State Lawmaker Says Mall of America Gun Ban is 'Completely Ridiculous'
A Minnesota lawmaker is challenging the gun policy at the Mall of America, after the al Qaeda-linked Somali terror group al-Shabaab released a video calling for the mall to be attacked.
Republican state representative Tony Cornish said that gun holders with permits should be able to take their weapons into the mall.
Currently the mall has a "no guns allowed" policy, with mall officials citing that it's private property.
Cornish, who is the chair of the House Public Safety Committee, thinks that the mall has interpreted the conceal-and-carry law wrong and now he's challenging them to change it.
"The situation with the Mall of America is completely ridiculous. The complete opposite of what they should be doing,” Cornish said. “If we’re threatened with an attack of any type, the last thing you ever want to do is disarm citizens.”
"If I were a terrorist, the first place I would look to go to inflict harm or mass causalities would be a place where people are unarmed," he added.
This morning on "Fox and Friends" Laura Ingraham sounded off (watch above) stating that she doesn't think "we should jump when the freaks with the ace bandages around their faces put out videos."
"The malls have always been soft targets in this country, before 9/11," Ingraham stated. "We're always worried about security at malls. I do believe these no gun policies, maybe they were passed with some degree of good will, but I've never thought they helped. How does that help?"
"Someone who is going to commit a crime doesn't care about a no gun policy," she added. "The only one who has to be worried about a no gun policy is a law abiding American who is trained and proficient in the use of a firearm to protect oneself or others."
Watch the video below to hear the "Outnumbered" panel discuss the gun policy at the Mall of America.