Man Shoots Himself in the Head at NRA-Sponsored NASCAR Race

Doctors say that a man who died in the infield during a NASCAR race at Texas Motor Speedway shot himself in the head.

A man committed suicide during a National Rifle Association-sponsored NASCAR race late on Saturday, local authorities said. Photo: Acyrtho Siphum/Flickr

The death of a man in the infield of Texas Motor Speedway during the Sprint Cup Series NRA 500 is reported to be a suicide from a gunshot to the head, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office.

The incident took place at the end of the race when Kirk Franklin, 42, of Saginaw, Texas, got into an argument with other fans. Track spokesperson Mike Zizzo claims that the incident happened “in or around a pickup truck” in the infield.

Police spokeswoman Cpl. Tracey Knight revealed to the media that alcohol may have been a factor which caused the incident. He went onm adding that there’re people who saw Franklin, but nobody was in danger, reports Fox News.

The news comes a week after urged Americans to pile pressure on a reluctant Congress to approve new gun control legislation that is at risk of falling victim to Washington gridlock.

He recalled last December’s slaughter of 20 small children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School as the toughest day of his presidency and added, “If we don’t respond to this, that will be a tough day for me, too.”

“We’ve got to expect more from ourselves,” he continued. “And we’ve got to expect more from Congress. We’ve got to believe that, you know, well, every once in a while we set politics aside and we just do what’s right.”

“Connecticut, this is not about me,” he said. “This is not about politics. This is about doing the right thing for all the families who are here that have been torn apart by gun violence.”

Initial momentum for tougher U.S. gun control laws sought by Obama has stalled in Congress in the face of fierce lobbying by the National Rifle Association and other gun rights groups.

No major gun legislation has passed the U.S. Congress since 1994 and the current White House guns push is in trouble.

This was not the first time the President called for soon passing gun-control measures, pleading the political world not to forget killed children and adults in the terrible Newtown shooting last year.

“Shame on us if we’ve forgotten,” the U.S. president declared last month at a White House event where he was surrounded by a dozens of relatives of  gun violence victims.

President Obama made pauses to take effect, stating: “I haven’t forgotten those kids. Shame on us if we’ve forgotten.”

“Tears aren’t enough. Expressions of sympathy aren’t enough. Speeches aren’t enough,” he went on, adding: “We’ve cried enough. We’ve known enough heartbreak. What we’re proposing isn’t radical. It isn’t taking anybody’s gun rights. It’s something that, if we are serious, we will do.”

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg had previously unveiled his plans to bankroll a $12 million television ad campaign aimed at key members in the U.S. Senate.

“These ads bring the voices of Americans – who overwhelmingly support comprehensive and enforceable background checks – into the discussion to move senators to immediately take action to prevent gun violence,” Bloomberg said in a statement issued by the group he co-founded in 2006.

The ad campaign marks a push back against the National Rifle Association, Bloomberg admitted in an interview with reporters. “The N.R.A. has just had this field to itself,” the Mayor said. “It’s the only one that’s been speaking out. It’s time for another voice.”

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