As Congress debates gun laws on Capitol Hill, gun violence continues and surrounding areas in the Dallas-Fort Worth area know, all too well, the kind of emotional and physical damage it can cause. Kaufman County citizens are outraged after their assistant district attorney was shot and killed walking to the county courtroom Thursday morning.
According to police, Mark Hasse was gunned down, in an apparent targeted attack. The assistant district attorney was transferred to a nearby hospital, where he later died. Although there is no hard evidence confirming any targeted attack, investigators are continuing to look into multiple leads.
Eyewitnesses said the perpetrators were driving an older silver Ford Taurus and wearing all black with a tactical-type vest. Although no one could think of any enemies, Hasse did take on many drug and gang-related cases, involving methamphetamines and white supremacists groups.
Kaufman Criminal District Attorney Mike McLelland told NBC 5, how Mark loved his job and was fully aware of the dangers. He said Hasse was a stellar prosecutor, good friend and will be missed dearly
Kaufman County Crime Stoppers are offering a reward of at least $34,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the gunman.
Anyone with information is asked to call Kaufman County Crime Stoppers at 1-877-TIPS-KCC. As always, tipsters may remain anonymous.
In response to all of the gun violence and the current debate on gun laws in Washington, Texans have responded by hitting the streets of the Fort Worth Stockyards armed with rifles and shotguns. They believe openly carrying their weapons in public is their second amendment right and the only way to detour criminals and stop senseless shootings.
More than a dozen peacefully walked through historic Fort Worth, Texas, demonstrating their constitutional rights. The group made sure to do a safety check, ensuring the weapons were empty and unloaded prior to the march.
North Richland Hills resident Andy Welch said he doesn't see why there should be a problem for a citizen to carry an open gun, if that person has passed the classes, is not a felon and doesn't have a record, than why not?
“After all, guns will always be available on the black market, so citizens need to be able to protect themselves against criminals,” Resident of Midlothian, Linda Sue said.
If anyone needs to be armed and ready against these potential criminals and mass shootings, it's teachers and educators but the question remains, how will this be effectively implemented?