Santa Fe unlikely to be center for gun control activism after school shooting

Santa Fe unlikely to be center for gun control activism after school shooting

Cheryl Darling sat behind the counter of Easy Cash Pawn & Jewelry off of Texas 6 about three miles south of Santa Fe High School, a rack of rifles and handguns on display for sale to her right. She reminisced about a time when no one thought twice about showing off Winchester rifles on gun racks in the back window of their pickup trucks. “Everybody had gun racks. Everybody had a rifle,” Darling said. “We’d come back from Christmas holidays, and we’d say, ‘Oh, look at my new .270 [Winchester rifle].’ Nobody ever thought about shooting anybody. We got into fights all the time, but it’s just a different mindset today I think, you know? Because we were all armed and nobody thought once about shooting their classmate.” The closest thing to gun control back then was when a teenage Darling and her boyfriend were denied entry to a nearby drive-in theater on Interstate 45 because he had a gun on the rack in his truck. “I remember him being so furious about it, ‘No way, I’m not going to leave my gun here,’” Darling recalled with a chuckle. “At the time it was kind of shocking … Now it just seems normal. It was just a different time.” To read this article in one of Houston’s most-spoken languages, click on the button below. In the wake of the May 18 mass shooting at Santa Fe High School, in which 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis is accused of killing 10 people […]

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