Elisjsha Dicken, the 22-year-old man who shot the Indiana Greenwood Park Mall shooter was able to stop the killing because of Constitutional Carry laws in the state. Indiana’s “permitless carry” document says, “On July 1, 2022, the State of Indiana will no longer require a handgun permit to legally carry, conceal or transport a handgun within the state.”
WTHR reported that the gunman entered the mall just before 5 p.m. and entered a restroom where he placed his cell phone in the toilet and prepared his weapons.
Around an hour later, the gunman exited the restroom and began shooting. A total of four people died in the shooting, including the gunman.
When Dickson confronted the gunman, he fired 10 rounds and hit him, though it was not reported how many times he struck the gunman. The gunman died as a result of Dickson’s heroic actions.
Police said the gunman fired 24 rounds and witnesses said they heard 20 rounds in the food court.
Greenwood Police Chief Jim Ison said, “This has shaken us to our core. This isn’t something we’ve seen in Greenwood before. It is absolutely horrendous.”
The importance of Constitutional Carry goes well beyond this shooting. Looking at several other mass shootings across the country, it’s easy to see that having more good people carry firearms is going to curb these types of shootings.
Easier access to firearms and a more widely defined manner that law-abiding citizens are allowed to carry them will separate gunmen from the victims and stop mass shootings as soon as possible.
In 2017, a study found that the average police response was 11 minutes. That’s a long time to wait for a good guy with a gun. It’s imperative that Americans learn how to shoot effectively and follow local and state laws in order to carry firearms when they’re able. Constitutional Carry is opening that door even wider for law-abiding citizens to carry firearms when and where they want to.
At this time, there are 25 states that have Constitutional Carry. Those states include Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
In the Indiana Mall incident, Dickson didn’t have a military or police training, instead, he said that he learned how to shoot from his grandfather.