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NRA Suing Texas?

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Published on Dec 7, 2010

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"There is no redemption, There is no forgiveness. I will stare into your eyes as I pull the trigger and laugh as you hit the ground with your last, pathetic breath."

Reading the above quote, one might think they are preparing to read a blog about a school shooter. But the words above are those of James A. D'Cruz, an 18-year-old resident of Lubbock who is suing the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the state of Texas in federal court for the right to purchase a handgun from a federally licensed firearms dealer (FFL) and carry a loaded firearm when he leaves his home. D'Cruz says he wants a gun for protection when "shopping in certain parts of the city."

D'Cruz's co-plaintiff? The National Rifle Association (NRA). Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action, explains why the organization is challenging a 42-year-old federal law that bars handgun sales from a federally licensed dealer to those under the age of 21: "At 18 years of age, law-abiding citizens in this country are considered adults for almost all purposes and certainly for purposes of the exercise of fundamental constitutional rights." In a separate lawsuit, D'Cruz and the NRA are also targeting a 15-year-old Texas law that prohibits those under the age of 21 from carrying concealed weapons in public.

The NRA has assured the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas that "Mr. D'Cruz is a law-abiding, responsible citizen." D'Cruz's own writings, however, argue otherwise. Screen captures of his publicly accessible Facebook Wall during the period of December 2007 through November 2010 paint the portrait of a young man fascinated by death, violence, firearms, explosives, gangsters, and mass murder. The following is a sampling of messages he posted during that time:

The content and tone of these postings is similar to the musings of school shooters like Columbine killers Eric Harris ("I have a goal to destroy as much as possible so I must not be sidetracked by my feelings of sympathy, mercy," "Napalm on sides of skyscrapers and car garages blowing up from exploded gas tanks.... oh man that would be beautiful") and Dylan Klebold ("revenge is sorrow/death is a reprieve/life is a punishment"); Virginia Tech gunman Seung-Hui Cho ("I don't know which uncouth, low-life planet you come from but you disgust me. In fact, you all disgust me"); and Pearl High School shooter Luke Woodham ("I burned the church down, then, danced around it and sung 2 Nine Inch Nails songs, one called 'heresy' and another called 'terrible lie.' Then I robbed a bank and set it on fire. I love to set things on fire"). And it makes one wonder what D'Cruz is writing privately, outside the public domain. When the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence commented on his Facebook postings in a November 23 press release, D'Cruz promptly blocked public access to his Wall. D'Cruz also removed a profile pic from his page of him dressed like a gangster and holding what appears to be a submachine gun.

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