Elisjsha Dicken, the 22-year-old who saved countless lives on Sunday after neutralizing a mass shooter with his handgun, is by all sane measures a true hero in a country that desperately needs one.
But since his heroic actions contradict the carefully-cultivated left-wing narrative, a number of prominent voices have immediately risen up to demonize the young man. Case in point: the majority of the hosts on ABC’s “The View,” whose considered opinion is that Dicken just got “very lucky,” and was probably as bad as the mass shooter since he “broke the law” when he carried his gun into the mall.
It all started, naturally, with co-host Joy Behar, a noted voice of wisdom in modern America. Behar attempted to make the point that good guys with guns cannot stop bad guys with guns. Tell that to the boys who stormed the beaches of Normandy.
“They say that a good guy with a gun can control a bad guy with a gun. Well, we saw in Uvalde that that’s not true,” Behar proclaimed. Whoopi Goldberg agreed, noting the Buffalo shooting as another instance.
Lindsey Granger, the show’s token Republican, rose to the occasion and noted the obvious: “But we saw that it is true in Indiana.”
“It was true in Indiana,” Behar rejoined. “That was a lucky moment.” A few more “lucky moments” like that and mass shooters just might think twice before embarking on a shooting spree. Later in the show, co-host Sunny Hostin also claimed that Dicken was just lucky, and slandered him by suggesting he was breaking the law by carrying his gun into the mall.
“But with this good Samaritan thing,” she explained, “listen, I was trained, when I was at the Justice Department, in firearms. And I was trained in defensive firearm training. It is very hard to hit a moving target. It is hard for people that are trained to hit a moving target. It is very lucky that that good Samaritan hit that moving target in that way.”
“He had a gun permit but he wasn’t supposed to be in the mall with a gun,” Hostin insisted. “So he broke the law, even though he was a good Samaritan.”
The allegation that he broke the law is not exactly true. Police said that Dicken was carrying his gun legally and while the Greenwood Park Mall has a no-weapons policy, it is along the lines of a “no shoes, no shirt, no service.” According to Guy Relford, an Indiana attorney and firearms instructor who is a prominent voice on the state’s gun laws, told the Indy Star that such signs are simply stating a business owner’s policy.
“If a customer does not adhere to the policy, a business owner can demand that the customer leaves. And if the customer ignores that demand, the customer is now trespassing, which is an Indiana crime,” the newspaper noted.
Perhaps skill, rather than luck, had more to do with Dicken’s success in neutralizing the shooter. Dicken was obviously a very competent and cool-headed young man, and recent reports from the police indicate that he took down the gunman in just fifteen seconds, scoring eight hits out of ten shots.
Previously Police say Dicken fired 10 shots from his handgun…and that the suspect fired 22 rounds killing 3 and injuring 2 in the mall food court Sunday night.@WTHRcom
Photo Courtesy: Attorney Guy A. Relford pic.twitter.com/dAv5hy3egv
— annemariewthr (@AnneMarieWTHR) July 19, 2022
If nothing else, this shows that Dicken was anything but lucky, and—as one user on Twitter pointed out—he was able to stay cool under fire and make a snap decision that few in his position would have been capable of.
In this situation, shooter was already at step 4. By returning fire, which shooter didn’t expect, he put the shooter back at step 2. Shooter probably had to pause to re-orient, giving control of the situation to the hero. /FINhttps://t.co/SK0YJY0vGL
— 𝕯𝖊𝖆𝖙𝖍’𝖘 𝕲𝖚𝖎𝖓𝖊𝖆 𝕻𝖎𝖌 𝟒.𝟏 (@park_traffic) July 19, 2022
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