Head of gun control group slams ‘myth’ of ‘good guy with a gun’, refers to Indiana hero as ‘vigilante’

The woefully detached-from-reality president of the gun control group Brady: United Against Gun Violence referred to the man who took down the shooter at a mall in Greenwood, Indiana as a “vigilante” on Monday.

A day after 22-year-old Elisjsha Dicken killed 20-year-old Jonathan Douglas Sapirman, Kris Brown posted on her organization’s Twitter account, “Here’s what we’re not going to do: continue to uplift the NRA myth of a ‘good guy with a gun.’ Let me be clear: If more guns made us safer, America would be the safest country in the WORLD. We need sensible gun laws, not vigilante safety nets. #GreenwoodMall #GunReformNow”

Dicken was in the food court when the would-be mass shooter opened fire on mallgoers. Dicken responded with his legally-carried pistol and took him down for good. Sapirmen killed three people and injured two others, according to Greenwood, Indiana Police Chief James Ison, who also said that more people would surely have died were it not for Dicken engaging the shooter.

Mark Wright, an employee in the food court told Fox 59 at the time, “As soon as we heard shots start popping off, there was at least 25-30, my guys all hit the deck.”

“It was a scary situation, I’ve got some new kids working and they were kinda traumatized by it. I never expected this here at this mall,” he added.

“It was chaos,” Mark Tillberry described in his eyewitness account from the food court. “It was like an animal kingdom in there, we just ran out of the doors at every exit. We had people going into locked gates, putting them in the back of the stores.”

Brown’s tweet drew a ton of criticism from users in the Twittersphere, who roundly lambasted her for such an obtuse perspective on gun control and mass shootings.

The gun control advocacy group calls upon “people from coast to coast, progressives, and conservatives of every race, ethnicity, and identity, to combat the epidemic of gun violence.” It was founded in 1974 and was renamed after James Brady, the press secretary of former President Ronald Reagan.

Brady was wounded and left permanently disabled following the attempted assassination of the president by John Hinkley, Jr. in 1981. Hinkley was paroled in 2016, and in 2022, a judge ruled he no longer had to abide by any court-ordered restrictions on his daily life.

Brady passed away in 2014 at the age of 73. His death was officially ruled a homicide related to the gunshot wound he sustained in 1981.

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