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Guns Save Lives: Armed Citizen Halts Indiana Mall Shooting




Once again, a good guy with a gun has prevented a terrible tragedy. Once again, the gun banners are silently raging.

The quick actions of a legally-armed private citizen saved countless lives Sunday at a crowded Indiana shopping mall, and that courageous young man is rightfully being hailed as a hero, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today. His name is Elisjsha Dicken, and he shouldn’t ever have to pay for a Happy Meal in that food court ever again.

“While the gun prohibition lobby is remaining essentially silent,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, “we are glad to see the mayor and police chief of Greenwood, Indiana crediting the armed citizen for stopping what could have been a slaughter. Even the Greenwood Park Mall has posted a statement on its website expressing gratitude to the first responders, including what it calls the ‘heroic actions of the Good Samaritan who stopped the suspect.’

“It wasn’t the first time a good guy with a gun has stopped a bad guy,” he continued. “Last year, the FBI noted six incidents in which armed citizens intervened in mass shootings, including four where the perpetrator was killed. The gun ban lobby has long justified its push for disarming private citizens by arguing that if gun control saves just one life, it’s worthwhile. But how many lives were saved Sunday because a responsible young man was armed? All we hear from gun grabbers right now are crickets.”

Would-be mass shooters in Indiana are now on notice.

Indiana is one of 25 states where citizens don’t even need a permit to carry, Gottlieb noted. At last check, more than 1.1 million Hoosiers were licensed to carry.

“Sadly,” Gottlieb acknowledged, “three innocent people were murdered and two others were wounded, but how many more might have lost their lives had it not been for the quick reaction of a heroic armed citizen?

“Law-abiding Americans don’t carry guns to harm anyone,” he observed. “We carry guns to defend ourselves and others from criminals and crazy people in sudden emergencies as we witnessed Sunday in Indiana. In such cases, armed citizens become the first responders, and their actions underscore the continuing importance of the Second Amendment.

“We’re saddened by the loss of innocent lives,” Gottlieb concluded, “but we’re glad there was an armed citizen on the scene to prevent the tragedy from being worse. Keep in perspective that restrictive gun laws didn’t stop the killer. An armed citizen did that because the law, and the Constitution protect his right to keep and bear arms.”



  1. Dave Puckett

    July 22, 2022 at 10:49 am

    The police dept. stated they don’t care if the Mall or any other business declares a gun-free zone, the law does NOT enforce it. They’re pretty much saying responsible gun owners need not pay attention to these zones. Results are what matter. This paves the way for more lawfully armed citizens to be in public places and NOW criminals will have to think and fear there’s a good chance someone will be in the crowd ready to kill them if they try a public shooting.

  2. Doug

    July 21, 2022 at 11:12 am

    The mall owners need to rethink their no firearms policy in light of this incident.

  3. Juan B Castro

    July 20, 2022 at 5:42 pm

    Well with this info the gun grabbers are left standing in the cold with their heinous rear bare to the world! Stupid is as stupid does.

  4. Michael Ferguson

    July 20, 2022 at 5:05 pm

    The biggest problem with the ban on all guns is that the gun is only a tool and as long as I don’t pick it up it won’t hurt me or my family. Remember people guns don’t kill people, people kill people. And we know this is true everyday, you can’t wait for the police because it takes to long for them to arrive. It only took one shot for this hero to take down the bad guy, the police have to use as many bullets as they can to empty their weapons and reload again so they can make sure the bad guy stays down.

  5. mike kerrigan

    July 20, 2022 at 1:45 pm

    Conceal Carry License Holders improve odds of survival – although they maybe under gunned –

    They still have a chance if they find themselves in a mass shooting scenario.

    That is why continued training is a must…

  6. Charlie883

    July 20, 2022 at 1:21 pm

    The leftists know this hero saved lives. The leftists don’t care. They want mass shootings to advance their political goal of a disarmed American populace.

  7. Julia

    July 20, 2022 at 12:18 pm


  8. Mac

    July 20, 2022 at 12:16 pm

    The leftist gun grabbers can’t figure out that making more and more laws won’t stop people who don’t care about obeying laws. Drugs were outlawed decades ago, why do we have a bigger drug problem now then before gullible liberals?

    • Joe Tee

      July 20, 2022 at 3:13 pm

      Mac……1000% correct. They’ll NEVER figure this out….too blind to the facts!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. KT Goodman

    July 20, 2022 at 11:38 am

    Those persons bent on doing unlawful acts will not be swayed by more restrictions placed upon law abiding citizens. They will be emboldened. And more innocent people will be harmed either by gun violence or intimidation

  10. Sylvianne Ledee-Doucette

    July 20, 2022 at 11:22 am

    Thank God for this armed citizen for his actions in saving lives at the Mall. One does not see honest citizens doing foolish things weapons, it is only those who have issues that the news passes on. Restrictive gun laws only hurt law abiding citizens and the normal populace, not the criminals. Laws will not affect criminals as they will always have access to guns and know that citizens will not…thus crime will increase dramatically and we will become a frightened society where Criminals rule both within and outside the legal system. Plus, they will turn on the Liberals and Democrats who cater to them.

  11. JonsOn

    July 20, 2022 at 10:23 am

    According to the left not enough people dies in that mall that day. What a bunch of sick people! Remember the democrat party is not out for your goodwill but only their power over your life.

    • James

      July 20, 2022 at 12:51 pm

      The gun banning groups are down playing a armed law abiding citizen saving lives.

      One article said ” but what if he missed and he shot innocent bystanders?” Well, he didn’t, did he?

      Another said that he was just lucky with his shooting. I don’t understand why these gun banning groups are suddenly ” experts” on shooting and gunsmithing.

      Of course the goal of the gun banning groups and gun banning politicians is a complete and total ban on the ownership of all firearms and accessories. Some have even come out for a ban of any type of gun books and gunsmithing supplies.

      Sounds like they want to make America into China.

      China has come out against the 2nd amendment. They talk about how only soldiers, police and government officials have guns. How do you think they can ” control” 1.3 billion people?

      The Chinese government supports the gun banning groups in America.

      China wants Australia, New Zealand and America.

      China is buying up USA farmland and ranch land. China just bought a farm in North Dakota near a top secret air force base.
      Stop the buy up of american farmland by foreign countries.
      American farmland for American citizens only!

      The gun banning groups say that you don’t need a handgun for protection as you will get “confused” and shoot yourself or shoot your family members. Huh?

      The gun banning groups and gun banning politicians say the police will protect you. Say, aren’t these the same people who want to defund-abolish the police ?

      Want to stop these shooters? Arrest and put their parents in jail. After all, they are they ones who raised them like this. It’s all their fault! They are responsible. Put the parents in jail.

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