Bul­let to the head is im­pe­tus for gun bill

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE - Herman

The in­spi­ra­tion for state Rep. Ar­mando Martinez’s House Bill 2583 popped into his head on New Year’s Eve. Doc­tors later re­moved it. HB 2583 is a bill about guns. Bills about guns of­ten di­vide the House. And the Se­nate. And Amer­ica.

Martinez, D-Wes­laco, was at a New Year’s Eve cel­e­bra­tion when, out of nowhere, a bul­let en­tered his skull. “Out of nowhere,” of course, is a fig­ure of speech. All bul­lets come from some­where. And some­one.

Like all bul­lets, this one was ob­tained by some­one who wanted it to shoot at a tar­get, fire at an an­i­mal, pro­tect against a crime or per­pe­trate a crime. That cov­ers al­most every­thing you can do with a bul­let. Most of those uses are le­gal.

There’s an­other po­ten­tial use, one per­plex­ing to folks with ba­sic knowl­edge about grav­ity’s pow­er­ful and per­sis­tent force.

Best any­one can tell, the bul­let that pen­e­trated Martinez’s skull (but not his brain) was fired into the air by an uniden­ti­fied id­iot iden­ti­fied in some news sto­ries at the time as “a New Year’s Eve rev­eler.”

Why would any­one do any­thing this dumb? For the same rea­son peo­ple do any­thing that dumb, like tex­ting while driv­ing. They’ve done it a zil­lion times be­fore and noth­ing bad

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