WHY I CARRY: Man is Beaten to Death by Teenagers With Hammers in St. Louis

December 1 2014
by GSL Staff
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Here is another one of our “Why I Carry” stories. These stories, unlike our defensive gun use stories, take a look at situations that may have turned out very differently if the victim(s) had been armed. These stories are the “other side of the coin” so to speak and serve as an important reminder as to why it’s important to take responsibility for your own personal safety.

A Florida resident, Zemir Begic, was beaten to death by teenagers armed with hammers this weekend in St. Louis.

According to a local Fox affiliate:

An investigation determined that Begic was in his car when several juveniles came up on foot and began to strike the car. Begic got out and the four suspects began yelling at him and hitting him with hammers. After the assault, the four ran away.

Two were caught and taken into juvenile custody. Police are still searching for two others, a 16-year-old black male and a 15-year-old Hispanic.

Begic was taken to a local hospital where he died of his injuries.

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Begic was of Bosnian descent and his death has sparked outrage and even protests in the strong Bosnian community in St. Louis. However, community leaders assure the public and law enforcement that they have no intentions of rioting or destroying their own community.

As always, I have to point out that a firearm may or may not have helped prevent or stop this crime. However, I prefer to have options whenever possible over simply begging for my life. Actually. You know what? I always put this disclaimer in the Why I Carry stories, but in this case I’m pretty sure a firearm properly carried and deployed by Begic would have leveled the playing field quite a bit.

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