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Gun Rights Advocates React To Mall Shooting

From NW New Net­work — Gun rights advo­cates say Fri­day night’s dead­ly shoot­ing at the Cas­cade Mall in Burling­ton, Wash­ing­ton is an exam­ple of why law-abid­ing cit­i­zens should con­sid­er arm­ing them­selves and why malls and busi­ness­es shouldn’t ban firearms on the premis­es.

If there would have been a pro-Sec­ond Amend­ment per­son there that was car­ry­ing con­cealed or oth­er­wise it might not have been five (vic­tims) … It could have been dif­fer­ent,” said Pre­ston Duprie of Taco­ma who attend­ed a pre­vi­ous­ly sched­uled gun rights ral­ly Sat­ur­day after­noon at Washington’s Capi­tol in Olympia. Many of the ral­ly atten­dees, includ­ing Duprie, open­ly car­ried mil­i­tary-style rifles and pis­tols at the event.

Duprie also not­ed that many shop­ping malls are gun-free zones, a pol­i­cy he thinks mall own­ers should recon­sid­er.

Anoth­er ral­ly par­tic­i­pant named Mike, who didn’t want to give his last name, offered a sim­i­lar assess­ment.

My answer is, if any­one of those peo­ple had been armed they would have had a hun­dred per­cent bet­ter chance at stop­ping that attack, at defend­ing them­selves.”

Mike, who lives in Sam­mamish, added that he agrees peo­ple should be able to go to the mall and shop with­out fear of being shot. But he said bad things hap­pen and com­pared car­ry­ing a gun to hav­ing a fire extin­guish­er or spare tire just in case.

Part of the impe­tus for the pro-gun ral­ly at the Capi­tol was to demon­strate oppo­si­tion to a pro­posed ban on mil­i­tary-style semi-auto­mat­ic rifles and large capac­i­ty mag­a­zines recent­ly pro­posed by Wash­ing­ton Attor­ney Gen­er­al Bob Fer­gu­son.

Sup­port­ers of stricter gun laws also spoke out after the mall shoot­ing. “Gun vio­lence is pre­ventable and our com­mu­ni­ties deserve bet­ter,” said Renee Hop­kins, exec­u­tive direc­tor of the Seat­tle Based Alliance for Gun Respon­si­bil­i­ty, in a state­ment. “[W]e remain stead­fast in our com­mit­ment and actions to end the epi­dem­ic of gun vio­lence tear­ing our com­mu­ni­ties apart.”

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