BELLEVUE, WA â€“ The brutal attack on Milwaukee, WI Mayor Tom Barrett Saturday night near the Wisconsin State Fairgrounds shows the need for a state concealed carry statute, which the mayor opposed, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today.
Barrett was beaten by a 20-year-old man wielding a metal pipe when the mayor intervened in what was described as some type of domestic dispute. The suspect, who was arrested Sunday, was in a confrontation with an older woman, apparently the mother of his ex-girlfriend.
â€œWe applaud Mayor Barrettâ€™s heroism, and hope for his speedy recovery,â€ said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. â€œHowever, this incident clearly demonstrates how swiftly a violent and possibly deadly attack can occur and we encourage state lawmakers to take a lesson from what happened. No Wisconsin citizen should face the same kind of brutality for doing the right thing.â€
Mayor Barrett did not have a security detail, as he was attending the fair with members of his family. Gottlieb said lack of a security officer is irrelevant.
â€œAverage citizens donâ€™t travel with a security detail,â€ he observed. â€œIn a similar situation, any other Wisconsin citizen is on his or her own. A metal pipe can be a deadly weapon, and we are glad Mayor Barrett, with whom we vigorously disagree on the subject of concealed carry, was not injured more seriously.
â€œMany Wisconsin residents,â€ Gottlieb added, â€œhave strongly supported a sensible concealed carry bill. Such a law would provide a self-protection option for private citizens, including grandmothers who do not have the good fortune to have a mayor come to their assistance.
â€œThe solution to this situation is not to make sure Mayor Barrett always has the luxury of a security detail,â€ Gottlieb concluded, â€œbut to provide every Wisconsin citizen with the tools for personal protection.â€