Open Carry

A Cautionary Tale for Gun Toting Teens

Hunter attended James Butler Hickok High, Texas’ first open carry high school, founded by the legislature after a three month span with high school shootings.

The school banner flew above the field — crossed flintlock muskets over a red shield. A proud display of the school’s colors: Confederate crimson and gray.

Janet stared past Hunter’s shoulder. “What the f…?” The shout “mother fucker” smothered her voice. A single report echoed through the hall. Her stare, the shout, the report intersected in a quantum instant.

Two debaters passed the door, chasing the girls. They had yet to win a debate and blamed the liberals. One of them lifted his Mark 12 and released a series of short bursts. Bodies collided with the wall outside the room.

Psychologists explained that when gunfire erupts, people panic. Those who return fire are just as likely to kill someone by accident as they are to stop the real shooter. But psychologists aren’t experts on guns and their opinions carried no weight.

Barrett Cantor’s father gave gave him a Desert Eagle for his birthday. Cantor drew it from his holster to show his friends and Ledbetter thought he planned to shoot a classmate.

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