival Sen. Lisa Murkowski's (R-Alaska) office in what was reportedly their first meeting since the 2010 election.

    In his blog post, Miller said he has yet to make a final decision on a run, and is weighing financial support as well as conservative backing for his potential challenge to the GOP "status quo."

    "I have been a Republican for most of my adult life," Miller writes. "But I am under no illusions about the Republican Establishment’s failure to confront the problems facing the country. The status quo is not a viable option."

    Miller was the Republican nominee for the Alaska Senate seat in 2010. However, he lost the general election to fellow Republican Murkowski, who waged a successful write-in campaign after losing to Miller in the GOP primary.


    1. Anonymous3:16 AM

      Joe Miller talking about serious times that we live in.

      Sure Joe, I guess that means you can try hacking someone's password again, then lying about it.

      Sounds like the kind of lawyer and candidate people would want for Senator.

      Also too, Paylin the lunatic might endorse you, and then you'd have the Caribou Barbie Curse on your campaign.\

      Say it ain't so Joe!

  12. Anonymous7:33 PM

    O/T As usual 9th Dimension Chess, Gryphen. The left ALWAYS underestimates their president, don't they? And he ALWAYS comes through in ways that one might not expect. He's got so much political courage, it's astonishing to see.

    Obama Called Their Bluff: Republicans Admit They Are Too Scared to Cut Social Security

    You may have missed it, but over the weekend congressional Republicans admitted that they are terrified that any Social Security cuts will lead to their defeat.

    If you are paying attention to the politics of Obama’s chained CPI offer, you may have noticed that Republicans have been running away like their hair’s on fire away from his proposal.

    The reason why is that Republicans are afraid that the president is setting them up. Roll Call reported, “The debate Walden’s remarks has set off inside the GOP shows many Republicans harbor deep-seated fears about publicly supporting the entitlement cuts they supposedly back and have demanded Obama and other Democrats embrace since taking control of the House in 2011…Many GOP operatives fear Obama’s embrace of chained consumer price index, a mechanism to slow the growth of Social Security benefits over time, is a trap — a means of getting Republicans to support the policy on the record only to see Democrats savage them for it down the line.”

    The Republican strategists who suspect this are partially correct. President Obama is using Chained CPI to set up a win/win/win situation for Democrats. Republicans have to choose between raising taxes in order to get the Chained CPI, arguing for Chained CPI without the tax increase, or rejecting Chained CPI. If Republicans express any desire to cut Social Security, Democrats will savage them for it during next year’s election. If Republicans agree to raise taxes at all, the base of their party will erupt in rage. If Republicans split and some of them reject Chained CPI, it will never become law.


  13. Anonymous7:39 PM

    Miller hasn't even had a real job these past two years; obviously the usual astroturfers have been supporting his wife and six kids and will have plenty of fake teabagger Kochbucks for him in 2014 - but what makes anyone think that Alaskans will like him any better after four years of unemployment? Especially if Palin endorses him again LOL

  14. Anonymous8:24 PM

    Too bad there wasn't a specially trained armed security guard there to prevent this man from shooting himself.

  15. Anonymous8:26 PM

    Dumb and Dumber?

    1. Anonymous6:47 AM

      And even dumberer

  16. Anita Winecooler9:18 PM

    Oh, can't wait for the NRA explanation. I wonder if he had a license and passed a background check? Usually, when armed people who are drunk get into an an argument, they shoot someone else. Who paid for the autopsy, I'm guessing the NRA because no medical examiner comes up with a cause this quickly, especially a well orchestrated suicide disguised as an alcohol fueled argument. No mention of a suicide note?

  17. erica from dallas10:57 PM

    Just outside Dallas.
    Our Texas House just agreed on a bill to let students carry guns on campus.
    This is getting really odd.

  18. Anonymous11:23 PM

    Off topic.

    Sorry to report that Rick Santourum has been hospitalized for losing his shit!

  19. Yay Texas and retardation.

  20. Chella1:30 AM

    Okay. I'm as liberal and progressive as the next person, but come on. Are we really celebrating the death of a person because it proves our point that guns are dangerous? And they're saving the man committed suicide. Thats heartbreaking.

    I thought we were better than that. We are ALL human beings first.

    1. Anonymous9:08 AM

      I don't think that anyone is celebrating the person's death. Who knows yet if the man committed suicide or if it was an accident or if he was murdered? And his death would be sad no matter what the circumstances. The point is, as it always is, that guns kill and the NRA should know better than to take the positions that it continues to take on the issue.

  21. Chella1:35 AM

    I should also note that, yes, just by making guns inaccessible, the suicide rate drops. There is no chance to step back and change your mind once you pull that trigger.

    However, since new years day '12, I've know SEVEN people who have committed suicide. And not one of them used a gun. Only two left notes.

  22. Anonymous4:05 AM

    Not really news...just another day in the DFW metroplex!

  23. Anonymous6:53 AM

    Liberal here. Not celebrating the suicide, but pointing out the stupidity of nASSkkkar and some of the sponsors.

    Here's a good idea. Tens of thousands of drunk nASSkkkar fans all armed with their Second Amendment penis extensions. In the infield and in their cars. Drunks, guns, massive traffic jams, frustrated drivers and passengers, what could go wrong?

  24. Anonymous6:58 AM

    The news video states that the winner of the NRA500 gets 2 six shooters with blanks to fire. USA. USA!

  25. Anonymous7:01 AM

    I wonder how an argument turned into a suicide?

    This does not sound right.

  26. Anonymous7:40 AM

    You clearly haven't spent much time in TexAss. This isn't really news.


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