A suicide during this weekend's NRA 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway will likely only add to the controversy behind the National Rifle Association's title sponsorship of the NASCAR Sprint Cup race. Kirk Franklin, 42, of Saginaw, TX, shot and killed himself in the infield of the track during late stages of the race Saturday night following an argument with other race fans.

According to a report from The Huffington Post, Franklin shot himself at 10:30 PM, and his body was found in the back seat of a pickup truck. Texas law prohibits guns at the racetrack, so it isn't clear how or why Franklin smuggled the gun in to the track in the first place.


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      Kchrpm
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm guessing the "how" is pretty simple, I've only done infield parking at a road course before but there was no sort of vehicle search, I highly doubt there would be at a Nascar event with much larger attendance numbers.
      macutty
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ask a canadian gun owner why he has a gun and the typical responses are: for hunting, clay shooting or collecting. Ask the typical american gun owner why he has a gun: protection. As if some half wit who likely has less than 4hrs formal training and who's only experience is shooting beer cans or maybe a couple white tails has the necessary skills to proficiently operate a firearm in a surprised, panic situation, most often in close quarters (ie. where a semi auto rifle is useless). It's laughable at best or a sign or dillusional paranoia at worst. Either way you yankees need to come back to reality. And before you start, per capita, canadian criminals are equally as armed as american criminals...and guess where all the canadian criminals guns come from? Yep, illegaly smuggled in from the US.
      gop.hates.america
      • 1 Year Ago
      If only he had another gun to protect himself
        Taint
        • 1 Year Ago
        @gop.hates.america
        you will be downvoted into oblivion but I laughed out loud. Autoblog is right wing nowadays.
        ngiotta
        • 1 Year Ago
        @gop.hates.america
        "If only he had another gun to protect himself" If only it was you, instead of him.
      Sir Duke
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm not surprised this doesn't happen more often. Ever tried to watch an entire NASCAR race?
      peaceinmiddleeast
      • 1 Year Ago
      I took an NRA class and some of the stuff they teach is very concerning. They taught us to shoot to kill always and to always use bullets big enough and powerful to get the job done. The place was filled with right wing gun happy conspiracy theory fanatics who would not hesitate to kill for "self-defense". I purchased a gun to defend myself against other guns(I easily able to purchase in store no hassle), yet i have a healthy fear of it and hope that I never have to use it. But the cycle of violence will never end because too many Americans don't have all their marbles, yet have access to guns. Americans will continue to die because of our mentally unstable, yet pro gun culture. Every single one of you, always be aware of your surroundings and take care of yourselves.
        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        @peaceinmiddleeast
        While I'm certainly not right wing and certainly do not like the NRA I can't say I disagree with shoot to kill, however. I mean I know people always yell "shoot the guy in the leg" or think you can shoot a gun out of someones hand. Not going to happen. If you really find yourself in a position where someone is threatening your life with a gun and you actually have to fire, you better be shooting to kill. A dead person can't shoot you back. An injured person can. If a person is determined to kill you it's going to be you or them.
        Diz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @peaceinmiddleeast
        Really? Sounds like your classmates are the ones who should be fearing you. As to the likelihood of you taking an approved NRA Firearms course - I'd say the are about the same as the odds you're a brain surgeon. Which is another way of saying "zero".
        Common Sense
        • 1 Year Ago
        @peaceinmiddleeast
        You are an ignorant person. So when you say you bought a gun to protect yourself against other guns, what do you mean? Guns dont kill people, people do, so do you not believe there are evil people? It sounds as if you are more afraid of the people who are willing to "Kill" for self defense than of the evil people they are willing to kill. You are truly an idiot and I wish you luck trying to shoot to wound someone who is hell bent on assaulting you or maybe you can just fire a warning shot like Joe Biden suggests.
        Steve Mulcahy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @peaceinmiddleeast
        I don't like guns, but seriously. The only time you should hold a gun is when you intend to kill something. There are better ways to warn or disarm somebody safely if they aren't posing a direct threat to your life.
        Pj Taintz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @peaceinmiddleeast
        sounds like you didnt pay attention to the WHY part the reason you use ammo big enough and powerful enough to get the job done is so whatever you are hitting doesnt suffer. you dont want to shoot a bear for example with a simple 22, all you are doing is hurting the thing. and why do you think cops unload a full magazine when they are forced to shoot? its not because they like seeing a man with 20 bullet holes in them, its to ensure they do not shoot back sounds like you didnt take the time to learn anything at the class you went to, such a shame
          Steve Mulcahy
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Pj Taintz
          @Taint. Why shoot to disable when there are much more effective methods? The gun /should/ be a very last resort. Not something to warn people with, especially when bullet holes cost money to get treated and not everyone has healthcare here...
          Taint
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Pj Taintz
          Its good to hear people are considerate in taking other peoples lives. I'm going to shoot and kill you, but I don't want you to suffer. Why not shoot to disable? Humans are animals really. We are sick and twisted
          Diz
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Pj Taintz
          Amen.
      gop.hates.america
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Texas law prohibits guns at the racetrack" You mean that "land of the free" has laws about guns, that too in an event sponsored by a militant group?
        ngiotta
        • 1 Year Ago
        @gop.hates.america
        Sponsored by a militant group? Please... PETA and MoveOn.Org are more militant than the NRA.
          GR
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ngiotta
          Militancy is all subjective. You call PETA and MoveOn.org "militant" which makes it clear to me that you are a conservative (which is fine). gop.hates.america is obviously a liberal (also fine). Remember, one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter. PETA, NRA, MoveOn, etc. obviously fits the bill.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @gop.hates.america
        [blocked]
        Chris
        • 1 Year Ago
        @gop.hates.america
        A "militant group"? You mean like the Weather Underground Organization? I have yet to hear of the NRA going out and starting riots, or plotting the bomb the offices of politicians.
          no1bondfan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Chris
          Do you have any idea how far back you are going in time to find an example? I'll give you a hint - it is well before the birth of most of the people reading this blog. Also, they were a fringe group and just about everybody, left or right, agrees that they were a&*holes. In other words, that example was totally useless.
          Chris
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Chris
          Well, his statement the the NRA are some militant group was pretty useless. Can you think of any instances where they NRA set out to cause civil unrest, or condoned acts of violence toward innocent people? I don't know, maybe my definition of a "militant group" differs from yours.
      OptimusPrimeRib
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm waiting to hear that this was a ploy by Obama to get guns banned and turn this country into a monarchy. Wouldn't be the first time.
        Stamina
        • 1 Year Ago
        @OptimusPrimeRib
        Republicans/conservatives won't win another election if you guys keep spewing false statements with out any sort of facts. You alienate too many voters. You can take this advice or leave it.
          OptimusPrimeRib
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Stamina
          LOL. I'm nowhere near being a Republican. I'm just wondering when Bachman, Palin, Faux News and all of those other crazy rights might make this statement.
          Diz
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Stamina
          I'll leave it.
      ImpulseGTO
      • 1 Year Ago
      I haven't seen an intelegent comment about this yet. The guy shot himself. People do it all the time. And I can almost guarantee he was drunk. Let it go. And it's not like he did it infront of lots of ppl. He did it by himself in the confinement of his truck. He didn't open fire on a crowd of people. He kept it to himself. It really has nothing todo with government or gun control etc. it was just a guy that offed himself.
        Karl T
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ImpulseGTO
        "I haven't seen an INTELEGENT comment about this yet" The irony...
          ImpulseGTO
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Karl T
          Sorry mr. English professor.
          Karl T
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Karl T
          pssst..... over9000. A short sentence is not what \'sentence fragment\' means\'. Your English lesson for the day: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/620/1/
        Wally SirFatty
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ImpulseGTO
        "I haven't seen an intelegent comment about this yet. " And I still haven't... spelling errors notwithstanding.
        1STH
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ImpulseGTO
        you spelled intelligent wrong.
        ImpulseGTO
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ImpulseGTO
        Intelligent**
          Stamina
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ImpulseGTO
          you made sure to get that correction in before everyone jumped on you lol
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ImpulseGTO
        [blocked]
      AlBongo
      • 1 Year Ago
      NASCAR. The National Rifle Association. What's a redneck to do?
      Dreez28
      • 1 Year Ago
      So as demonstrated here. The banning of guns on the premises did nothing to prevent the suicide from happening.
        Taint
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dreez28
        Does that mean we should allow them then?
          Dreez28
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Taint
          If this person had decided to take as many people with him as he could before killing himself, who would have stopped him? How far would he have gotten before security got to him at a packed spectator event like the NRA 500? What if he successfully managed to smuggle some illegal obtained fully automatic weapons through security in his Winnebago? Two can play at a game of questions.
          m_2012
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Taint
          Yes.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dreez28
        [blocked]
      Common Sense
      • 1 Year Ago
      THis is just proof that more laws will make no difference!! People intent on doing evil will not obay them anyway. Why are we so worried about North Korea, Cant we just put up a \"No Nuke Zone\" sign? It works for guns doesnt it?
        Taint
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Common Sense
        The laws that restrict magazines are meant to slow down the amount of damage someone can do. Adam Lanza was able to shoot so many people so fast due to the amount of ammo he could carry. I wish people understood that after a tragedy like sandy hook, our commander in chief has to do something, republican or democratic. Thats normally the way things work; things go bad, and laws try to prevent them from happening.
          Pj Taintz
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Taint
          ABC has come out and said that assault rifles were not used, but hand guns nothing the government is trying to push would have prevented sandyhook, yet they are using sandy hook to push their agenda.
          Ron
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Taint
          Taint, You obviously know nothing about firearms, and how they work. The firearm he carried and the size of his magazines had zero impact; even if he had 10 round magazines it would of added no more than 20 seconds to the total time required to fire all the rounds that he did, and lets not forget that he had more than enough time, and ammunition to keep going. He killed himself while he still had over 200 rounds of un-fired ammunition on his body before police arrived. Also.. I am pretty sure having multiple firearms at a school was already illegal, as was the AR15 (in CT) he was carrying, as was his standard capacity magazines, as was shooting school children.... So if he was willing to break all those laws, how do you think yet another low on magazine size would make any difference?
          sloanm101
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Taint
          @ Taint. What if he had 10 ten-round magazines? Hell I was pretty nasty at Call of Duty, using the FN Fal; which has a ten round clip, and opted for the extra mags perk.
          IBx27
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Taint
          I can swap magazines in about 3 seconds if I have to, and I don't practice doing it. Next argument?
      Diz
      • 1 Year Ago
      About the kind of write-up I'd expect from A/B concerning guns, NRA and a suicide. As to "how" the gun got in, I'd say it got in the way any gun gets into a gun-free zone - when some whacko decides he won't honor the sign. Funny how those things work, isn't it?
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