Innocent lives were undoubtedly saved on Sunday when a legally armed citizen took aim and fired at a would-be mass shooter at a shopping mall in Indiana.
Although the 20-year-old gunman did fatally shoot three victims and injure two more, he was armed with multiple guns and over 100 rounds of ammunition, meaning that the list of casualties would have almost certainly been much longer if he had not been stopped in his tracks by a heroic 22-year-old man carrying a gun of his own.
As might be expected, local authorities expressed their gratitude for the actions of Elisjsha Dicken, calling him a hero for firing the shot that took down the gunman. Despite his act of bravery, several social media users expressed their disdain upon learning that a legally armed citizen dared to use his gun to stop an active threat to an untold number of shoppers at the Greenwood Park Mall.
Several Twitter users took issue with the fact that Dicken had a firearm in the mall, which was designated as a gun-free environment. One such tweet suggested that he might have been the bad guy.
“Why did he bring a gun shopping, in a specified gun free zone?” the user wondered. “Hmm not so good by definition. What if he was there to shoot people?
A local journalist took issue with the fact that police compared the case to the biblical parable of the Good Samaritan who stopped to render aid after others had passed by an injured man.
The term, “Good Samaritan” came from a Bible passage of a man from Samaria who stopped on the side of the road to help a man who was injured and ignored.
I cannot believe we live in a world where the term can equally apply to someone *killing* someone… my God. https://t.co/0a3sgzejzD
— Justin Kollar (@kollarjustin) July 18, 2022
Another critic agreed, adding that she was “horrified to see that term used in this context.”
Yet another would only give Dicken credit for obeying the law “for a little longer than the mass shooter.”
Greenwood Police Chief James Ison cited the parable in press conferences on Sunday and Monday.
“The Good Samaritan was armed with a pistol and engaged the shooter as he stood outside the restroom area firing into the food court,” the chief said on Monday. “[Dicken] fired several rounds, striking the suspect. The suspect attempted to retreat back into the restroom [but] fell to the ground after being shot.”
Apparently, simply stopping a mass murder in progress is not enough to qualify a law-abiding gun owner for hero status according to today’s anti-gun progressives. Fortunately, it seems that the vast majority of commentators saw Dicken’s act as one of selfless bravery. He reportedly fired 10 rounds from his handgun, striking the target even as he instructed other shoppers to safely exit the food court.
As Ison concluded in his press conference on Monday: “Many more people would have died last night if a responsible, armed citizen hadn’t been present there last night.”