Gun Nation News: 'Stand Your Ground' Shootout in Gun Store Kills Two
January 28, 2016
Regina Zilbermints / Sun-Herald & TrueBlueMountaineer / The Daily Kos
Authorities have released the names of four people involved in a shooting at a Pearl River County gun store that left two dead and two injured. According to local press reports, gun shop owner Jason McClemore and his son, 17-year-old Jacob McClemore, were killed after an argument over a $25 bill for a gun repair escalated into a shootout with 29-year-old Michael McCool and his father, 52-year-old Audy McCool. So who is the "Good Guy With A Gun" in the situation?
Names Released in Gun Store
Shooting that Killed Father, Son
Regina Zilbermints / Sun-Herald
PEARL RIVER COUNTY (January 24, 2016) -- Authorities have released the names of all four people involved in a shooting at a Pearl River County gun store that left two dead and two injured. Jason A. McLemore, 44, the owner of McLemore Gun Shop, and his son, Jacob Edward McLemore, 17, were killed in the shooting, said Pearl River County Deputy Coroner Albert H. Lee. Both died of multiple gunshot wounds.
Audy McCool, 52, and his son Michael McCool, 29, both sustained life-threatening injuries. As of Sunday morning, Michael McCool was stable in the intensive care unit. There was no update on Audy McCool's condition, said Pearl River County Chief Deputy Shane Tucker. The shooting occurred around 3 p.m. at the gun store on Mississippi 43, Tucker said.
Jason McLemore's wife was working at the shop when the McCools entered to pick up a firearm that had been repaired. There was some sort of argument about a $25 fee, Tucker said. The woman called her husband, who arrived with their son, Tucker said. An argument ensued and the shooting began. No further details were available Sunday and Pearl River County Sheriff David Allison did not return calls.
Around Pearl River County and on social media, those who knew the McLemores described Jason McLemore as a kind and fair person to whom many brought their firearms for repairs. Jacob McLemore was talented at working with metal and leather, several said.
Outside the store, which had its front entrance boarded up with blood visible outside, several crosses and condolence cards had been left. The case remains under investigation and no charges have been filed.
"It's still under investigation. There will be lots of work to sift through the evidence collected and statements and see where that steers the investigation," Tucker said. "That will be done in the following weeks and months."
Wesley Muller and Justin Mitchell contributed to this report.
Gun Shop Owner and Son Killed in Shootout
With Customer and Son over Bill for $25
Commentary by TrueBlueMountaineer / The Daily Kos
(January 24, 2016) -- According to a story in the Picayune Item, gun shop owner Jason McClemore, and his son, 17-year-old Jacob McClemore, were killed after an argument over a $25 bill for a gun repair escalated into a shootout.
They were killed while exchanging fire with 29-year-old Michael McCool and his father, 52-year-old Audy McCool who themselves were wounded and were transported to nearby hospitals. Police at the time of this report hadn't filed charges.
So who is the "Good Guy With A Gun" in the situation? Mississippi is one of the states with a "Stand Your Own Ground" defense. Here's what I found on this Justia web site in regards to Mississippi use of defensive force law:
A person who uses defensive force shall be presumed to have reasonably feared imminent death or great bodily harm
A person who is not the initial aggressor and is not engaged in unlawful activity shall have no duty to retreat before using deadly force
Reads like either side can justifiably claim a reason for opening up on the other side. Two pair of armed angry people probably thinking that the other guy started it.
I doubt the Ammosexuals will even try to rationalize this. Just claim that it's a tragedy that some are trying to politicize and we shouldn't talk about it. But since they are always claiming that more guns would solve the problem it's hard to square that with a shootout in a gun shop. How many more guns do you need?
I think the NRA should have a new motto: "We oil guns our guns with the tears of the grieving."
Not sure that this is directly related but am going to include it anyway. This cartoon was posted a couple days ago to Facebook by a Right-Winger I know. All the more sorrowful since I know him to be an otherwise intelligent person.
What Passes for Humor
Remember that this was posted just a couple days after Martin Luther King Jr Day. It's received thousands of likes and shares with one of the top comments referring to coon hunting. Have to wonder if it's even possible to reason with such people.
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