CREATED Aug. 25, 2013
MILWAUKEE - Andy Kochanski is the bar owner who was cleared in the shooting death of a man who, police said, was trying to rob Milwaukee’s best known polka bar.
Sunday the owner of that south side bar hosted a concealed carry class. Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke was there.
Terry Fabian attended the class with a friend. She said she admires Andy Kochanski for defending his bar from three would-be robbers. He killed one man in self-defense and wounded a second. Still, Terry is a little nervous about guns.
"I’m scared silly,” admitted Fabian. “I've never held a gun. I don't know what I’d do if I’d been in Andy’s situation."
Sheriff Clarke has been outspoken on the topic. He praised the participants for choosing to arm themselves.
“You have a duty to protect yourself and your family,” proclaimed Clarke. “But you have to be prepared."
Kochanski told TODAY’S TMJ4 he's overwhelmed by community support.
“There are people out there who saw what I went through,” says Kochanski. “And they might be motivated to buy a gun now. I’d much rather have them have the education behind that and them not just get a gun."
Others, like Anton Sieger, disagree. He believes more guns don’t decrease crime.
“It doesn't seem like necessarily someone robbing is equal to a spontaneous death penalty on the spot," said Sieger.
But Terry Fabian believes it'll give her a sense of empowerment.
“I think it'll give me a sense of control and it'll make me feel safer in the long run," added Fabian.