Mississippi gun store owner, Jason A. McLemore, and his son, Jacob, were killed over the weekend in a shootout.
They had a confrontation with two customers over a $25 firearm repair fee, according to NBC News.
The customers — also a father/son duo — were hospitalized for severe injuries, but survived the incident.
Audy McCool and his son, Michael, had gone to the store to pick up a firearm that had been dropped off for repair but became agitated when they were told it wasn’t ready and they would be charged a $25 service fee.
After a heated argument escalated, the shootout ensued.
No charges have been filed as of yet, the incident is still under investigation, but there are two men who will never be able to tell their side of the story because they’re dead.
Have we seen enough petty gun violence to finally come to a consensus on gun control?
Mississippi is a state with disturbingly lenient gun laws. The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence gives Mississippi an “F” grade for its loose laws, according to smartgunlaws.org. The state, traditionally, doesn’t require background checks before transferring guns between private parties, doesn't limit the number of guns that can be purchased at one time or restrict rifles and assault weapons.
Despite cut-and-dry evidence that more needs to be done about guns in the U.S., President Barack Obama’s hands have been repeatedly tied when trying to pass stricter gun laws nationwide until he finally took matters into his own hands with an executive order requiring more gun sellers to get licenses and more gun buyers to undergo background checks.
As these senseless acts of violence continue to claim American lives, it becomes apparent now more than ever the need for such aggressive action.
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