A newly-wed gentleman decided to hold an umbrella for his new bride as they crossed the street at Flatbush intersection to buy toothpaste in Brooklyn, New York. Little did he know that his romantic gesture would cripple him for the rest of his life.
Sam Metcalfe, 33, was hit by a stray bullet, which ripped through his kidney and stopped after hitting his spine. Metcalfe said he could not feel his legs immediately after the incident as volunteers tried to keep him alive before the medical rescue arrived. He, however, survived the ordeal, but lost his kidney, and will be wheelchair-bound for the rest of his life. A GoFundMe account was created to help him deal with his new life condition.
At the scene, witnesses saw a BMW driver open fire in broad daylight. Malcolm Amede, 18, was the target of the shooting and died on the scene after two bullets struck him. Amede was a suspected member of the Crips gang, which is responsible for various crimes in Brooklyn. The shooting was gang-related, and Metcalfe was just caught up in the crossfire.
The suspect fled the scene, but police recovered his firearm, which he dropped as he fled the scene. Witnesses described him as a five-foot-ten black male in his 20s and wearing a white bucket hat and black shirt.
The incident took place at a location described as a “shooting gallery” - like what the rest of gun-controlled New York City is becoming. The city, with some of the most stringent gun control laws, witnessed an 84.6% increase in shootings in five boroughs between January and August, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Bill de Blasio, the NYC mayor, blamed COVID-19, George Floyd protests, and removal of bail requirements for the release of offenders for the increase in crimes. New York City Council also voted to cut the police budget by $1 billion.
NYC Council speaker, Corey Johnson, and DeBlasio both agreed to the budget cuts after pressure from the Defund the Police activists. Since then, NYC recorded a 39% reduction in police arrests leading to the witnessed rise in crime in the once-great city.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing universal background checks in our state, and if left unchecked, it will not be long until we see bills like this getting traction in Austin. Texas is embarrassingly ranked 29th for gun rights, and with the help of the political elites in Austin, we will surely rank among New York, California, and Illinois if left to their own devices. Please join our fight today, and help us restore Texas' place as the standard for the U.S.
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