Takeoff’s shooting death highlights loose gun laws in Texas

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NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – OCTOBER 29: Takeoff of Unc & Phew performs during Lil Weezyana 2022 at Champions Square on October 29, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)

Jhe hip-hop community is in utter disbelief today after news broke that rapper Migos Takeoff was fatally shot in the early hours of the morning at 810 Billiards & Bowling in Houston.

Police say three people were shot and killed at a bowling alley in downtown Houston during a private party to celebrate the holiday. Takeoff, whose real name is Kirshnik Khari Ball, was the only person killed. The unfortunate shootout reportedly took place during a dice game.

Video of the shooting surfaced on Twitter early Tuesday morning, sending fans into a frenzy trying to confirm whether the person they saw in the video lying on the ground from a gunshot wound was Takeoff. Unfortunately, it was the famous rap.

Takeoff’s shooting death raised concerns about Texas’ extremely lax gun laws and the rising homicide rate in the city of Houston.

More guns are bought in Texas than in any other state in the country. In 2021, over 1.6 million guns were purchased in Texas. That’s about one gun for every 14 adults living in the state.

“It seems now there has been a tipping point where everyone is armed,” Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez told the NYT.

So why are there so many guns in Texas? Super loose gun laws of course. To buy a handgun in Texas, you only need to be 21 years old and have no felony convictions.

A new law that took effect September 1, 2021 made it legal for Texans to carry a handgun in a public place without a carry permit (LTC). Since the law, homicide rates have increased. As of August, there had been 279 homicides in Houston this year. This time in 2021, there were 267 homicides. In 2020, there were only 205.

The license-free approach to gun laws could be adopted by other states, as Texas sets the standard for many conservative-leaning state lawmakers.

Please keep the friends and family of Kirshnik Khari Ball aka Takeoff in your prayers. His tragic death is a blow to the Hip-Hop community.

The senseless gun violence in our communities must be dealt with more vitriol or more of our kings will die before reaching their full potential.

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