FL Gun Group Gives Service Dog to Drive-By Victim

"Members of the Tampa Bay Gun Runners along with Davien Martinez, a five-year-old Bradenton boy wounded during a drive-by shooting last year. Members of the gun club raised more than $14,000 to purchase a service dog for the young boy." (caption and phot courtesy heraldtribune.com)

“A stray bullet hit [five-year-old] Davien Martinez during a drive by shooting last year in Manatee County,” myfoxtampabay.com reports. “‘This little piece is a piece of skull that is still logged in his brain,” [Diana] Lopez pointed out. The bullet entered his head and lodged in his jaw. It tore through Davien’s optic nerve and left him blind in his right eye. The scars of his injuries are still visible physically and emotionally. ‘Right now he gets impulses and he doesn’t have that safety filter,’ she said. Lopez said he suffers from PTSD, anxiety and mood issues.” The drive-by victim’s caregivers recommended a service dog. The family didn’t have the required $14k. Enter the ironically named (unless you work for the ATF) Tampa Bay Gun Runners club . . .

It is a phone call Diana Lopez prayed would come.

“I was a little shocked at first,” she said.

Who the call came from was a bigger surprise.

“It kind of clicked that maybe these are good people that have guns. Not all gun owners are bad,” she said.

On the other end of the call was the Tampa Bay Gun Runners club.

They call themselves a gun club with a family friendly atmosphere.

They offered their assistance in helping the family purchase a service dog for her son, Davien Martinez.

“I never knew people could be so kind to strangers somebody they don’t even know,” she said.

A firearms-oriented group that’s kind to strangers. Who’d a thunk it? I can’t wait to see the MSNBC report on this act of generosity — because I’d die waiting.