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Monday, August 15, 2022

Commentary: The Media Plays Along as FBI Undercounts Armed Citizen Responders to Mass Killers

The shooting that killed three people and injured another at a Greenwood, Indiana, mall on July 17 drew broad national attention because of how it ended – when 22-year-old Elisjsha Dicken, carrying a licensed handgun, fatally shot the attacker.

While Dicken was praised for his courage and skill – squeezing off his first shot 15 seconds after the attack began, from a distance of 40 yards – much of the news coverage drew from FBI-approved statistics to assert that armed citizens almost never stop such attackers: “Rare in US for an active shooter to be stopped by bystander” (Associated Press); “Rampage in Indiana a rare instance of armed civilian ending mass shooting” (Washington Post); and “After Indiana mall shooting, one hero but no lasting solution to gun violence” (New York Times).

3 comments:

  1. The FBI got it right: if you stop a shooting it will not become a mass shooting.
    A mass shooting once it is a mass shooting therefore has not been stopped. If it IS stopped it only was prevented from becoming a BIGGER mass shooting.

    I'll wash out my mouth and my brain, my two typing fingers and my keyboard, and apologize for thinking like a lefty politician for three minutes.

    😉😊😂😎😇

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  2. Well, the FBI never stops mass shooters, so armed citizens are still better than fibbies.

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  3. This tells me that more citizens should carry "just in case", and then the stats might just look different, even for the lieing assed FBI....

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