Eight Injured in Wisconsin Mall Shooting; 15-year-old arrested

November 24, 2020


Matthew Hoy

Last Friday night, gunshots erupted at the Mayfair Mall in Wauwatosa, Wis., leaving eight people injured. All are expected to survive. Yesterday, police arrested a 15-year-old boy for the shooting, and noted that several others had been arrested in connection with the shooting.

Wauwatosa Mayor Dennis McBride released a statement Friday evening that demonstrated just how obtuse your typical anti-Second Amendment politician can be. The statement included this paragraph that not even science can explain:

Guns have no place in shopping malls or other places in which crowds of people gather. Mayfair has a strict no-gun policy. If the shooter had complied with that policy, no one would have been hurt yesterday.

Don't anyone tell McBride that we have these things called "laws" which typically trump "policies," due to violating the former can carry with it large fines and imprisonment.

The shooter violated laws against the carrying of a firearm by a minor, assault with a deadly weapon, attempted murder and likely a few other laws that a prosecutor will undoubtedly add onto the pile, and McBride is pointing to the mall's "gun-free zone" policy?

Only anti-gun politicians and their useful idiots at places like Everytown for Gun Safety and Giffords continue to believe that gun-free zones are safer because of their signs than all of the other public spaces where carry of a firearm by law-abiding adults is legal.

Gun-free zones are soft targets. I suspect that most concealed carriers ignore gun-free zones that are backed by nothing other than a business' policy because concealed means concealed. The worst that can happen to a person with a concealed carry license if discovered by mall security is that they can be asked to leave. Defying the policy is well worth the risk if something like last Friday's attack occurs.

It would make for an interesting debate if Democrats' efforts to repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act was paired with some recent efforts to hold businesses that prohibit concealed carry license holders from carrying on their premises financially liable for violence or injury done to the license holders that could've been mitigated by legal use of their firearm.

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