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Lives Saved And Lives Taken: Two Examples Of Why The Gun Control Debate Is So Complex


Two gun owners with concealed-carry permits fought back against an armed robbery in Columbia, South Carolina. After two armed robbers entered and took cash from a barber shop on Jan. 22, the gun owners shot and killed one suspect as he made his way out of the shop. 

The Columbia Police Department is currently investigating the case, and whether the second suspect was hit by the concealed weapon owners, reports WISTV.

No injuries to the victims of the robbery were reported.

In another case in Mississippi, a confrontation involving civilians with guns turned fatal.

The owner of a gun store and his son were killed in a shootout in Picayune, Mississippi, on Jan. 23. The fatal shootout began after a disagreement over a $25 repair fee, reports NBC News.   

Two customers, also a father and son, began arguing with the owner and his son after being informed of the service fee. The confrontation escalated into a fatal shootout, which left the store owner and son dead and hospitalized the two customers. 

The issue of gun control is one of the most controversial topics in the U.S., as lawmakers struggle to respond to mass shootings across the country. 

Gun control advocates warn of the dangers posed by easy access to firearms, while conservative gun rights supporters tout the benefits of armed citizens.

On Jan. 5, President Barack Obama spoke regarding his recent executive orders to bolster background checks in firearms sales, aimed at combating gun violence.

“I believe in the Second Amendment, there written on paper, that guarantees the right to bear arms ... But I also believe that we can find ways to reduce gun violence consistent with the Second Amendment,” Obama said in the White House address. 

Republicans opposed to further background checks and restrictions on gun sales criticized the president’s executive orders.

“[Obama] knows full well that the law already says that people who make their living selling firearms must be licensed, regardless of venue.  Still, rather than focus on criminals and terrorists, he goes after the most law-abiding of citizens. His words and actions amount to a form of intimidation that undermines liberty,” said Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan  of Wisconsin in response to Obama’s address. 

Sources: CNN, NBC News, WISTV / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

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