death toll at Cascade Mall could have been lower if witnesses had guns

Local gun rights advocates rallied in Olympia Saturday on the front steps of the state Capitol building, claiming that if the Cascade Mall had allowed citizens to carry their legal guns, the death toll Friday night might have been lower.

“If people were allowed to carry and they were trained, absolutely they could have possibly lowered the casualty rate,” Christina Sheppard, a guns rights advocate, said.

“Who’s going to be able to stop them if they have ill intentions? We are,” Halle said. “Armed citizens are a deterrent. Once these criminals learn that they may be facing armed citizens, they’re going to stop doing this.”



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