Lars Larson on Safety at the Mall

It’s about time we talked about making the malls of America safe.

It’s amazing in this day and age as we head into the holiday season that you have to worry about whether you’re safe when you go to a shopping mall to shop for Christmas presents, and yet it’s true. You saw what happened in Nebraska.

A man walks in with a rifle and there is one key factor about that mall that makes it different from most of the places in the Pacific Northwest and around the country. While Nebraska residents are allowed to carry a concealed weapon, as most states in America allow, that mall had marked itself a gun-free zone.

You think that’s a good idea, right? No, because the bad guys will always bring their guns in. If you keep all the good guys from carrying guns, as Dr. John Lott, the man who wrote “More Guns, Less Crime”, has always said, “If you prohibit the law abiding citizen from carrying guns in situations like that, then the bad guy with the gun will be able to have the advantage. That man did. Eight people died. Five people were wounded.

It’s time to take another look at that. It’s time for the private malls that have the right to ban concealed carry to reconsider those ridiculous policies.