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Boy who wrote to Tennessee governor concerned about gun law killed on Christmas by stray bullet

Added 01-25-22 12:13:02am EST - “A Tennessee boy who wrote to the governor about the dangers of a new law allowing anyone over 21 to carry a handgun without training or a permit was killed by a stray bullet on Christmas morning.” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “Boy who wrote to Tennessee governor concerned about gun law killed on Christmas by stray bullet”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A Tennessee boy who wrote to the governor about the dangers of a new law allowing anyone over 21 to carry a handgun without training or a permit was killed by a stray bullet on Christmas morning.

The projectile blasted through the wall of the home that Artemis Rayford shared with his mother and 6-year-old sister as he played with his new video game – and then pierced his chest.

The boy leaped up and cried, “Momma!” then collapsed as she caught him, his older sister, Doneisha Eddings, told WJHL-TV. He died in his mother’s arms.

“When he got shot, the only thing he could do was run to his mama,” Artemis’s grandmother, Joyce Newson, 65, told WREG-TV. “It took her two days to wash the blood off her hands.”

A few days before Artemis’ Jan. 8 funeral, his teacher sent his family a photograph of the letter he had written to Gov. Bill Lee. After introducing himself as a middle-school student, he said, “it is my opinion that this new law will be bad and people will be murdered.”

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