Chris Sparks was on his way home to walk his dog, a husky-mix named Dawson. On that drive, witnesses said Sparks exchanged words with another driver. Sparks’ red Honda Accord pulled alongside a silver Impala. The driver fired two shots into Sparks’ driver’s side door, then drove away, according to police.
The first hit him in the hand. The second went through his chest, killing him. Sparks was 36. His killer has never been identified.
Sparks was one of 77 people either injured or killed during road rage shootings in Tennessee between 2016 and 2021. Tennessee ranked second nationally in road rage shootings per 100,000 people (New Mexico was first), according to statistics published this month by Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun-control advocacy group, using data from the independent Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit formed in 2013.
Read that again: 77 people injured or dead in a 5 year period. ZOMG! We must eliminate all them awful Tennessee gun laws and follow the example of places like Chicago where 77 people injured or dead in 5 years is called ” About 2 weeks in April.”
Amazing what happens when you actually use a bit of context, right?