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Rep. Tony Cornish Says Mall of America Would Be Safer If Shoppers Were Packing Heat

The state rep said the mall's no-guns policy "creates a kill zone of unarmed sheep for terrorists."

The state rep said the mall's no-guns policy "creates a kill zone of unarmed sheep for terrorists."

In response to the Mall of America being named in a video by terrorist group al-Shabaab over the weekend, the mall's PR team invited in a horde of local and national media to showcase its extensive security system yesterday.

Rep. Tony Cornish (R-Vernon Center) has different ideas on how to keep the mall safe. He pulled his cowboy hat on and sat down with WCCO to rail against the mall's no-guns policy.

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"The situation with Mall of America is completely ridiculous," he said. "It's just the opposite of what they should be doing. If we're threatened with an attack of any type the last thing you want to do is disarm citizens."

Cornish, an ex-police officer and chair of the House's Public Safety and Crime Prevention committee, said malls should be required to allow guns in common areas and leave it up to individual stores to ban them. He didn't return several voice mails left by City Pages yesterday.

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The mall currently has signs up all around its property banning guns.

Cornish pushed his advocacy for guns in malls even further speaking with Fox 9, saying the no-gun policy "creates a kill zone of unarmed sheep for terrorists."

As for the signs, he sarcastically joked the mall should replicate the signs in "all the languages from countries that have terrorists," so at least the terrorists can read them.

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