Cheers to Tampa Bay gun club for assisting young gunshot victim

July 12, 2014 

Davien Martinez, 4, plays a video game at a September 2013 fundraiser at Ace's Lounge. Davien was shot by a stray bullet in a drive-by July 27.TIFFANY TOMPKINS-CONDIE/Bradenton Herald


Kudos to the Tampa Bay Gun Runners for reaching out to the family of 5-year-old Davien Martinez.

The youngster was shot in the head in July 2013 while lying in bed at home with his mother, Diane Lopez, cuddling, about to take a nap -- in a place where one should feel safe and secure.

But this is just another example of a monstrous drive-by shooting in a society where violence is all too common.

Davien suffered brain damage, blindness in one eye and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder among other conditions. His mother hopes her son's health will improve with a therapeutic service dog's devotion, but she cannot afford the high cost -- some $11,000.

Enter the Tampa Bay Gun Runners. The gun rights organization, only some 14 months in existence but with some 3,000 members statewide, has been collecting money to help Davien. A psychiatric service dog could work wonders for his future.

The Tampa Bay Gun Runners are a little more than halfway to their goal. Donations -- and updates on progress -- can be made at

Cheers to the Gun Runners for stepping up.

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