Wauwatosa Mayor Dennis McBride says the Mayfair Mall mass shooting wouldn’t have happened if the shooter had “complied” with the mall’s “strict no-gun policy.”
McBride made the comment in a press release. “Guns have no place in shopping malls or other places in which crowds of people gather. Mayfair has a strict no-gun policy. If the shooter had complied with that policy, no one would have been hurt yesterday,” he wrote.
He added, “On behalf of the community, I thank the officers of the WPD and nearby police departments for their protection of shoppers, employees, and other members of the greater Milwaukee community. ”
The mayor returned to the issue of guns in a Sunday news conference where the chief revealed a 15 year old Milwaukee teenager was in custody in connection with the mass shooting, which injured eight. McBride reiterated that Mayfair has a no-gun policy. “Mayfair has that rule and people should follow that rule. Unfortunately, there are people who break rules and laws,” he said.
“I see a deeper problem in society. Children shouldn’t have guns. Mayfair has a strict no gun policy. People should not bring guns to malls,” said the mayor.
Unfortunately, Mayfair Mall has begun its slide into desertion. After a wave of crime there several years ago, the city and mall authorities responded with aggressive measures to quell the violence. The result has been several years of the mall flourishing.
Now the City of Wauwatosa has decided to neuter its police force. They just publicly forced an officer to resign after that officer, coincidentally, shot a kid who was brandishing a gun at Mayfair.
The crooks got the message and they are back roving Mayfair Mall. Why? Because it’s a convenient place to gather where nobody will bother them too much. With the crooks back, violence will become more common and the suburban families who might spend a few hundred dollars at the mall on a nice evening will choose other destinations.
And Mayfair Mall will go the way of Northridge. It’s coming. There are a few short months for Wauwatosa to stop the slide before it gathers too much momentum. Once a reputation is gained, it is quite difficult to reverse it.