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From The Post and Courier:

Summerville man dies, N. Charleston man arrested after shootout with 13-year-old

Melissa Boughton Melissa Boughton Email @mboughtonpc | Nov 10 2015 3:47 pm

A 13-year-old Ladson boy fended off two would-be burglars by using his mother’s gun to protect himself while home alone Tuesday.

He killed one of them in an exchange of gunfire, and the second suspect was later arrested, according to the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office.

Lamar Anthwan Brown, 31, of Summerville, died at Trident Medical Center of gunshot wounds, according to Charleston County Chief Deputy Coroner Bobbi Jo O’Neal. He was dropped off at the hospital by the second suspect, Ira Bennett, after fleeing the Elderwood Drive home where the shooting took place, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Bennett, 28, of Kent Avenue in North Charleston has been charged with first-degree burglary and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

The boy was not injured in the shootout, and his mother said she is just thankful he is all right.

And now we come to the part of the story which simply has to be a factual error:

Both Bennett and Brown have extensive criminal histories, according to a check with the State Law Enforcement Division. Bennett has been convicted of assault with intent to kill, pointing a firearm at a person and third-degree burglary. He has also been convicted of possession of a controlled substance, manufacturing and distributing a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.

Brown’s convictions included six felony drug charges. He had also been convicted of unlawful carrying of a weapon, disorderly conduct and trespassing.

Given that Messrs Bennett and Brown are both convicted felons, it was against the law for either of them to have had a firearm; gun control laws in every state, including South Carolina, where this incident took place, strictly prohibit felons from having weapons, and thus neither Mr Bennett nor Mr Brown could have been armed! And when “the Sheriff’s Office reported that the man returned fire,” why they just had to be mistaken, because the alleged burglar could not have had a gun with which to return fire.

Sarcasm aside, if Hillary Clinton, Barack Hussein Obama and the rest of the Democrats had their way, Mr Brown would still be alive, because the 13-year-old wouldn’t have had a firearm available to defend his house and himself. As for the boy, well, who knows: he might be dead now, but surely, surely! that would be a small price to pay for the gun control laws which kept Messrs Bennett and Brown disarmed.
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