It was that message on a T-shirt that had a man banned from the Stones River Mall on Old Fort Parkway in Murfreesboro after he refused to take it off. Some felt the wording on it was "extremely distasteful."
Bryce Myszka, 42, of Murfreesboro said it was a political statement meant to stir debate.
"I knew it would be a polarizing T-shirt," said Myszka. "It did raise eyebrows, and some people were angry."
Myszka had the shirt designed at a mall Kiosk on Saturday, a day after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT. He put the T-shirt on only to find some people staring and making comments as he walked around the mall. The shirt reads "Did your gun kill a kindergartner today?" He said he actually bought two.
"The other one (said), 'Could your gun kill a kindergartner?'" he said.
He said people misinterpreted the wording.
"I don't want to see anyone else subjected to such terror, and I'll stand up for gun control all the way," he said.
Myszka said as he listened to news about the shootings on the radio on Friday he just lost it.
"I shouldn't have to drive home two weeks before Christmas on Briley Parkway with tears rolling down my face when I hear about 20 kindergartners (being killed)," he said. "It's awful."
He said enough is enough.
"How many more schools shootings; how many more movie theatres, how many more times," he asked.
Mall officials said security officers received several complaints about that controversial T-shirt. They said Myszka's actions are a clear violation of their code of conduct.
"There was no incident, there was no disruptive activity," Myszka said. "They asked me to leave and I left."
Heather Rose, a mall spokesperson issued a statement saying:
"According to mall officials the gentleman in question was asked to vacate the premises upon refusing to cooperate with mall security after he was asked to cover a T-shirt bearing an inappropriate and disruptive phrase. Stones River Mall strictly enforces a code of conduct to ensure the safety of mall shoppers and tenants and his T-shirt and disruptive behavior was in direct violation of this code. He was arrested by police and has been banned from the shopping center."
"I'm sorry if someone took offense to a T-shirt I wore, but it's also offensive to me to have to put up with these high-powered, destructive guns that fall into the wrong hands," he said.
Myszka was arrested by Murfreesboro police for criminal trespassing, and filing a false report. He apparently lied to police about how he got to the mall. He said he will fight the charges in court.
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