The doubling down on Mall of America’s gun ban after threats of terrorism have sparked harsh criticism from Second Amendment advocates and at least one Minnesota lawmaker.
In response to a direct terrorist threat, one of America’s largest malls reminded its patrons – with signs throughout – to leave their guns at the door if they choose to visit.
“The situation with the Mall of America is completely ridiculous. It is just the opposite of what they should be doing. If we’re threatened with an attack of any kind, the last thing you ever want to do is disarm citizens.” State Rep. Tony Cornish, R-Minn., said in a statement about the policy.
Cornish who served in law enforcement and the National Guard, chairs the House Public Safety Committee, and his frustration over the misguided policy was palpable when he spoke with Elizabeth Hasselbeck on “Fox and Friends.”
“They’re always talking about crossfire and somebody getting hurt and the Wild West. That’s hypocrisy. People should be allowed to defend themselves,” he said.
Cornish said that he “doesn’t see the downside” when it comes to law abiding citizens being armed.
“What’s the alternative? Sit there and watch somebody open up with an AK and maim and injure dozens of people?”
Cornish echoes the sentiment of many Americans who do not feel particularly safe these days, and would prefer to exercise their Second Amendment right should they need it.
“By disarming everybody, they’re telling the terrorists or a would-be robber that this is a gun-free zone and these are a bunch of unarmed sheep,” he said.
“The only thing that the Mall of America is telling [innocent people] to do is to run, hide and scream. And that’s just not acceptable for Americans.”
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