After an armed civilian acted as a Good Samaritan to stop a mass shooting just 15 seconds in, furious leftists have lost their minds over the fact that more people weren’t killed.
Elisjsha “Eli” Dicken, 22, saved lives when he shot a man who had killed three people and wounded two more in Greenwood Park Mall, according to police and local officials.
Dicken, a resident of nearby Seymour, was shopping with his girlfriend when the man began shooting, firing off 24 rounds, according to police. Dicken fired 10 rounds, injuring no one else, but killing the shooter.
While Dicken was armed legally, he has for some reason become the enemy of leftists who are seemingly upset that this hero’s actions contradict their gun control argument.
“I don’t know who needs to hear this but when a 22-year-old illegally brings a loaded gun into a mall and kills a mass shooter armed with an AR-15 after he already killed three people and wounded others is not a ringing endorsement of our implementation of the Second Amendment,” wrote Shannon Watts, founder of the gun control advocacy group Moms Demand Action.
Watts’ claim that Dicken illegally brought the gun into the mall is a flat-out lie and authorities have confirmed that to be true.
According to a report by the Washington Post, just last month, Indiana removed a permit requirement to carry a handgun in public, over objections by police officials. The author of the bill to waive the permit requirement argued that doing so would allow “Mr. and Mrs. Lawful Hoosier” to “defend themselves in public.”
Another critic, David Leavitt tweeted, “You’d never need a “Good Samaritan” with a gun at Greenwood Park Mall or at any other place if there weren’t any guns to begin with.”
He also said, “It wasn’t a “Good Samaritan” at Greenwood Park Mall. It was an armed vigilante.”
More sane individuals remain grateful that Dicken was there. Even official statements issued by the Greenwood Park Mall praise the young man.
“We grieve for the victims of yesterday’s horrific tragedy in Greenwood.” a spokesperson for the mall said in a public statement. “ Violence has no place in this or any other community. We are grateful for the strong response of the first responders, including the heroic actions of the Good Samaritan who stopped the suspect,”
Mark Meyers, the mayor of Greenwood, echoed that sentiment in his own public statement.
Meyers said, “This person saved lives tonight. On behalf of the City of Greenwood, I am grateful for his quick action and heroism in this situation.”