The latest victim of gun violence in America is the daughter of an Olympic sprinter, one of the fastest we’ve ever had in America, named Tyson Gay. Her name was Trinity Gay. She was 15 when she came out of the Cook Out restaurant in Lexington, Ky., on South Broadway near the University of Kentucky campus, at which point early Sunday morning her future Second Amendment rights did her no good at all when somebody started shooting from a nearby car.
The bullet that killed Trinity Gay hit her in the neck. In that moment it was of no consequence that she was well on her way to becoming a star sprinter herself, doing that at the same high school, Lafayette, where her father had once been a star sprinter. Her own dreams about the Olympics were of no consequence, nor were her dreams of becoming a surgeon someday, nor any part of the future the kid imagined for herself.
Trinity Gay was in the worst possible place in America: She was somewhere. She was out late, absolutely, took the bullet at around 4 in the morning outside Cook Out. But in the end the hour doesn’t matter and the neighborhood doesn’t matter. The only thing that matters is another gun in the wrong hands. That is all it took to turn South Broadway in Lexington into the most dangerous neighborhood anywhere. The line of fire in Lexington on Sunday morning was outside Cook Out.
According to police, there was a gray Dodge Charger and another sports car with tinted windows. There was an exchange of gunfire. Now we’ll never know how fast this girl was going to be, if she really was going to run all the way to the Olympics someday.
“Of course they start shootin,” she wrote on her Twitter feed a couple of hours before she was shot dead.
Of course they started shooting. This is Gun America, where one of the truly outrageous lies of this Presidential campaign is that this kind of shooting only occurs in poor neighborhoods, as if only young African-Americans walking around on the South Side of Chicago are the ones in the line of fire. And of course in the present tense of Presidential politics, you’re supposed to be sucker enough to believe that Hillary Clinton is just another Democrat who wants to take everybody’s guns away. She just wants Congress to do something.
“The scourge of gun violence is tearing apart too many families and cutting short too many promising young lives,” Gov. Cuomo said Sunday, and not for the first time. “The fact that Congress has failed to pass gun safety legislation is indefensible, and until they take action, communities across America will continue to be ravaged by senseless shootings and terrible grief.”
You are constantly told, by the National Rifle Association and all of its shills and tame politicians that the only way to solve gun violence is with more guns. You’re told that all we need in America is more armed shooters, defensive shooters, at the ready when more bad guys go on the offensive. Now you want to ask all these people how things would have been different for Trinity Gay if she somehow had been carrying a gun when she came out of that restaurant.
You can only imagine the full shout and outrage if the shooter were somebody who had come across the border illegally, and there were political hay to be made. You can only imagine the excitement if it had been a Syrian refugee, or someone with ties to Islamic terrorism.
The governor of Kentucky, a big gun guy named Matt Devin, tweeted out something about a “crumbling culture.” No, governor. Just a gun culture.
What happened to Tyson Gay’s daughter can happen anytime and anywhere, middle of the night or middle of the day. The latest wrong place at the wrong time turned out to be 855 South Broadway, Lexington, Ky., because that’s where the guns were.
The kid ran the 100 meters, same as her dad. She ran the 200 meters. She finished fourth in the 100 and fifth in the 200 at the Class 3A meet last May. She ran the 4×200 meters. She was going places, everybody in Lexington thought so. Where she went was the University of Kentucky Medical Center. Where she was pronounced dead. Another death in America that had nothing to do with borders. Just more bullets.
Hillary Clinton doesn’t want to abolish the Second Amendment, another fiction from this campaign. She doesn’t want to take away everybody’s guns. She just wants to take guns away from whoever was in that Dodge Charger in Lexington Sunday morning, the last of Trinity Gay’s life. Whoever had the gun in the sports car with the tinted windows.
Trinity Gay, 15, could run fast, same as her dad. Girl could run like the wind. Just no place for her to run on South Broadway, when it was her turn in the line of fire in America. No one, no matter how fast, can outrun that.