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Texas Rep. Responds to Mall Shooting: 'Law-Abiding Citizens Should Carry ... Know How to Defend Yourself'

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Republican Rep. Pat Fallon of Texas said on Saturday that Americans should carry firearms to protect themselves from active shooters following a mass shooting at a Texas mall.

The shooting at the Allen Premium Outlets in Allen, Texas, a suburb of Dallas, left nine people dead, including the shooter, while seven others were taken to area hospitals. A police officer on the scene engaged and stopped the shooter, local law enforcement said.

“I really think law-abiding citizens should carry. Particularly when … training is not required because, as you said constitutional carry, but getting some training isn’t a bad idea to know the laws and also know how to defend yourself and others properly and within the confines of the law,” Fallon, who represents a congressional district near the location of the shooting, told Fox News host Lawrence Jones. “Unfortunately, there are some places that are gun-free zones where they tell law abiding citizens, you better not bring your firearm.”

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“But of course, criminals, by definition, are outlaws. They are outside the law and act outside the law,” Fallon continued. “So … the maximum way to be safe is to arm yourself and know how to use a firearm and support law enforcement.”

Armed citizens stopped six active shooters in 2021, according to an FBI report. A Crime Prevention Research Center study noted that 34.4 percent of active shooters were stopped by armed citizens.

Alex Coker, a police officer and firearms instructor, supported Fallon’s call for citizens to get training and carry firearms.

“You have a right to … bear arms, that’s our Second Amendment, a constitutional right to … protect yourself,” Coker told Jones. “But you’ve got to have a way to mark yourself because when you pull that gun out as a concerned patriot, you know, concealed patriot, what have you just become? You’ve just became a man with a gun. You have to have a way to identify yourself, to mark yourself … as a good guy with a gun versus a bad guy with a gun.”

“That officer had to make a split-second decision to know is that a good guy or a bad guy with a gun,” Coker continued.

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