Responding to Saturday’s East Towne Mall shooting in Madison, WI, Rep. Bob Gannon lamented the presence of gun-free zones, insisting “law-abiding citizens” could “help clean society of these scumbags.”
“Wisconsin does not have a death penalty law, but with significant practice and careful aim, law-abiding citizens can help clean our society of these scumbags,” Gannon said, according to The Wisconsin State Journal. “Criminals no longer have any fear of our courts or our prisons, so it’s time that the citizens of this fine state stand up and fight back.”
Gannon said the mall shooting could have been avoided if the mall were not a gun-free zone, insisting a “gang banger in the mall with a gun is going to think twice if there could be a law abiding [concealed carry weapon] holder standing behind them fully prepared to shoot center mass.”
“This is how you’re trained to eliminate the threat these creeps pose to you, your family, and all law-abiding citizens unwillingly dragged into their public crime spree,” Gannon added.
Democratic Rep. Chris Taylor told The Journal she was “appalled” by Gannon’s call “for a vigilante uprising.”
“Representative Gannon is living in a James Bond dream world,” Taylor said. “If more guns made us safer, we would be the safest country in the world. We should be making guns like the one used at East Towne Mall more difficult to obtain for those who abuse the law.”
But Gannon defended his comments, telling Fox 6 Now his call was “not vigilantism.”
“That is self-defense,” Gannon said in an interview. “Maybe that’s too strong, but it’s my nature to say things in a strong manner to make sure people are paying attention.”
Watch the video above, via Fox 6 Now.
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