Leftists are fighting back against the accolades being heaped on Elisjsha Dicken, alleging that he was not a “Good Samaritan.”
On July 19, 2022, Breitbart News reported that Dicken was being praised by cops, mayors, and the very mall where Sunday’s attempted mass shooting took place—Greenwood Park Mall. He had his pistol on him as a result of constitutional carry and was able to engage and eventually kill the attacker before he could continue with his planned atrocity.
The phrase “a Good Samaritan” was frequently used in praise for Dicken. But some on the left are angry that Dicken was armed and ready and handled things himself.
“You would never need a “Good Samaritan” with a gun at Greenwood Park Mall or anywhere else if there weren’t any guns to start with,” David Leavitt tweeted.
“It was not a ‘Good Samaritan’ at the Greenwood Park Mall,” he added. It was an armed vigilante, in his opinion.
Justin Kollar, a traffic reporter for CBS 4 Indianapolis, said:
The term “Good Samaritan” comes from a Bible verse about a man from Samaria that stopped on the roadside to assist someone who had been injured and was unappreciated. I can’t believe we are living in a world where the phrase “Good Samaritan” applies equally to someone that *kills* someone… my God.
Shannon Watts, a Bloomberg-backed leader of Moms Demand Action, tweeted:
“The National Rifle Association will not inform you that defensive gun use is rare, and statistics demonstrate that criminal carry laws raise crime and homicide rates in the states where they’re implemented. Most importantly, these deadly legislations boost firearm sales, which is why they’re pushing them.”
On February 19, 2015, criminologist Gary Kleck at Florida State University reaffirmed his estimate that there are a minimum of 760,000 defensive gun acts each year in the United States.
In the early 1990s, Klick’s statistics first became public, and no empirical refutation has yet been found.
On July 14, 2022, the Crime Prevention Research Center published a study demonstrating that during the 20-year period from December 17, 1991, to May 25, 2022, 60 times a concealed carry license holder stopped a mass shooting.
In the states of Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana (the state with the most incidents), Nebraska (with four events), Ohio (three events), Oklahoma (two events), Oregon (one event) , Pennsylvania (six events), South Carolina (four events), Tennessee(sixteen shootings) , Texas(five shootings) , Washington State, and Wisconsin, plus others had incidents where concealed permit carriers put a stop to mass shootings.