A BOY who wrote to his governor saying he was worried about new gun laws was shot dead by a stray bullet in his home.
Artemis Rayford, 12, was playing with his presents on Christmas morning when he was hit by a bullet at his Tennessee home.
Just before going on winter break, Artemis wrote a letter to state governor Bill Lee detailing his concerns that a law that goes into effect in July 2021 would lead to more murders. in the state, according to WREG.
The law in question allows people 21 years of age or older to carry firearms, both concealed and open, without the need for a permit or safety training.
“I am a sixth grader at Sherwood High School, and it is my opinion that this new law will be bad, and people will be murdered,” Artemis wrote in her letter.
The boy’s grandmother, Joyce Newson, told the outlet that he was a smart kid, describing him as “the party man. He made the party.”
She said Artemis died in his mother’s arms.
“When he was shot, the only thing he could do was run to his mother,” she said. “It took her two days to wash the blood off her hands.”
Newson said shortly after her grandson was killed, his teacher showed them the letter he had written, which was intended for Governor Lee.
“I have read this letter two out of three times,” Newson said.
The letter explained that Artemis had participated in the Memphis Police Department’s Gang Resistance Education and Training program, which aims to prevent gang activity and violence among children.
He wrote that the group was discussing the effects the state’s new gun laws would have.
Newson says she hopes her grandson can inspire others to speak up for what they believe in and bring about positive change.
“A lot of people think, ‘I have a gun in the house. I’m safe.’ But that’s not the case,” she said.
“Because most of the time with them, who gets hurt? It’s the innocent.
“They think these guns will save them but it really isn’t. It has to be a solution other than using guns.”
There have been no arrests for the child’s death.
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