Gun rights and gun violence activists speak out about the recent increase in gun related crimes

Gun rights and gun violence activists speak out about the recent increase in gun related crimes

Police are investigating a shooting at The Vault in Columbia. COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ) Two homicides have happened in Columbia within the past two weeks that has shined light on the growing nationwide issue of gun violence. Sgt. Brian Leer with the Boone County Sheriff’s Office said gun violence is definitely picking up. "We do see this every now and then it seems like in the spring/early summer when people start getting out more and the sun is up longer meaning people are stirring up longer," Leer said. According to the Gun Violence Archive Data, there was a rise in gun violence at the beginning of the pandemic nationwide. There were 160 shootings from Jan. 1 to April 26 in which four or more people were injured or killed, compared to just over 90 during the same period in 2020. Holly Hoechstenbach, better known as "Definitely Holly" is a gun rights activist who sees people focusing too much on the negatives of gun and not the positives. "We need more law abiding citizens being armed to protect themselves and their loved ones," Hoechstenbach said. "You hear stories of gun violence and all these bad things happening, the mass shootings, but what people don’t see as much is the stories about the grandma that was protecting herself in her house with her AR-15 or a man/woman protecting their family." Friday evening, the Mom’s Demand Action group for commonsense gun laws held a march, "to honor survivors of gun violence and demand […]

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